About Us

COSMIAC is a congressionally established space electronics center at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. COSMIAC serves as a Tier-2 Research Center at the School of Engineering.


COSMIAC was initially created as the charter program of the Phillips Technology Institute (PTi) of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV) at Kirtland AFB, NM. The founding organizational members that created this Center were the Air Force Research Laboratory, the University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Xilinx Corporation. The Center was established in 2008 under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Steve Suddarth.

COSMIAC’s role is to promote aerospace innovation through the reliable and responsible use of configurable technology in military and aerospace systems by serving the interests of industry, government and academia.

COSMIAC’s three primary thrusts include R&D, workforce development and outreach.