American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Tech Hub

*2023 Tech Hubs Designee

Lead Agency: Gonzaga University

State Served: Washington

Applicant-Defined Region: Spokane-Spokane Valley MSA

Core Technology Area: aerospace materials manufacturing

Contact: Maria Lusardi (

The American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Tech Hub, led by Gonzaga University, aims to develop new domestic supply chains to meet the immediate demand for high-rate production of advanced composite aerostructures in defense and commercial markets. This Tech Hub will build on its established aerospace foundation, relationships among its research institutions and private sector, and existing and growing labor market to meet the strong and growing demand for the materials that will enable more—and more sustainable—air travel. By pursuing a testbed facility to prove out high-rate methods thermoplastic composites, this Tech Hub seeks to become a global leader in making the ribs, beams, doors, and more that are critical to the next generation of lightweight aircraft.

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