The Cougs are 2-1 on the gridiron, and might be headed to 3-1, but let’s refocus for a moment. The Pride of the Palouse has notched an arguably bigger victory.
Times reporter Kyung M. Song reports from Washington, D.C. that WSU will be the West Coast half of a new research center on bio-jet fuel, and other academic inquiries into aviation topics: airport noise, carbon-dioxide emissions, and mileage improvements. Sixteen schools will share in the project, with WSU and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology anchoring the project.
The 10-year effort will be funded by a $40 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to WSU and MIT to lead the effort, Song reported. WSU will focus on bio-jet fuels. Dare one call it exhaustive research?
WSU had the academic capacity to be competitive. The school’s solid reputation paid a nice dividend. Song’s report also provides another satisfying insight. All of the Democrats and Republicans in Washington’s congressional delegation signed a letter endorsing the WSU-MIT bid.
In the spirit of the season, a solid offense helped make a difference. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell worked on the legislation and funding. Rep. Rick Larsen has Everett’s Boeing plant in his district, and he serves on the House aviation subcommittee. A nice team effort.
Washington’s aviation roots, a deep congressional roster and WSU’s talent combined for a big win.