Points of Pride

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  • IPRT’s Center of Nondestructive Evaluation is the second oldest of the 50 Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers supported by the National Science Foundation.
  • The Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, the leading meeting for this area of research, is sponsored and organized by IPRT’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation each year.
  • IPRT's Virtual Reality Applications Center is home to over $20 million of ongoing contract research for industry and government agencies. The research supports more than 50 faculty and 200 undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students.
  • “C6,” the world’s most advanced computer-driven virtual reality facility, is a part of IPRT’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. The four walls, ceiling and floor of the system provide a display area of 100 million pixels spread across 600 square feet. The system is driven by a 48-node, 96-channel workstation cluster, the largest of its kind in the world.
  • IPRT’s Microelectronics Research Center does path-breaking research on developing new thin-film solar cell materials and devices. The group focuses on photovoltaic devices and on photonic structures to enhance solar-to-electric conversion efficiencies.
  • Former students from IPRT's Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies have founded three companies in the biorenewables industry.
  • Research done by IPRT’s Center for Catalysis has laid the groundwork for new catalysts and extraction technologies that may revolutionize the production of biodiesel and other biofuels.

Company Assistance

  • As a result of services provided by IPRT Company Assistance, Iowa companies report a positive annual impact of over $100 million over the past five years.
  • From FY2006 to 2012, IPRT had more than 660 interactions with more than 660 Iowa companies and organizations in over 120 cities and towns, covering 66 Iowa counties.
  • IPRT has assisted in the development of more than 27 new high-tech businesses in Iowa since 1997.


  • IPRT’s Science Bound program has offered college scholarships to 200 program graduates to pursue degrees in agricultural, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since its founding in 1990, Science Bound program has impacted more than 600 Iowa ethnic minority middle and high school students and their families. Sixty-three SB grads now hold degrees from Iowa State.
  • The Science Bound program has been replicated at Purdue University, Indiana, and has expanded to Marshalltown and Denison, Iowa.
  • A cooperative effort between IPRT’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and Iowa State University’s College of Engineering resulted in the first nondestructive evaluation academic minor program in the country.
  • The Virtual Reality Applications Center’s graduate program in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is an established leader in the study of the relationship between humans and computers. It includes over 80 graduate students and 69 faculty members across all colleges. The research component of the HCI program builds on interdisciplinary work at VRAC, an IPRT center.
  • IPRT’s Information Assurance Center leads the IT-Adventures program, which aims to increase interest and awareness of information technology (IT) among high school students. In 2011, 38 clubs from around Iowa and more than 335 students took part in IT-Olympics, the culminating event for the program. The students compete in robotics, cyber defense, and game design programming.