The Center for Aviation Safety Research is located at Saint Louis University and is funded primarily by the FAA.
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Saint Louis University received $4.25 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to launch the Center for Aviation Safety Research (CASR). The Center – established by Congress to solve crucial aviation safety research questions and research Next-Generation Maintenance and Technology. This will allow SLU students to assist with research and enroll in dual-listed advanced courses.
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About the Center
CASR is poised to help SLU gain additional recognition as an institution that forms tomorrow’s leaders in aviation. Research results will be shared nationally through the Center’s own International Journal of Safety Across High-Consequence Industries, and related conferences will bring together professionals from non-aviation disciplines to discuss new developments in safety research.
Administratively, the CASR is headed by Dr. Manoj Patankar, the executive director and the principal investigator of the research grant, and it is housed in the Department of Aviation Science in Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University (SLU). Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the research, faculty from the John Cook School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences are actively engaged in the CASR. Further, two advisory groups—an internal group from Saint Louis University and an external group consisting of FAA personnel and other safety experts—are involved in providing strategic guidance to the Executive Director.
The Center for Aviation Safety Research Fellowship Program
In an effort to facilitate and fund safety-focused, cross-industry projects, The Center for Aviation Safety Research will award fellowships. Progress and/or results of the undertakings will be presented at the Sixth Safety Across High-Consequence Industries Conference in September, 2011. Please see the CASR Fellowship Program Overview document for details.
The Center has Identified Strategic Priorities
The goal of the Center for Aviation Safety Research at Saint Louis University is to serve as the central resource for practitioners, researchers, and consultants to develop sustainable safety initiatives across air transportation as well as other high-consequence industries.
The CASR has the following seven systemic safety research priorities:
- Safety Management Systems: Business benefits, implementation and development strategies
- Safety culture
- Maintenance Aviation Safety Action programs
- Next-generation safety assessment and lab
- Incident investigation
- Multi-risk analysis
- Next-generation maintenance and engineering
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Research in the above seven areas will be focused in the Aviation domain, but as the body of knowledge grows and becomes more robust, it could be applied in other high-consequence domains such as health care, nuclear safety, and chemical safety. Thus, the overall sustainability of the CASR relies on broadening of the funding model and revenue from multiple government and private sources.
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