Director Bredeson heads to Dubai for Washington’s aerospace growth


Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Director, Mary Kaye Bredeson has left for Dubai and Abu Dhabi to generate aerospace business for Washington State.

Photo of map of Dubai

Center Director, Bredeson to travel to Dubai

Bredeson said, “Everything you read and many of the recent aerospace summits report that the Middle East, particularly Abu Dhabi and Dubai are strongly investing in aerospace.” She noted that the people of the Middle East have realized the need to diversify from their reliance on oil alone for their economy.

To quote Mubadala, the Arabic word for ‘exchange’ – that was established by the Government of Abu Dhabi as a principal agent in the diversification of Abu Dhabi’s economy: “Building on this core mandate, Mubadala leads and supports a number of initiatives designed to engage and inspire younger generations to participate in the opportunities that are being created in the UAE, and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for all.”

Aerospace, along with educational and healthcare infrastructure are key sectors that the United Arab Emirates are investing in, and supporting for their future. Bredeson will meet with the President of Boeing, Middle East on her visit. She will also meet with other key partners.

Planned Tours:

Strata Manufacturing; partner of Boeing, Middle East

Strata is developing a market leading composite aero structures manufacturing facility based in Al Ain. Designed to meet the demands of the 21st century aerospace industry by working closely with customers and partners, combining leading-edge technology, best practice manufacturing processes and an integrated supply chain, to deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions that drive efficiency and growth. Strata aims to become a Tier 1 supplier; designing, developing and manufacturing major aircraft units, such as wings and empennages for the next generation of commercial aircraft. Strata is supporting the development of the Al Ain Aerospace Park (Nibras).

Abu Dhabi Polytechnic Aviation (AD-Poly Aviation)

Abu Dhabi Polytechnic Aviation (AD-Poly Aviation) is the aviation branch under Abu Dhabi Polytechnic which is an entity within the renowned Institute of Applied Technology. Our mission is to drive forward the Emiratisation of aerospace careers by providing opportunities for young UAE nationals to become qualified in the field of aircraft maintenance. They are determined that our Academy will be regarded as the leading specialized aviation educational establishment in the Middle East.

 AD-Poly Aviation is an “EASA” part 147 Aircraft Maintenance Training Organization

“EASA” is the European Aviation Safety Agency and has accredited this Academy to perform training at the highest international standards. Their facilities incorporate state-of-the-art training and teaching equipment, including workshops, laboratories, and a fully-functioning hangar together with a number of aircraft for the purposes of ground training.

Bredeson will report upon the trip when she returns.

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About COEAerospace

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing of Washington state is a conduit for collaboration and engagement between industry and K-12 and post secondary higher education. We work to develop the talent pipeline and economic infrastructure to facilitate continuous innovation and growth for aerospace and manufacturing in our state and beyond.
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