The Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) is partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), a $4 billion technology powerhouse, to energize world-class R&D collaborations and technology innovation.
WBI reaches out to universities, small businesses, industry, federal, state and local government agencies, and international experts to solve complex problems in aerospace and national security. Parntering with AFRL, and regional, state and national economic development organizations to stimulate a vibrant industrial base by transferring technology from AFRL to businesses and the public sector. This is all done as a non-profit and neutral third party to facilitate free and open interchanges.
Specifically developed for fostering R&D collaborations and technology innovation, the 25,000 sq. ft. Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center provides a wonderful environment for bringing together subject matter experts and joint teams from government, industry and academia. It includes our IDEA Lab and Discovery Labs for exploring complex problems and experimenting.
The Tec^Edge facility is a high tech “monster garage” for rapidly prototyping and testing everything from unmanned air vehicles to electronic surveillance systems. They also reach out to a world-wide network of innovators to energize R&D collaborations and technology transfer in aerospace, advanced materials and manufacturing, human performance, sensors, and environmental technologies.