Bavarian Delegation Visits MERC

WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (June 3, 2014) — The State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy, and Technology for the German State of Bavaria, Franz Josef Pschierer, is leading a German Business and Science delegation on a one-week tour of universities and engineering research centers in the southeastern states to strengthen the collaboration between Bavaria and the US in the field of Aerospace.

PschiererVice-Minister Pschierer’s delegation includes several members of the Bavarian parliament, representatives of Airbus and other German technology firms, and distinguished university professors from Munich, Wurzburg, and Augsberg.

MERC and the Houston County Development Authority welcomed the delegation to our facility on 3 June and provided an overview of MERC’s engineering capabilities and a tour of our labs.

The German State of Bavaria has an estimated 60,000 aerospace experts working across approximately 550 companies that generate annual revenue of 7 billion Euro.

About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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