Wichita State's Innovation Campus has an ever-growing list of partnerships with global, national and regional brands that have chosen to locate operations here. Here's a closer look at a few notable companies that have chosen to call Innovation Campus home.

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Airbus logo
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Connected Nation logo
Dassault logo
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Hexagon logo
Hyatt Place logo
iM Data Centers logo
Pacmar Technologies logo
NetApp logo
Sedgwick County logo
Spirit Aerosystems logo
Textron Avaiation logo
Wesley logo
City of Wichita logo
YMCA logo

Airbus BuildingAirbus

Airbus is an international reference in the aerospace sector. They design, manufacture and deliver industry-leading commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transports, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as providing data services, navigation, secure communications, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale. The company houses more than 300 employees at its Wichita Engineering Center in a 90,000-square-foot building on the Innovation Campus.

WSU student steps in to help Airbus with last-minute project need

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

ATF is establishing a regional Crime Gun Intelligence Center of Excellence; its National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) Correlation and Training Center; and the new ATF National Forensic Laboratory in two buildings on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. The Crime Gun Intelligence Center of Excellence will be a model for the use of crime gun intelligence (CGI) in supporting law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. WSU is creating a new curriculum for Criminal Justice students specifically focused on preparing them to address violent crime through the development and use of crime gun intelligence and other emerging investigative technologies at the center.

The power of the ideas that will come out of this campus ... is limitless for the future. It really is truly a game-changer.
Steven Dettelbach, Director
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

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One of the world's leading management consulting firms, Boston Consulting Group entered into a strategic partnership with Wichita State to increase collaboration and advance the Wichita manufacturing industry. The partnership allows Wichita State to gain access to BCG's expertise and thought leadership on digital operations, and for BCG to benefit from the extensive advanced manufacturing resources at WSU.

Partnering with WSU will help us bring the latest thinking and advances in manufacturing to our clients. It complements and reinforces our commitment to innovation, Industry 4.0 and the use of digital technologies.
Vlad Lukic, Managing Director and Partner

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Connected Nation

Connected Nation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that develops and implements strategies to close digital equity gaps and improve digital skills in communities across the US. The company is building, and will own and manage, an Internet Exchange Point adjacent to the WSU Innovation Campus. The partnership will create an Internet ‘hub’ that will improve network performance, lower costs, and improve access to cloud services across south-central Kansas.

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The IXP will not only support the Wichita State community and its Innovation Campus partners, it will also support economic development by improving the entire regional broadband landscape — preparing Wichita, and Kansas more broadly, for the future evolution of the Internet and all that it will enable.
Tom Ferree, chairman and CEO
Connected Nation

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Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. At Wichita State, Dassault developed its North American 3DEXPERIENCE Center to work with companies to implement new technology and accelerate innovation in advanced product development and manufacturing.

Learn more about the 3DExperience Center

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Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. The company has launched The Smart Factory at Wichita State, a groundbreaking and immersive experiential learning environment that will accelerate the future of manufacturing as innovation and new technologies continue to reshape operations and the modern enterprise.

Deloitte and Wichita State are constructing the brand-new facility on Wichita State’s Innovation Campus, which will include a full-scale production line, dedicated space for select ecosystem sponsors and experiential labs exploring smart factory capabilities.

Learn more about The Smart Factory Wall Street Journal: Wichita State University Smart Factory Helps Customers Soar

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Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence helps industrial manufacturers develop the disruptive technologies of today and the life-changing products of tomorrow. Hexagon employs full-time staff on the Innovation Campus to facilitate research and development and support their local customer base. The partnership allows Wichita State students to have access to state-of-the-art industrial metrology software and systems, which will help lead to job placement opportunities in manufacturing. 

This strategic partnership gives Hexagon another research platform to take on complex manufacturing issues and pioneer tech-enabled breakthroughs in the aviation industry.
Angus Taylor , President and CEO
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence North America

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Hyatt Place at Wichita State UniversityHyatt Place

The 106-room Hyatt Place hotel opened in 2020 on the Innovation Campus to serve the university community and the growing list of nearby partner corporations. Amenities include six suites, 1,200 square feet of meeting space, bar, buffet, a 24/7 market, indoor heated pool and a fitness center.

Hyatt Place at Wichita State University website

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iM Data Centers

iM Data Centers manufactures unique, factory-built, expandable modular data centers, based on its proprietary designs — faster, superior to and less expensive than traditional bricks-and-mortar facilities. iM’s disruptive technology for data center design and creation is the leading edge of a new wave of innovation, enabled by iM’s hard-won insight gained as pioneers in designing, engineering, building, owning and operating data centers for twenty-five years.

iM Data Centers website

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PacMar Technologies

(formerly Martin Defense Group and Navatek)

Pacmar Technologies, a contractor focused on technology research for U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense and NASA, opened an office on the Wichita State University campus in fall 2020. This collaborative partnership between PacMar and WSU grows combined applied research capabilities for the military, provides critical hands-on learning opportunities for students and helps diversify the local economy.

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NetApp headquarters renderingNetApp

Fortune 500 company NetApp is the leader in cloud data services, empowering global organizations to change their world with data. NetApp has had a relationship with Wichita State University for more than 20 years that has been focused on technological innovation, applied learning and regional economic growth. The company is currently relocating NetApp’s entire Wichita operations to a new 168,000-square-foot Wichita headquarters building on the Innovation Campus.

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Spirit AeroSystems

A Fortune 500 company, Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial and defense aircraft. The company has established an innovative relationship for Spirit with WSU through the National Institute for Aviation Research and the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech). Three areas of strategic focus will include: joint strategic research projects, applied learning opportunities for WSU students and improved workforce training services to meet the growing demands of the aerospace industry.

Strengthening our collaboration with WSU helps Spirit accelerate our advanced research initiatives and improve training opportunities for our workforce .
Tom Gentile, President and CEO
Spirit AeroSystems

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Textron Aviation

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry Fortune 500 company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands including Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker and Bell among others. The company has a long-standing relationship with WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research and collaborates extensively with WSU’s Ennovar Institute for Emerging Technologies and Market Solutions. Around 40 Textron Aviation employees share space on the Innovation Campus with Wichita State students to advance product innovation and help students better understand career opportunities within general aviation.

As the competition for employees tightens, Textron Aviation is committed to leading the way in building creative education and community collaborations through efforts such as the applied learning model at WSU .
Maggie Topping, Senior VP of Human Resources and Communications
Textron Aviation

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Wichita/Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center

The $10 million Law Enforcement Training Center at Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus also houses Wichita State's Criminal Justice program, allowing students to interact daily with professionals in the field.

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YMCA and Wesley Healthcare

The $18 million, 77,000-square-foot Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center, opened in January 2020, features state of the art weight-training and fitness machines, a running track and gymnasium plus a Student Wellness Center with a slate of physical and mental health resources for Wichita State students. The facility will also include a Wesley Healthcare Urgent Care Center with 10 exam room and on-site x-ray services.

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