The NIAR/Industry/State (NIS) research program was created by the Kansas State Legislature in 2004 to support the efforts of Kansas aviation manufacturing industry to compete in the global technological environment.
While this research program is operated through NIAR, all research projects are identified and selected by an executive committee composed of representatives from The Boeing Company, Bombardier/Learjet, Cessna Aircraft Company, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems. WSU’s associate vice president for research, the executive director of NIAR and the dean of the College of Engineering serve in a project management capacity.
In its first year, the program received $1 million in funding, which supported 10 research programs. The second (FY04) and third (FY05) were funded by the Kansas State Legislature in the amount of $2 million.