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Southwest Research Institute Overview

San Antonio, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Business Services
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
If you're looking for research at an institute in the Southwest, look no further. Founded in 1947 by oilman and rancher Thomas Slick Jr., Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is an independent, nonprofit research and development institution that contracts to ... Read more

Mission: Benefiting government, industry and the public through innovative science and technology.

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  • SwRI is seeking an occupational safety specialist to ensure staff health & protection in an active automotive engineering division. Requires bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of experience. Apply today! (Job ID 03-01044)

  • SwRI’s Brian Enke will present “Where will NASA build its first research facility on Mars?” at the Little Thompson Observatory in Berthoud, Colo., March 18.

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Southwest Research Institute – Why Work For Us?

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is an independent, nonprofit applied research and development organization. The staff of more than 2,800 specializes in the creation and transfer of technology in engineering and the physical sciences. SwRI's technical divisions offer a wide range of technical expertise and services in such areas as engine design and development, emissions certification testing, fuels and lubricants evaluation, chemistry, space science, nondestructive evaluation, automation, mechanical engineering, electronics, and more.

  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Power
  • Automation & Data Systems
  • Engine, Emissions, and Vehicle Research
  • Fuels and Lubricants Research

  • Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
  • Geosciences & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Signal Exploitation & Geolocation
  • Space Science & Engineering

  SwRI's total revenue for fiscal year 2014 was $549 million and more than $6.9 million was used for internal research to develop innovative technologies that will ultimately benefit clients through technology transfer as part of funded projects.


Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and its staff actively support community service activities. Each year SwRI staff members participate in a variety of programs, for area schools, colleges and universities and other community organizations. Our staff also are involved in a number of activities in support of SwRI's annual United Way campaign.


Since 1994, SwRI engineers have served as volunteers and mentors for the annual San Antonio BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition, in which area high school students and mentors from local businesses team for six weeks to design and build remote-controlled robots that compete in a robot-to-robot competition. SwRI is a proud sponsor of the event.

Since 1993, SwRI has hosted the Young Engineers and Scientists (YES) program, which offers high school students a real-world research experience. The three-week program includes presentations and facility tours given by staff members, as well as student-run projects. Participants continue their research project during the school year under the mentorship of an SwRI scientist or engineer.

SwRI staff members also routinely serve as mentors, speakers and science fair judges for area schools. Each year at the Alamo Regional Science Fair, SwRI selects one student to receive a cash prize and plaque for his/her science fair entry. The student also receives a tour of the SwRI facilities and an opportunity to meet with scientists and engineers in his/her field of interest.

More than 100 high school and college students work in student positions and internships throughout the Institute. Internships offer students an opportunity for hands-on, real world experience.

Each year two outstanding students receive the Martin Goland Scholarship, which was established for eligible children of staff members. The tuition scholarship is renewable up to four years.

In addition to the Martin Goland scholarship, SwRI is a Trinity University “Business Affiliate.” The Trinity University Business Affiliates program is a distinguished group of corporate supporters who make unrestricted gifts to the university's Annual Campaign. These annual gifts are used exclusively to provide scholarship and financial aid to outstanding young women and men. This year’s contribution from SwRI helped to support one scholarship.

In 2013, SwRI received a Partner of the Year Award from the Northside Independent School District for its educational outreach efforts in the San Antonio community.


SwRI staff members actively participate in various community activities in San Antonio and surrounding communities as well as at SwRI off-site locations across the United States. In 2014, SwRI's employee campaign raised more than $785,660 for United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. In addition to monetary contributions, more than 200 staff members and their families volunteered time to help at four United Way agencies during an "SwRI Cares" day for families and volunteers.

The Research Recreation Association Outreach Committee, an SwRI volunteer group, organizes several events that benefit the community such as blood drives and volunteer activities for a variety of organizations including the San Antonio Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, and the Special Olympics.


At Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) we unlock the mysteries of science and technology to help solve the problems of industry and government. By creating a work environment that embraces diversity and by treating each other with respect and dignity, we maintain an atmosphere that supports this mission. 

We are committed to:

  • fostering an environment where the best and brightest people want to work

  • appreciating innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit

  • enabling opportunities to develop and expand careers

  • encouraging employees to meet professional and personal goals

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    Opportunity for promotions are available; Hard work is rewarded with pay raises; Management is available to listen to concerns


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    I applied online. I interviewed at Southwest Research Institute.


    I had an in-person interview with the three research scientists that I would be working for. They asked questions about my research experience and talked about the research projects that I would be assisting with.

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    • Where do I want to be in five years?   1 Answer
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Southwest Research Institute Awards & Accolades

  • R&D 100, R&D Magazine, 2014
  • R&D 100, R&D Magazine, 2012
  • R&D 100, R&D Magazine, 2011
  • R&D 100, R&D Magazine, 2010
  • R&D 100, R&D Magazine, 2009
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