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Member Benefits: 

Our members extract value from the outcomes of the pre-competitive research projects executed by our team, maximum interaction with future talent for their companies and the services enabled by the CIBS infrastructure.

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When members join CIBS they participate in our project selection process directly by joining the CIBS Industry Advisory Board (CIBS IAB) to drive research thrusts and focus. They are also afforded the option to become an Industry Mentor for the projects they are the most interested in. This designation allows for a closer connection to the students and faculty doing the work.





Broadening Participation:

Each CIBS project will also include a mechanism to increase the participation of undergraduate students. This is done through various means such as sponsored capstone design projects, INTERN program, and direct integration into undergraduate courses. This program significantly multiplies the number of students exposed to CIBS projects and member interactions with the students.


Membership Levels:

Membership Level Fee Applies to
Full Member $50K All firms/organizations 
Small Business or A&E/Construction Services $10K Any firm/organization that qualifies as a small business per the USSBA and/or provides construction, engineering, or architectural services as its primary source of revenue.
Double Full Member $100K All firms/organizations 


History Of CIBS

The faculty at OSU identified a disconnect between the way building thermal systems components and equipment were designed and constructed and how buildings were designed and constructed.  They also realized that these problems were impossible to address in a vacuum and required cooperation between the industry and the university. In 2018, this led to an idea to form an industry/university research center to address these issues, together with industry.


The OSU team then formalized this idea into planned center, winning an NSF I/UCRC planning grant that culminated in a planning meeting in Stillwater, OK in the fall of 2019 with over 70 industry partners, faculty and students in attendance.  Following this, the Center for Integrated Building Systems (CIBS) formed in the fall 2020 with a mission to address the lack of integration between building thermal systems components, equipment, and the building itself.




CIBS in 2020

Despite forming in a pandemic, CIBS kicked off in the fall of 2020 for its inaugural year with six, dedicated, members. This includes Johnson Controls Intl., AAON Inc., National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Harrison-Orr A/C, Torad Engineering LLC, and the International Ground-Source Heat Pump Association

The members and faculty started CIBS focused on the five major research thrusts that the membership identified. The first years will focus on addressing outcomes, specific to these thrusts.

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