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Engineering Professional Associations
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Government Web Sites
Langely Research Center - NASA
Langley is known for solving the tough problems in air, space and earth science. Its reputation for exceptional research started soon after Langley was established as the United States' first civilian aeronautics laboratory in 1917.
Researchers at Langley focus on some of the biggest technical challenges of our time: global climate change, access to space and revolutionizing airplanes and the air transportation system.
Materials & Manufacturing Directorate - U.S. Air Force
The Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate develops materials, processes, and advanced manufacturing technologies for aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components.
Materials Sciences Division - U.S. Department of Energy
At Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, we advance the fundamental science of materials within the context of global energy-related challenges. We develop experimental and theoretical techniques to design, discover, and understand new materials and phenomena at multiple time and length scales
MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers)
This site is the internet hub of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC), a network of Centers located at academic institutions throughout the United States, funded by the National Science Foundation. This website provides organized connections to information and resources at the various MRSECs for the international scientific, industrial, and educational materials research and development communities.
Transportation & Technology R&D Center - Argonne Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) goals call for increasing the efficiency and productivity of energy use, while limiting the environmental impacts. In support of these goals, Argonne’s Transportation Technology Research and Development Center (TTRDC) brings together scientists and engineers from many disciplines to find cost-effective solutions to the problems of foreign oil dependency and greenhouse gas emissions.