Fraunhofer USA History
In 1994, in order to meet the challenges of globalization of business and science, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft took steps to strengthen its international presence.
Fraunhofer USA was incorporated in Rhode Island as a non-profit 501 (C) 3 subsidiary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, in September of that year.
Fraunhofer USA, with the support of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institutes of Production Technology and Laser Technology, started the operations in Massachusetts and Michigan that formed the early foundations of the organization.
The following years brought the growth and changes resulting in the expansion of Fraunhofer USA into its current business locations in Maryland, Delaware, California, New Mexico and Connecticut, in addition to the long standing Massachusetts and Michigan locations.
Fraunhofer USA Centers today cover a wide variety of research subject and are continuously broadening the scope of research fields to meet ever changing demand.
The organization has formed mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations with excellent academic institutions such as the University of Maryland, Boston University, Michigan State University, the University of Delaware and the University of Connecticut.
As Fraunhofer USA approaches almost a quarter century in operation, it can not only draw on those years of experience here in the US, but also on almost 70 Years of expertise from the parent organization, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. With this pool of expertise, the name “Fraunhofer” is synonymous with all current topics of applied research, such as Industry 4.0 and Cyber-Physical Systems.