Center for Advanced Air Mobility

Introducing the Future of Air Transportation: Kent State's Center for Advanced Air Mobility

Kent State University is excited to announce the establishment of the Center for Advanced Air Mobility (CAAM) within the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. This cutting-edge center will serve as a hub of innovation, research, and collaboration, bringing together faculty, staff, students, and external partners from government, academia, and industry to address the transformative field of advanced air mobility.

What is Advanced Air Mobility?

Advanced air mobility represents a groundbreaking integration of autonomous aircraft technology into the national airspace and the global economy. It aims to revolutionize low-level air transportation by providing safe, efficient, and sustainable solutions for passenger and cargo transport. Kent State's Center for Advanced Air Mobility is at the forefront of this emergent field, focusing on sustainability, clean energy, and the advancement of key technologies.

Driving Innovation and Collaboration

At the Center for Advanced Air Mobility, a multidisciplinary community of researchers and practitioners will collaborate to tackle the challenges and opportunities presented by advanced air mobility. Through robust research and test endeavors, the center will drive technological advancements, contribute to policy development, and establish crucial partnerships that propel the industry forward.

A Catalyst for Research and Workforce Development

The center's primary mission is to foster research, test, and development in advanced air mobility. By establishing strategic partnerships and collaborations, the center will provide unique opportunities for workforce development in this rapidly growing industry. Students and researchers will gain hands-on experience, expand their knowledge of key technologies and systems, and become leaders in the field of advanced air mobility.

Shaping the Future of Air Transportation

Kent State's Center for Advanced Air Mobility will actively contribute to gather data to inform rulemaking and policy that govern this emerging industry on a local and national scale. It will serve as a prominent hub for expertise, working towards the transfer and dissemination of knowledge, fostering innovation, and driving advancements that will shape the future of air transportation.

Join us at the forefront of this transformative field, where sustainability, innovation, and collaboration converge. Kent State's Center for Advanced Air Mobility is poised to lead the way in advancing the integration of autonomous aircraft technology, making a lasting impact on the future of air mobility.


The first Ohio AAM Higher Education Workshop , "Advanced Air Mobility Capabilities: Mapping Areas for Collaborations," was held at our Kent campus on October 26, 2023. The conference proceeding can be found here [PDF]. This workshop explored the implementation of a community-driven collaborative approach for workforce development and research addressing awareness of opportunities for K-12 and upskilling the current workforce for new career paths. Future workshops will incorporate hands-on opportunities as part of the curriculum and include revisions to incorporate new knowledge, technologies, regulations, and policies for certification.

CAAM Director Dr. Marla Perez-Davis

Portrait of Dr. Marla Pérez-Davis

Dr. Perez-Davis is the Director of Kent State's new Center for Advanced Air Mobility.  Dr. Perez-Davis formerly served as the Director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland where she oversaw all operations of the renowned research institution.  In December of 2022, it was announced that Dr. Perez-Davis was selected to serve as a member of the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group (UAG). The UAG provides the National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris, advice and recommendations on matters related to space policy and strategy.

Dr. Perez-Davis is the recipient of numerous awards including but not limited to the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the prestigious Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives, and being honored as one of 2015 Crain’s Women of Note, and one of the Top 25 Elite Business Women. Most recently, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award and Recognition by Women in Aerospace.