Boeing, known for being a major developer and supplier in the defense, space, and security fields, have decided to invest in a few research and development projects at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The projects range from materials development to text analytics, all designed to advance their current state-of-the-art. For a full breakdown of the projects visit the Boeing press release.
The projects are part of Canada’s Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) policy, a policy which requires large contractors like Boeing to invest in the economy if awarded larger national contracts. Worth ~$32 billion, and generating roughly $1 billion in Canadian business annually, Boeing creates jobs and research projects here in Canada, as a result of winning four mostly defence-related government contracts.
Martha Crago, VP of Research at Dalhousie University, is excited for the results the opportunity will bring. “The research community at Dalhousie values our relationships with the private sector, not only for the advancement of knowledge but also for commercial applications that improve quality of life and create good jobs. Our Boeing relationship will be mutually beneficial and increase the amount of world-class R&D being performed in Halifax."