What Participation in CARD Means to Your Organization


  • 90% of center budget invested in center research activities with only 10% applied to indirect costs
  • Nonexclusive intellectual property ownership—access to all research funded by members
  • Industry-driven and company-specific R&D projects prioritized by members
  • Applied and fundamental research for optimal results
  • Cultivation of new talent and future employees for industry partners
  • Direct transfer of results to industry


  • Only center of its kind in the U.S.
  • Interdisciplinary research teams
  • Access to faculty and graduate/undergraduate students involved in center
  • State-of-the-art facilities at WPI and Illinois
  • Pre-publication technical papers
  • Workshops designed for industry members


  • Semiannual Industry Advisory Board (IAB) member meetings
  • Open forum and distribution of information to all members
  • Interaction with key players in U.S. manufacturing industry
  • Opportunities to collaborate on research with other I/UCRCs
  • Personal relationships between industry and university faculty