The Rapid Center

The College of Engineering and Technology partners with businesses, industry and entrepreneurs to develop new products and processes through The Rapid Center, Western Carolina Univerity's research and development center on the Cullowhee campus. The facility offers resources that are unmatched in the region, including high-tech engineering labs and equipment as well as accomplished faculty members with decades of combined experience in R&D.

Research and Development


 Research and Development

The primary mission of The Rapid Center is to partner with business and industry to support regional economic development. Learn more about partnering with us on your R&D projects.

Partnership Opportunities

Support for Entrepreneurs


Support for Entrepreneurs

In addition to working with global companies and industries, The Rapid Center partners with entrepreneurs and innovators to help them cross the hurdle from product design to production.

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Working with Students


 Working with Students

The College of Engineering and Technology partners with businesses to provide student teams to assist with exploration of new ideas. We welcome businesses of all sizes to partner with students.

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