Since its inception in 1971, the Fracture Control Program (FCP) has had two main objectives:

The Continuous Casting Consortium (CCC), directed by Brian G. Thomas, is a cooperative research effort aiming:

Currently, close to 30 sponsoring companies are pooling resources and leveraging funds to perform pre-competitive research in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center (ACRC), an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center founded by the National Science Foundation. The research program is aimed at providing the technology base for a new generation of energy-efficient, quiet, and reliable equipment that can use environmentally safe refrigerants. The research is conducted by numerous graduate students, faculty members, undergraduate students, and visiting scholars.

The Midwest Structural Sciences Center (MSSC) is a federally-funded research center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which joins the expertise of faculty and students, with the work of researchers from the United States Air Force, to simulate and test airframe structures critical to the nation’s aerospace program.

Phenomena that occur at the nanoscale (a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter) can have widespread impact on industries such as health care and electronics, but only if the methodologies and tools that exploit the phenomena exist. The Nano-CEMMS Center is focused on the problem of fabricating structures at sizes smaller than can be seen (transduced) and manipulated (transcribed). The Center's vision is to make the most basic elements of manufacturing, the transcription of matter and the transduction of its state, a practical reality at the nanoscale.