Orville and Wilbur Wright, from Dayton, developed wing designs for an airplane, and on December 17, 1903, successfully flew their powered aircraft. Their fledgling technology soon revolutionized the world. Today, Ohio has over 37,000 employees working in the private aerospace and aviation industry.

Building better, faster jet engines

Aerospace engineers such as Ohio State University professor Jen-Ping Chen, Ph.D., depend on modeling and simulations of turbomachinery, the alternating sections of spinning and fixed blades in a jet engine’s compressor and turbine, because the multiple stages and extreme temperatures make it difficult to conduct experimental measurements.