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Washington State University Applied Sciences Laboratory


Transforming Science into Solutions

The Institute for Shock Physics’ Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) is a university-based contract research organization, located in Spokane, Washington.

ASL is customer oriented, focusing on solving problems for industry and government agencies using a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the physical sciences and engineering. ASL’s primary focus areas include energy, national security, advanced materials, and sensors applications. The scientific underpinnings to address the multidisciplinary challenges involve materials science, chemistry, optical physics, and computational modeling and simulations.

ASL has established a unique research presence in the physical sciences and engineering which provides solutions to challenging technical problems for businesses throughout the region, including technology transfer for commercial applications. Current industry clients include: Boeing, Triumph, and Avista.

ASL can serve industry in two ways:

  1. As an R&D partner working with your company’s technical team to solve complex problems, create solutions that improve an existing product, or help create a new product altogether.
  2. As a source of high tech analysis. Companies interested in chemical, optical, mechanical, or thermal characterization can use the ASL facilities for Research and Development, Quality Analysis/Quality Control, and Failure Analysis.

For further information about our services, please contact ASL at (509) 358-7700 or email to