Rolls-Royce Invests in Future of Engineering

Thursday, June 29, 2006
Rolls-Royce has donated a 501-K5A industrial gas turbine to The George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). GW Engineering students will use the gas turbine to develop a finite element computer model and conduct analysis in jet engine failure preventions as well as a range of other topics. They will also use digitized data from the 501-K5 to help create a generic engine model. The engine will be housed at the University’s National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) in Ashburn, VA. It was formally unveiled at a ceremony yesterday. “ We view this donation as an investment in future engineers and in the future of engineering,” said Pat Marolda, President, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine and SEAS alumnus. “ The 501-K5 is a great engine with a wonderful history, and SEAS is an outstanding program with a bright future. Together they’re a perfect fit.” The donation process began nearly two years ago when Rolls-Royce learned SEAS was looking for a gas turbine engine to enhance the learning experience for its students. Marolda worked with the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust in Indianapolis, IN to identify and refurbish the 501-K5A. Rolls-Royce is an active supporter of education around the world, especially in those communities where it has facilities. The company’s North American regional corporate headquarters is located in Chantilly, VA, very near the NCAC. Last week, the winners of the first Rolls-Royce Science Prize, an initiative to encourage science and technology teaching in UK schools, received their awards from Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, at the company’s Derby facility.

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