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moncler clearance Lynne Chronister, USA's vice president for research and economic development; Tony G. Waldrop, USA president; and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson held a media conference Oct. 14 to discuss their tours of Airbus sites in Europe. (Sally Pearsall Ericson | sericson@al.com)

-- Airbus Americas Engineering is eager to set up shop with the University of South Alabama, particularly with the university's research division, USA leaders said Tuesday after returning from

A delegation from the university, along with Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Dave Trent, site director for Airbus Americas Mobile Engineering office, toured Airbus sites in Toulouse, France, and in Munich and met with executives.

USA's delegation included; Alec Yasinsac, dean of the school of computing; John Steadman, dean of the college of engineering; and, vice president for research and economic development. Stimpson participated as a member of the USA Board of Trustees.

The group made a series of presentations, including one to the company's Executive Technology Council.

At a media conference on Tuesday, Waldrop said the university's work with cybersecurity and its research on carbon-fiber composites were the areas of most interest to Airbus executives.

University researchers have developed techniques to strengthen and improvecarbon-fiber composites, used in automobiles and in the outside hulls of planes, Waldrop said.

Chronister said the visits were particularly productive because of the level of discourse. "What this trip did is move us from developing a relationship to becoming a true collaborator," she said.

USA's work in cybersecurity should lead to a productive partnership with Airbus, which is increasingly focusing on product security in all areas of its technology, Waldrop said.

Numerous professors and graduate students in the university's School of Computing are specializing in those areas, he said.

The trip, travel for which was paid for by the university, included a stop atthe company's Ludwig Bolkow campus in Munich, which conducts research in collaboration with Technical University of Munich.

Stimpson was particularly impressed with the business-university partnership, he said.

He was also pleased to see so many "spinoff companies" created as offshoots of Airbus and its research teams, and predicts much of the same economic opportunities coming to Mobile. "Any time you create and start a company from ground zero, it's certainly a positive," he said.

The visit also showed Airbus executives that the university and the city are already working well together as a team, Waldrop said. "That speaks well for us as a community" and is a good bargaining chip to attract other businesses and industries to the area, he said.

The partnerships with Airbus should also lead to more USA graduates finding good jobs and staying in Mobile, Stimpson said. "The hope is that it will help us grow the community," he said.

Airbus is currentlyon U.S. soil at, expected toin the company's ability to efficiently fill the mounting backlog for the popular single-aisle aircraft. Theis slated to come online in 2015, deliver its first Mobile-assembled aircraft the following year andwhen it reachesby 2018.


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