Warner Robins Campus Director to Guide Start - Up Phase of Middle
Georgia Innovation Center
Mike Hale, executive director of the MSC Warner Robins
Campus and the College's Institute for Business and
Information Management, is serving as interim director of the
state's Middle Georgia Innovation Center for Aircraft
Lifecycle Support in Warner Robins. The center is based
at the Warner Robins Campus. (Photo courtesy Heather
Fasciocco/Houston Home Journal)
ATLANTA - The Georgia
Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism's Office of Science and
Technology (GDITT/OST), in partnership with the University System of
Georgia, has announced the appointment of W. Michael Hale as interim
director for the Middle Georgia Innovation Center for Aircraft
Lifecycle Support (MICALS) in Warner Robins.
Hale will add the
responsibility for the MICALS start - up to his duties as executive
director of Macon State College's Warner Robins Campus and
Institute for Business and Information Management. He is a
West Point graduate with a bachelor's degree in engineering, and he
also holds a master of science in physics from the University of
Virginia and a master of science in business administration from
Boston University. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1982 with
the rank of colonel. He has extensive experience in managing
technology oriented enterprises in the public sector and has served
as chief information officer under governors in Georgia and Florida.
"This appointment is a step forward in activating another
Georgia center of excellence," said Glen Cornell, GDITT
commissioner. "Mike will help us establish the cooperative
relationships needed in Middle Georgia to create new technologies,
jobs and prosperity."
The state's centers of innovation strategy,
an initiative launched by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2003, focus on the
development of centers of excellence in the areas of aerospace,
broadband technology, bioscience, digital media, logistics, medical
technology and transaction processing. The objective of the
strategy is to grow long - term economic opportunities for all
Georgians and to attract new companies to the state.
The MICALS is a partnership between the University System of
Georgia, the area's technical colleges, private institutions and
companies and the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WRALC).
these partners will work to develop innovative engineering solutions
to transform lifecycle support for military and civilian aircraft.
Technology created in this center will then be tested by the WRALC
and private companies.
The partner institutions will also concentrate on professional
workforce development and Lean management processes that will drive
a more efficient sustainment model for aircraft support. The
center will be headquartered on Macon State's Warner Robins Campus
and offer membership to aerospace companies from across the country
and around the world. Member firms will participate in the
development of innovations and have direct access to the final
products of the center.
(Source: Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and
Tourism's Office of Science and Technology)
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