University Partners

NIAR’s research facility is located on the main campus of Wichita State University. The relationship between WSU and NIAR has helped many Wichita organizations get their start. The close proximity of the two means we’ve got the industry’s best minds at our fingertips. And we’re not talking just about engineers, even though 30 percent of Wichita’s industry engineers are WSU graduates.

No, we’ve got Wichita’s righthand men and women, the ones who provide advice, training and management to local businesses in areas such as marketing and technology. Many of these businesses got their start at WSU and NIAR and to this day share similar goals.

To learn more about these organizations and how they can help you, click on the individual logo links below.


Wichita State University, founded in 1895 as a Congregational institution, is distinguished from other state supported schools in Kansas by its urban setting. Wichita State's location in the largest city in Kansas enhances the traditional classroom experience by providing students greater opportunities in resources, contacts with business and government leaders, employment, and internships.

With an enrollment of more than 15,000, Wichita State prides itself on specialized attention to each student. Although the University's students come from almost every state in America and 110 foreign countries, 87 percent are from Kansas, representing nearly all counties in the state.




The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was established in October 1983 and is affiliated with the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC). Administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SBDC provides management assistance to current and prospective business owners. Services provided include financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems and feasibility studies.



The Wichita Technology Corporation (WTC) was started at NIAR in 1994. As a consulting service, WTC’s mission is to support technology advancement, transfer and commercialization in the Wichita and South Central Kansas area. WTC is a partnership between the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation (KTEC), Wichita State University and Wichita Area Development.



The Office of Research Administration (ORA) serves as the foundation for NIAR through proposal preparation, meeting cost share requirements and dealing with export regulations. Together, they share a commitment to the economic development of the state and local community by providing the highest quality research and the best possible service to the aviation industry and federal agencies that support aviation.




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