The Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) is a NASA Space Technology Research Institute awarded in 2017.

US-COMP will serve as a focal point for partnerships between NASA, other agencies, industry, and academia to: (1) enable computationally-driven development of CNT-based ultra high strength lightweight structural materials within the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and (2) expand the resource of highly skilled engineers, scientists and technologists in this emerging field.


  • 1 Develop a novel Ultra-high strength lightweight (UHSL) structural material for use in deep space exploration.
  • 2 Establish a new computationally-driven material design paradigm for rapid material development and deployment.
  • 3 Develop modeling, processing, and testing tools and methods for CNT assemblage-based UHSL materials.
  • 4 Train a pool of highly skilled scientists and engineers to contribute to the materials development workforce.