Boeing is growing its presence in the Palmetto State, and this time at the University of South Carolina.
USC’s McNair Aerospace Center is teaming up with Boeing to improve aerospace technology and Boeing products.
USC President Harris Pastides was joined today by Boeing executives and Ronald McNair’s wife to announce the partnership. Ronald E. McNair was a physicist and NASA astronaut who died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L.
Cheryl McNair said, “Ron would be honored and just thrilled that this is named after him, and that his legacy will continue in South Carolina and here at the University, that he had plans to return to.”
This is the first partnership between Boeing and USC, and South Carolina’s only University-based aerospace research center.
President Pastides said he has high hopes for the students involved with the research, and he’s excited to see the partnership make South Carolina a choice destination for the aerospace industry.
“They know what lawyers and doctors and even pilots do,” he said. “But they’re really not sure what to do to get a job with Boeing, or one of the other great companies in this state, so once we help educate them about that, they’ll be here with us too.”