Wright State Research Institute lands Air Force contract

Coverage of Wright State Research Institute’s $14 million Air Force contract:

Dayton Business Journal: Why Wright State’s new $14M sensor research contract is a bigger deal than you probably realize

The impact of the contract, however, will likely go well beyond its monetary value and help better position Wright State Research Institute for bigger revenue and national prominence.

Here’s how: For starters, the contract should spur a lot of basic research that feeds other defense applications and commercialization opportunities, said Dennis Andersh, CEO of Wright State Applied Research Corp., the nonprofit arm of the institute.

“From a fundamental research perspective, this is probably one of the better sensor teams in the country,” Andersh said.

The new contract also signals the maturation of the institute and its ability to be a prime contractor on large contracts in the defense research and development world, said Jason Parker, director of Wright State Research Institute.

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Dayton Daily News: Wright State Research Institute lands $14 million Air Force contract

Wright State Research Institute has beat eight competitors to land a seven-year, $14 million contract to develop sensor technologies, according to the Department of Defense.

The research institute will work with the Sensors Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, which awarded the contract. The directorate is at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Dennis Andersh, WSRI chief executive officer, said the multi-million dollar contract was a “significant win” to bolster homeland security and could produce spin-off commercial technologies such as improving collision avoidance radars and autonomous cars.

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Dayton Business Journal: Wright State Research Institute lands $14M Air Force sensors deal

The U.S. Air Force has tapped Wright State Research Institute for as much as $14 million in aerospace sensor work. Late Friday, the Department of Defense announced WSRI won a seven-year contract for the Sensor and Information Research Center for Understanding Systems program.

The work – which includes fundamental research in sensing and sensor exploitation technologies – will be done for Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Officials say the idea is to have researchers working on innovative ground-breaking solutions for fundamental research projects that address some of the most difficult sensor challenges and to find technology breakthroughs.

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