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McNAIR Center

McNair Center Lab


Access equipment and facilities that are 10 times the size of normal research environments.

In addition to accessing cutting-edge facilities, our services could include research, product development and prototyping, and systems testing and evaluation. 


  • Fiber placement facility (Ingersoll Machine Tools Lynx AFP 16 x 0.250”) operational and available for large scale specimen production, prototyping and research
  • Fusion bonding laboratory operational and available for induction welding, VARTM, friction stir welding and basic research
  • Computational design facility operational including CAD and CAE environment, and also optimization infrastructure
  • Aircraft and component testing (design, sensor optimization, analytics)
  • Digital Transformation Lab (development of digital transformation use cases with various partners)


  • Open and proprietary research support to consortia and companies
  • Manufacturing research (process development, part production, assembly, qualification, DFM)
  • Materials research (synthesis, surface treatments)
  • Maintenance research (condition based maintenance, inspection technology, evaluation strategies, repair technology)
  • Unmanned vehicles (aerial, ground, and marine)
  • Digital transformation of industry
  • Digital twin development
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Predictive analytics (remaining useful life, diagnostic/prognostic, fault detection, design optimization)
  • Automated fiber placement (design optimization, process planning, materials, toolpath optimization, defect anticipation, data analytics)
  • Combustion (energy conversion and propulsion, rapid fuel characterization tools, control and diagnostics)

Product Development/Prototyping or Systems Testing/Evaluation

  • Material testing and characterization (NDI, NDE, Destructive testing, Acoustic Emission)
  • Health monitoring (System design, testing, basic research)
  • Dynamic testing
  • Certification support
  • Computational design, analysis and optimization
  • Component testing (design, sensor development and optimization, analytics)


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.