Arizona Governor Ducey visits the university. Arizona Wind Tunnel Project, Participates in Workforce Development Roundtable


Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was in Tucson last week to tour the Arizona Supersonic Wind Tunnel with Arizona President Bobby Robbins, Raytheon Missiles and Defense President Wes Kremer, and several members of the program. in aerospace and mechanical engineering from the university. The governor also participated in a roundtable on workforce development.

Visiting southern Arizona for the 93rd time since taking office in January 2015, Ducey emphasized the importance of the state’s robust university system and innovative job creators in forging a competitive economy.

“The state’s educators and workforce leaders do an incredible job helping the people of Arizona find meaningful work and ensuring the success of our small businesses,” said Ducey.

Arizona Supersonic Wind Tunnel Project Set to Receive $ 3.5 Million Investment in Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget Proposal, Improving Wind Tunnel Infrastructure and Increasing Student Capacity interacting with and working in the wind tunnel.

“I think that not only what we see is essential for the future of our economy, but also for the future of our national defense,” said Ducey.

The supersonic wind tunnel is used to test “how hypersonic technologies react under specific conditions, such as speeds and attacks”.

UArizona is working with Raytheon to move the project forward.

Following his tour of the Arizona campus, Governor Ducey led a workforce development panel discussion alongside key stakeholders. In addition to Robbins and Kremer, attendees included:

  • Dr David Hahn, Craig M. Berge Dean, Arizona College of Engineering;
  • Ted Maxwell, president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council;
  • Kathy Prather, Superintendent and CEO of Pima JTED;
  • Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College;
  • Steve Holmes, principal of the Sunnyside Unified School District;
  • Kate Hoffman, Founder and CEO of Earn to Learn.

The group discussed how state government, local governments, public-private partnerships, academia and the private sector could work together to expand career opportunities in the state. Governor Ducey has made supporting small businesses a priority.


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