Southwest Research Institute
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development (R&D) organizations in the United States. Founded in 1947, SwRI provides contract research and development services to industrial and government clients in the United States and abroad. The Institute is governed by a board of directors, which is advised by approximately 100 trustees.
SwRI offers multidisciplinary, problem-solving services in a variety of areas in engineering and the physical sciences. Historically, nearly 2,000 projects are open at the Institute at any one time. These projects are funded almost equally between the government and commercial sectors. SwRI’s total revenue for fiscal year 2009 was $564 million. In 2009, SwRI funded $8.7 million to its internally sponsored R&D program, which is designed to encourage new ideas and innovative technologies.
SwRI’s headquarters occupies more than 2 million square feet of office and laboratory space on a more than 1,200-acre site in San Antonio. The Institute has business offices in Houston; and Washington; and technical offices and laboratories in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Atlanta; Beijing, China; Boulder, Colo.; Fort Hood, Texas; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Huntsville, Ala.; Hanover and Rockville, Md.; Layton, Utah; Minneapolis, Minn.; O'Fallon, Ill.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Warner Robins, Ga.; and Lorton, Va. In addition, SwRI provides environmental monitoring expertise at munitions disposal sites at the Umatilla Army Depot at Hermiston, Ore., and the Pine Bluff Chemical Depot at Pine Bluff, Ark.
At the close of fiscal year 2009, the staff numbered 3,224, including 272 professionals who hold doctorate-level degrees and 518 at the master’s level degrees. In 2009, staff members published 420 papers in the technical literature; made 371 presentations at technical conferences, seminars and symposia around the world; submitted 74 invention disclosures; filed 46 patent applications; and received 31 U.S. patent awards. The Institute supports professional development of its staff through on-site technical and training courses and tuition reimbursement.
The Institute has 12 technical divisions cooperating in multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. A partial listing of research areas includes: advanced electronics; aircraft structural integrity; antennas, radio wave propagation and electromagnetic modeling; automation, robotics, and intelligent systems; automotive engineering; avionics and support systems; ballistics and explosion hazards; bioengineering, biomechanics and biomaterials; chemistry and chemical engineering; communications systems and signal processing; corrosion and electrochemistry; cyber security and information assurance; Earth and planetary sciences; engineering mechanics; environmental and health sciences; fire technology; fluid systems and fluid machinery; fracture mechanics; fuels and lubricants; geochemistry and radiochemistry; geological and mining engineering; geophysical and geological investigations; hydrology and geohydrology; information and electronic warfare; intelligent transportation systems and vehicles; internal combustion engine emissions research; manufacturing technology; marine technology; materials sciences; medical information systems; modeling and simulation; nondestructive evaluation; oil and gas exploration and development; optics and sensor technology; penetration and armor mechanics; pipeline technology; probabilistic mechanics and uncertainty quantification; risk and hazard assessment; signal exploitation and geolocation; software engineering; space science; space instrumentation and spacecraft systems; structural engineering; surface modification and coatings; surveillance technology, training systems and simulators; unmanned aerial vehicles and systems; vehicle, engine and powertrain design, research and development.
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