The Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) at Khalifa University was established in 2012 as a joint effort between Mubadala Aerospace and Khalifa University to undertake cutting-edge research in aerospace engineering.

The Center aligns itself with the strategic plan of Strata, a local composite aero-structures manufacturing operation. Its initial focus is on manufacturing and characterising the properties of new and novel lightweight materials and structures for use in advanced aerospace applications. ARIC helps Strata to design and manufacture the next generation of high-performance aerospace structures.

The Center also acts as a global research hub – collaborating with leading universities across the world, developing research opportunities over a broad spectrum of areas, and assisting technology transfer and innovation possibilities across the aerospace sector.

ARIC houses a wide range of facilities, including advanced manufacturing equipment for the cost-effective production of aerospace components, testing and characterization facilities for evaluating the properties of materials under extreme loading conditions, and advanced modeling capabilities for predicting the behavior of larger structures in operational conditions.

In addition, the Center plays a key role in the education of future engineers in current and next generation advanced aerospace technologies. ARIC encourages undergraduates to get involved with ongoing research through Senior Design Projects, Internships and Independent Study Projects. Students also have the opportunity to spend time in overseas research laboratories and with leading aircraft manufacturers.