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NIAR receives Nadcap Accreditation for Materials Testing

Thursday, August 16, 2017

Recently Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Resarch (NIAR) received Nadcap accreditation after successfully passing a Nadcap audit in Materials Testing.

This is an expansion of NIAR’s scope of Nadcap certification to include both composites and metals.

This achievement is important for NIAR as it demonstrates the institute’s ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications and delivering the highest standards of Materials Testing.

The aim of the Nadcap program is to assess process capability for compliance to industry standards and customer requirements.

“Compliance via Nadcap accreditation is a milestone in demonstrating manufacturing excellence.” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “By obtaining Nadcap in Materials Testing, NIAR has proved to the industry that they are committed to quality and aerospace safety.”

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About Nadcap
Created in 1990 by SAE Inc., Nadcap is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute. PRI is a global provider of customer-focused solutions designed to improve process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost and promoting collaboration among stakeholders in industries where safety and quality are shared goals. PRI works closely with industry to understand their emerging needs and offers customized solutions in response. Learn more at or contact PRI at

About NIAR
NIAR is the largest university-affiliated aviation research institute in the United States. NIAR supports the aviation industry by providing research, development, testing, certification and training in areas such as, Advanced Coatings, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerodynamics, Aging Aircraft, CAD/CAM, Composites and Advanced Materials, Computational Mechanics, Crash Dynamics, Environmental and Electromagnetic Test, Full-Scale Structural Test, Mechanical Test, Nondestructive Test, Research Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation, Virtual Engineering and Virtual Reality. NIAR operates on a nonprofit budget and is located in Wichita, Kansas, the "Air Capital of the World."

Contact: Tracee Friess, director of communication for research and technology transfer, 316-978-5597 or

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