Welcome to the CAD/CAM laboratory at the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University. Our mission is to provide students with a quality education in order to enter the workforce confidently, and provide those already in the workforce with the education to get ahead.

Because we are part of one of the nation's largest research facilities, our students have the ultimate advantage. We are able to offer state-of-the-art facilities, instructors and techniques in many areas including three-dimensional design, simulation and manufacturing. All of the textbooks in our classes are written by members of the CAD/CAM staff and are widely used by industry and other universities and colleges.

Whether you are pursuing a degree, renewing your knowledge in the field, or you just want to learn the basic skills, we have a program or class for you. Please take the time to explore our website where you will find more detailed information regarding courses, facilities, resources and more.

Key Personnel
Shawn R. Ehrstein, Director

Shawn R. Ehrstein




(316) 978-5839

M.B.A., Wichita State University, 2000
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University, 1996
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University, 1992

Specializing in: PLM Curriculum Design and Research

Brian M. Brown, Associate Director

Brian M. Brown

Associate Director



(316) 978-3246

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University, 2001

Specializing in: PLM Curriculum Research and Development and Manufacturing

Nathan Shipley, Assistant Director

Nathan Shipley

Assistant Director



(316) 978-7260

M.B.A., Wichita State University, 2007
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University, 2004

Specializing in: PLM Curriculum Development, CATIA Stress Analysis and Composites


NIAR Building

Wichita State University
1845 North Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0093

Directions to NIAR

NCAT Building

4004 N. Webb Road
Wichita, KS 67226

Directions to NCAT



The CAD/CAM Lab at NIAR offers courses in CATIA (Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Applications), the primary software program used in the aircraft and automotive industry.

Courses are updated consistently and use the latest software versions to provide training on the most current industry practices and standards.

Workshops are designed to allow anyone, whether seeking a degree or just updating skills, to learn new techniques and get ahead of the rest in the fast-paced, highly-competitive aircraft industry. The class formats and teaching methods used are designed for students to retain information long after the course is complete.

Course schedules are flexible to fit busy schedules, with morning, weekend and evening classes available. Classes are offered five times per year. Each class is six weeks long and meets four hours each week. The CAD/CAM labs are also open for individual practice, study and research.

Courses can be taken as non-credit or for academic credit with Wichita State University or WSU Tech.



The CAD/CAM lab provides a number of services to NIAR, Wichita State University, and local and national industry.


The CAD/CAM lab at NIAR has formed critical partnerships with various software companies. These partnerships allow the labs to maintain the latest and greatest software in order to give students high quality education that will advance their careers. Please take the time to visit the following websites and learn more about our partners.


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Guidelines for WSU students

Online Payments

Visit our Store to pay for Certification Exams, Training Courses or Training Material.

Note: You will need an authorization code for purchase. Please contact Nathan Shipley for details.

Large Format Printing

We provide printing services for a wide array of needs. We print projects up to 42" wide with no limit on length, and we provide a variety of paper choices including light bond, heavy bond, glossy, satin, matte and even canvas. Our high-quality printer uses a six-color system to ensure that all colors appear the way they are supposed to.

These services are usually reserved for customers on the campus of Wichita State University, but we occasionally print small-quantity jobs for outside clients.

For more information, please contact Nathan Shipley at (316) 978-7260 or nathan@cadcamlab.org.