America Makes selected the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), a part of Wichita State University (WSU) in Wichita, Kansas, a Platinum-level member, as the site of our third America Makes Satellite Center.
For more than 30 years, NIAR 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 industries. As our next America Makes Satellite Center, NIAR will have the unique distinction of being our first industry-specific Satellite Center solely focused on advancing the use of additive manufacturing within the aerospace industry.
NIAR’s mission is to conduct research, transfer technology and enhance education for the purpose of advancing the nation’s aviation industry. With 20 on-site labs with representation by nearly every aerospace OEM, NIAR offers capabilities, technology, and expertise that are unlike those of any other test lab. Additionally, NIAR is also home to the Federal Aviation Administration (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. These centers promote the safety, research, manufacturing and design elements of today’s aviation industry, strengthening airworthiness assurance in the short- and long-term.