NASGRO® Consortium Manager
Research Institute® serves as the NASGRO Consortium Manager.
In this capacity, SwRI plays a
number of important roles, such as:
Managing the financial and legal functions
of the Consortium
Promoting dialogue between users and the
NASGRO development team
Leading the identification, prioritization,
and development of new capabilities
Organizing annual Interagency Working Group
(IWG) and Consortium meetings
Maintaining the NASGRO website (www.nasgro.swri.org)
Organizing and presenting NASGRO short
Promoting wider use of NASGRO and broader
Leveraging additional investments in NASGRO
from other sources
SwRI provides several organizational strengths
in this role:
SwRI is an independent, nonprofit
SwRI is an impartial “third party” that does
not compete with the participant companies and therefore can arbitrate
fairly between different needs and perspectives. The Institute nonprofit
status provides a noncommercial focus on technology development and
technology transfer. The legal status of SwRI also provides unique
flexibility in forming contractual relationships with government and
SwRI has an international reputation in
structural integrity technology.
The Institute has extensive experience in
developing and packaging technology for a wide range of aerospace and
non-aerospace customers. The SwRI staff includes several internationally
recognized experts in fatigue and fracture mechanics research. SwRI has a
long history of working with both industry and government.
The Institute has broad experience and
expertise in structural integrity software development and licensing.
In addition to working closely with NASA/JSC
since 2001 to develop new NASGRO releases, SwRI also develops and licenses
other major computer codes for specialized reliability and integrity
analysis, including NESSUS® and
DARWIN®. Internal support is available from
a large software engineering department.
SwRI is conveniently located in San Antonio,
San Antonio is only a short distance away
from the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the other NASGRO development
team members in Houston, Texas. SwRI has worked closely with NASA/JSC for
SwRI is one of the original and largest
independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the
United States. It was founded in 1947 as a nonprofit corporation to provide
contract research and development services to industrial and government clients.
The Institute consists of
11 technical divisions that offer
multidisciplinary, problem-solving services in a variety of areas in the
physical sciences and engineering.
More than 2 million square feet of office and
laboratory space are maintained on a
1,200 acre site in San Antonio, Texas. The
total regular staff currently numbers more than
2,973. The Institute's total revenue
for fiscal year 2012 was
$584 million, divided almost equally between the
government and commercial sectors.
Further information about Southwest Research
Institute is available at www.swri.org.
Structural Engineering Department
Southwest Research Institute®
(SwRI®) is an independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical
sciences research and development organization with
technical divisions using
multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving. The Institute occupies
1,200 acres and provides
nearly two million square feet of laboratories, test facilities, workshops, and offices for more than
employees who perform contract work for industry and government clients.