With 135,000 square feet of research and office space, the institute is home to more than a dozen labs, including Advanced Coatings, Advanced Joining and Processing, Aging Aircraft, CAD/CAM, Composites and Advanced Materials, Computational Mechanics, Crash Dynamics, Environmental Test, Full-Scale Structural Test, Mechanical Test, Nondestructive Testing, Virtual Reality and the Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel. Other labs offer support in Calibration and Quality, Metrology and Machining services to keep our primary labs running smoothly.
NIAR is also proud to hold two FAA Center of Excellence designations. NIAR is a Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research (CGAR) and is the headquarters for the Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM).Other government organizations have also designated NIAR as a research hub. NASA sponsors the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), located within NIAR, and the National Science Foundation has named WSU/NIAR as a Center for Friction Stir Processing (CFSP).
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