ASCENT – the Aviation Sustainability Center – is a cooperative aviation research organization co-led by Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Also known as the Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment, ASCENT is funded by the FAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, Transport Canada, and the Environmental Protection Agency. ASCENT works to create science-based solutions for the aviation industry’s biggest challenges. A coalition of 16 leading US research universities and over 60 private sector stakeholders committed to reducing the environmental impact of aviation, ASCENT also works in partnership with international research programs, federal agencies and national laboratories to create an all-inclusive research capability for whatever environmental impact obstacle the aviation industry faces.

Our Mission

The Aviation Sustainability Center is

  • Focusing on meeting the environmental and energy goals of the Next Generation Air Transportation system, including reducing noise, improving air quality, reducing climate impacts, and energy efficiency.
  • Exploring ways to produce sustainable aviation fuels at commercial scale, creating an industry with the potential for large-scale economic development and job creation.
  • Discovering science-based solutions will benefit the aviation industry and improve the health and quality of life of those living and working around airports.



Job Opening: Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, EV-340-02

FAA is seeking a Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Policy, International Affairs and Environment. The Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment (APL) provides Executive oversight for APL’s five program areas; i.e., aviation policy, environment and energy, national engagement and regional administration, international affairs and governance and business operations. The incumbent […]

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Job Opening: FAA Office of Environment and Energy, Noise Division, General Engineer

FAA is seeking entry level engineer(s) for the Noise Division.  Candidates are expected to have some experience with acoustics, preferably with civil subsonic jets.  Position includes exposure to analytical studies, aircraft noise certification, research, the National Environmental Policy Act noise analyses, and domestic/international policy support.  Self-motivated, team-oriented individuals are welcome. General Engineer position, FV-0801-H, located […]

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Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet

Sometime this summer, a United Airlines flight will take off from Los Angeles International Airport bound for San Francisco using fuel generated from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats. Read more at the New York Times.

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