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AVET Building

The Advanced Virtual Engineering and Testing Lab (AVET) opened in 2019, and was dedicated to Kansas Senator Jerry Moran in 2020 as tribute to his commitment to helping Wichita State University fulfill its vision and mission to provide impactful student experiences that drive prosperity in our region. AVET is home to NIAR’s Virtual Engineering and Crash Dynamics Labs. The space and updated equipment enable NIAR to expand work volume, hire more employees and provide more precise testing for clients. The facility also features additional client prep bays, which will allow multiple clients to be in the lab at the same time, while maintaining privacy during testing. It also includes workspace for 40+ virtual engineering staff, three collaboration rooms and secured areas for restricted projects; and a space for related technologies such as material/component testing and virtual reality.



AVET Laboratories

WSU Crash Lab

A premier dynamic testing facility for the nation’s aircraft and aircraft component manufacturers. The lab is driven by an MTS Systems accelerator sled system. Facilities include a 1,000 square foot client work/office space and two technical support rooms, a state-of-the-art photographic lighting system and AOS S-VIT High Speed Cameras that can take 1,250 frames per second in high-resolution (800x600) color and more than 10,000 fps at reduced resolution.

Virtual Engineering and Flight

The Virtual Engineering Lab at the National Institute for Aviation Research provides research focused in the development and application of numerical methods in areas of Crashworthiness, Injury biomechanics, Structures, Numerical Optimization Techniques, Virtual Product Development and Certification.



Gerardo Olivares, Ph.D.
(316) 978-7273

4720 E 18th St. N.
Wichita, Kansas 67208