Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision


The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) is a non-profit research and graduate education institute created to conduct leading-edge aerospace and atmospheric research, develop new technologies for the nation and help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

 Our Vision

“To be a recognized leader in innovative aerospace research, exemplary education, and inspirational outreach.”

Our Mission

–     Lead and conduct synergistic research with government, academia and industrial partners to stimulate innovation and creativity

–     Deliver unique, collaborative, and comprehensive graduate and continuing education in science and engineering

–     Inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers and scientists and provide outreach for the public good

–     Incubate and commercialize new intellectual property developed through NIA’s research activities

 Our Objectives

–     Establish collaborative research and education centers that are internationally recognized for important intellectual contributions in aerospace-related engineering, science, and technology.

–     Remain strategically aligned with NASA Langley and respond to NASA’s research and development, education, and outreach priorities as they evolve.

–     Develop and grow non-NASA support for research, education and outreach programs, including a robust collaborative research program with the global aerospace industry.

–     Collaborate closely with university partners in fulfilling NIA’s vision

–     Attract the highest quality researchers, faculty, and students to conduct a collaborative, multi-disciplinary education and research program.

Our Values

–     Our people are our strength

–     Dedication to every stakeholder’s success through excellent service

–     Innovation in research and education that impacts future generations

–     Trust and accountability in all relationships

–     We share one vision and act as one Team

–     We embrace change and reward innovation



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