About Us

Fraunhofer USA

Fraunhofer USA, Inc., is a non-profit organization that has been incorporated in the U.S. since 1994.  We perform applied research under contract to government and industry.  Our customers are federal and state governments, multinational corporations as well as small to medium-sized companies. 

Fraunhofer USA is a subsidiary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a world leading applied R&D organization which has 66 institutes and independent research units throughout Germany.  Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has an annual research budget of €2 billion. The majority of the 24,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers. 

Each Fraunhofer USA research center is closely affiliated with at least one of the 66 Institutes in Germany.  They also cooperate closely with major research universities in the USA;  University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Boston University, and the University of Connecticut.

The Fraunhofer Center for Coatings & Diamond Technologies offers expertise and in PVD - Carbon-based and Ceramic Coatings, CVD- Diamond Synthesis, Microwave Material Processing and Characterization, Plasma Machine Development, Micro and Nano Structuring and Manufacturing.

The Fraunhofer Center for Laser Applications carries out research and prototype applications development.  The Center has a wide range of expertise in laser processing technology, including advanced laser and hybrid laser welding technology, remote laser welding and cutting, laser brazing and joining of dissimilar materials, laser cladding and laser hardening.  www.cla.fraunhofer.org

The Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation located on the campus of the University of Connecticut, focuses on energy storage, fuel cells, in-stream hydro, power management and distribution.  http://www.fraunhofer.org/CenterforEnergyInnovation

The Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering, founded over 15 years ago, is partnered with the University of Maryland.  Their scientists are experts in the advancement of software development. http://fc-md.umd.edu

The Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation, founded 20 years ago, is located on the campus of Boston University.  The Center conducts advanced R&D and engineers solutions for a broad range of industries including biotechnology, photonics, manufacturing and renewable energy. www.fhcmi.org

The Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology, partnered with the University of Delaware, is a leader in innovative methods of plant-based vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. www.fraunhofer-cmb.org/

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems focuses on building energy technologies, photovoltaic technologies and distributed electrical energy systems. www.cse.fraunhofer.org

Fraunhofer Digital Media Technologies promotes state-of-the-art audio coding and multimedia real-time system technologies: www.dmt.fraunhofer.org

Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, USA promotes the HHI photonic networks and systems, fiber optical sensor systems and wireless communications.  http://www.fraunhofer.org/HHI