The Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC). Established in 2009, CICI’s goal is to accelerate the adoption of innovative composite materials and systems into critical infrastructure. We do this through joint research programs between the university sites and in collaboration with the composites and construction industries and infrastructure owners.
Why an NSF IUCRC?
The NSF-IUCRC program enables industrially-relevant, pre-competitive research via a multi-member, sustained partnerships among industry, academe, and government. NSF invests in these partnerships to promote research programs of mutual interest, contribute to the nation’s research infrastructure base, enhance the intellectual capacity of the engineering or science workforce through the integration of research and education, and facilitate technology transfer. IUCRC industry members include private companies, federal/state/local government agencies, and non-profits. Industry members guide the direction of the Center research through active involvement and mentoring. IUCRCs offer a platform for significant leveraging of financial investment by industry members to accelerate the knowledge base in emerging technological and manufacturing sectors and develop an industrially savvy workforce to benefit the U.S. economy.
Our Partner Institutions
We are proud to be a multi-university IUCRC. The expertise of each partner in conventional and advanced composite materials and systems complements one another, enhancing the benefits of CICI for our industry members.
For more information about our research and how to become an industry member, contact the CICI director, Dr. Rudi Seracino (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our facilities are located on NC State University’s Centennial Campus, a hub for research-industry collaboration,