Wichita State University (WSU)

Wichita State University has operated the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) since 1985, the most capable university-based aviation research center in the U.S. WSU provides research, design, testing, certification and training to the aviation manufacturing industry, government agencies, educational entities and other clients. NIAR operates on a non-profit budget that has steadily increased to more than $46 million. Clients include Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Beechcraft and Spirit Aerosystems. The institution offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: aerospace, biomedical, electrical and computer, industrial, systems, and manufacturing and mechanical. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and 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. WSU is also currently a core institution partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for UAS Research.