Clemson and Washington college form collaboration to build aerospace workforce.

Two land-grant universities in states where Boeing has a large footprint have kicked off a partnership designed to spur shared knowledge and collaboration among the aerospace giant's future workforce.

Clemson University and Washington State University Everett formed CATTs Cougars and Tigers Together as a joint initiative to better prepare college students for successful careers at Boeing.

The CATTs program kicks off in Everett, Wash., in mid-October with the arrival of students from Clemson. They toured Boeing and other advanced manufacturing companies in Snohomish County and worked with WSU Everett students designing autonomous cabin disinfection systems for airplanes, according to a news release.

Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential for future pandemics, rapid and thorough disinfection of airplane cabins is a high priority both for public safety and to manage airline operating costs, according to the news release.

The CATTs team will develop a solution that can be deployed during post-flight cleaning that eliminates viral and bacterial contamination and reduces aircraft turnaround time. The project culminates in dpring 2022 when WSU Everett students travel to South Carolina and, along with their Clemson teammates, present their final report to Boeing leaders.

"We are proud to support students in the states where many of our employees live and work," Craig Bomben, vice president of Boeing Flight Operations and Test & Evaluation Design Build, said in the release. "This unique partnership helps facilitate a robust talent pipeline while helping students fulfill their career ambitions."

Clemson and WSU share strengths in engineering education, global reputation and land-grant history, and are well-positioned...

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