Who We Are

Our History

AN 80-YEAR LEGACY

Who We Are

Our History

AN 80-YEAR LEGACY

"...To experiment upon, test, promote, and develop the public, scientific, and commercial value of inventions, discoveries, and processes..."

IITRI Certificate of Incorporation, Article 2, Section 1, April 6, 1936

Our Roots

In 1936, the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) established the not-for-profit IIT Research Institute (IITRI) with the goal of testing and developing new, beneficial technologies. On December 20, 2002, approximately 1,600 IITRI employees purchased a majority of the organization’s assets, founding Alion Science and Technology and retaining the rich heritage of innovation and exploration that had characterized the company since its inception. Alion continues to draw on these successes, giving our employees the inspiration to continue seeking new technological and scientific solutions to problems both great and small.

Milestones Before 2002

1936 IITRI established, Chicago, IL
1939 Constructed “Snow Cruiser” for Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s third Antarctic expedition
1940 Golf Ball velocity tester created in order to establish uniform golf ball standards
1958 Developed thermal coatings for NASA. Today, 7,000 square feet of lab space is dedicated to developing and applying coatings to satellites and other space vehicles
1963 Washington, DC office opened to focus on support to the federal government
1978 Army Tactical Frequency Engineering System, one of the first generation Battlefield Spectrum Management Systems, developed
1998 Human Factors Applications, Inc. (HFA) acquired, expanding capabilities in the remediation and handling of explosive materials.
1999 Assets of AB Tech acquired, increasing our DoD operational support and modeling and simulation capabilities
2002 Employees of IITRI invest in the organization and become the for-profit, employee-owned company, Alion Science and Technology Corporation

Our Capability Evolution

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