ISU Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)

The Center for Industrial Research and Service — CIRAS — is part of the College of Engineering and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations at Iowa State University. Since 1963 CIRAS has been partnering with Iowa companies and communities to help them prosper and grow.

CIRAS aims to improve the profitability of business through…

  • Proven Services
    • Our customizable services are rooted in applied research and established best practices.
  • Engage. Educate. Embed.
    • Our approach ensures we deliver a service that is specific to your business. We focus on making the improvement stick and support you even after a project ends.
  • Return on Investment
    • Our commitment to permanent improvement is backed by a satisfaction guarantee. A typical client achieves a 200% ROI — $2 return for every $1 invested.
  • Vast Network
    • Our partnerships stretch across ISU and beyond. Relationships with public and private experts enable us to deliver a solution that meets your needs.

Last year companies that worked with CIRAS reported $414 million in impact — new investments, higher sales, and lower costs. Healthy communities through business prosperity: that’s the CIRAS vision for Iowa.