Aerospace is the second largest industry in the state, with over 500 aerospace-related
companies calling South Carolina home. The McNAIR Center's mission is to support
this rapidly growing industry by offering aerospace education, research, outreach
and economic engagement.
Named in honor of SC native and Challenger astronaut, the
Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research was founded in 2011 with donations from
Darla Moore, Anita Zucker and Marva Smalls. The McNAIR Center’s mission is to grow
South Carolina's knowledge-based economy and support industry through Ronald E. McNair aerospace education, research leadership and industry advancement.
The main thrust areas of the McNAIR Center's core research include:
steered fiber nonconventional laminate design
automated novel structural composite part production
multi-disciplinary design optimization of composite (aircraft) structures
automated, fusion based assembly
Partnerships are critical to our success. As we align with industry partners, universities
and the S.C. Department of Commerce, we are dedicated to creating opportunities for
investment and collaboration through the services we provide and the products and
technology that we develop.
The road between South Carolina and space flight is not a very simple one, nor one
filled with guarantees. In fact, the only guarantees to be found are those that reside
in the unchallenged depths of one's own determination.
- Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986)
ACE ’15 shed the light on the importance of thermoplastics and the need to better
understand how manufacturing processes can profit from the advantage thermoplastics
can influence new composites. The grafting of thermoset thermoplastic is one of those
many innovations. Finally, a vital step is the integration of post manufacturing defects,
damage growth and repair techniques to keep pushing forward the manufacturing of the
Click here to download ACE'15 Proceedings>>
The 3rd Annual SC Aerospace Conference and Expo will be held August 24-25 at the
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The Conference and Expo are designed to bring together leaders from the aviation
industry, government and the investment community.
Visit the Conference Website to learn more!
The McNAIR Center is located at 1000 Catawba Street, Columbia, SC 29201. For tours
and information, contact:
Adrianne BeasleyProgram Manager 803-777-9784 firstname.lastname@example.org