About Us

Your designs need validation. That's where we come in. Whether it's a material, component, system or full airframe; we'll push it, pull it, heat it, freeze it, zap it and take it to its limits. We work with certification agencies to prove compliance and help design issue arise. Our experience with countless unique projects bring in a fresh perspective; and our capabilities, technology and expertise are unlike that of any other test lab. Bring us your test plans. You'll get results.

Our Mission:
To conduct research, transfer technology and enhance education for the purpose of advancing the nation’s aviation industry, and to assist non-aviation industries that may benefit from aviation-related technologies.

Since its inception in 1985, National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University has made a name for itself as the most capable university-based aviation research center in the United States, providing research, design, testing, certification and training to the aviation manufacturing industry, government agencies, educational entities and other clients that can benefit from our services.

With 320,000 square feet of research and office space, the institute is home to more than a dozen labs. NIAR laboratories include: Addititve Manufacturing, Advanced Coatings,Aging Aircraft, Ballistic and Impact Dynamics Research Lab, CAD/CAM, Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research, Composites & Advanced Materials, Computational Mechanics, Crash Dynamics, Environmental Test, Full-Scale Structural Test, Mechanical Test, Nondestructive Test, Research Machine Shop, Reverse Engineering, Robotics and Automation, Virtual Reality and the Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel.

As a department of Wichita State University, NIAR operates on a non-profit budget that has steadily increased to more than $46 million in 2013. And with its location in Wichita, KS, the “Air Capital of the World,” NIAR is able to integrate business, government and university entities in cooperative efforts to advance aviation technology.

NIAR is also home to the FAA Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM) and the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), which is funded through the FAA and Air Force Research Laboratory.

NIAR employs more than 400 - ranging from research scientists with PhDs to undergraduate student lab technicians, and everything in between. Our clients include Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Beechcraft and Spirit Aerosystems.


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