Research & Innovation Support

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centers

Missouri has 14 knowledge centers related to advanced manufacturing located at universities around the state.

Aerospace Research & Education Center: (St. Louis) The Aerospace Research & Education Center (AeREC) is a consortium of Washington University, Saint Louis University, The University of Missouri—Columbia, and The Missouri University of Science & Technology. Research focuses on design optimization, materials, manufacturing, structures, and control systems. AeREC’s goal is to provide education in aerospace through innovation, research, technology development, and transfer. AeREC also partners with the aerospace industry and government to assist federal research initiatives.

Alliance for Collaborative Research in Alternative Fuels Technology (All-Craft): A partnership of the University of Missouri-Columbia (lead institution), MRIGlobal in Kansas City, and others to develop low-pressure, high-capacity storage technologies for natural gas (NG, methane) and hydrogen as alternative fuels for advanced transportation.

Missouri Enterprise provides a broad range of hands-on business, technical and manufacturing optimization services, delivered by an experienced staff and a comprehensive network of public and private partners.  Missouri Enterprise helps manufacturing companies learn to evaluate and manage any or all of these 5 key aspects of their business:

  • Business Growth
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Workforce
  • Sustainability
  • Supplier Development

Missouri Southern State University Missouri Center for Advanced Systems Research (MOCAP):(Joplin) MOCAP is a cooperative effort operating out of Missouri Southern State University that also includes Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri State University, University of Missouri - Columbia, and EaglePicher Technologies. MOCAP was formed for the purposes of development of educational curriculum and facilities that enhance, promote and develop the workforce and job opportunities relating to advanced power systems.

Missouri State University Center for Applied Science and Engineering (CASE): (Springfield) Committed to the development and support of advanced materials, CASE provides engineering and support for electronics & devices, materials research, MEMS sensors and systems fabrication. CASE is also involved with “high risk” R&D, testing services, public safety issues, and educational opportunities for current and perspective employees

Missouri University of Science and Technology Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies: (Rolla) The Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT)  serves as a center of excellence in the U.S. for the development and transition of innovative advanced technologies for the aerospace manufacturing supply chain.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems: (Rolla) The mission of the center is to provide an opportunity for cooperative research between Missouri S&T researchers and industrial partners to develop appropriate technologies to bridge the gap in the areas of monitoring/diagnostic/prognostic (M/D/P) tools with industrial applications. Industrial partners the center has worked with include Caterpillar, Chevron, Honeywell, and Boeing.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Intelligent Systems Center: (Rolla) The Intelligent Systems Center (ISC)  performs basic and applied research to address technology needs and technical issues in developing intelligent systems for manufacturing and energy applications

Missouri University of Science & Technology Design Engineering Center: (Rolla) The main goal of the Center is to enhance American industrial productivity through fundamental engineering research in the key areas of mechanical, manufacturing and management engineering

Missouri University of Science & Technology Electronic Materials Applied Research Center: (Rolla) The Electronic Materials Applied Research Center (EMARC) combines the talents of research in Missouri S&T's departments of ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, and metallurgical engineering. Unlike most academic research centers, EMARC actively seeks industry inputs to identify specific technology needs as the basis for its research programming.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Materials Research Center: (Rolla) Established in 1964 , MRC provides a graduate education environment that fosters significant advances in the fields of materials science and engineering. MRC provides research facilities, an equipment base and a support infrastructure that enables faculty members, students and industry professionals to conduct successful, team-oriented research and development projects.

St. Louis Community College Emerson Center for Engineering Manufacturing: Opened in 2004, this 31,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art tooling and equipment, including 14,000 square feet of laboratory space and classrooms. The Center has laboratories for manufacturing, materials, quality assurance, civil engineering, electrical/electronic, CAD & design, and skilled trades.

University of Missouri Industrial Assessment Center: (Columbia) Offers energy audit and productivity assessment to qualified small-to-medium sized manufacturing companies.

Washington University Center for Materials Innovation: (St. Louis) A community of scholars focused on the creation, study and use of materials, including nanostructured materials, for aerospace.