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Established in 1963, the Avionics Engineering Center pioneered the combination of technical research and solution development in the areas of electronic navigation, communication, and surveillance systems related to air transportation. The center conducts ongoing research for the Federal Aviation Administration, public and private air transportation facilities and manufacturers, and various state and federal agencies.

Our researchers and administrative employees support the research, design, and testing of technology for use in navigation, landing, and warning systems for civilian and military aircraft to ensure safe operation with other aircraft and in undesirable conditions. We create for good by keeping our national airspace safe and by advancing the development of autonomous vehicles that can be used in civilian applications like crop inspection and search-and-rescue operations.

The largest research center at Ohio University, the Avionics Engineering Center supports the academic mission of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and many of our faculty and staff teach EECS courses and advise graduate students. A student at the Russ College, has the unique opportunity to pursue studies at the premier avionics research institute in the country.

If you’re already working in the aeronautical or aerospace industries, the Russ College also offers an online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with an optional specialization in Electronic Navigation Systems built on the expertise of our many faculty researchers at the Avionics Engineering Center. For more info., contact Program Director Douglas Lawrence at 740.593.1572.