Mercer Engineering Research Center: MERC Celebrates 30 Years of Applied Engineering and Research in Central Georgia
Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the applied engineering and research arm of Mercer University. The Center was founded in 1987 – two years after Mercer’s School of Engineering admitted its first class – to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills, primarily to supplement the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and for other customers as well.
Over the last three decades, MERC has developed a highly qualified professional staff, complex tools and test equipment, and extensive technical capabilities in the fields of aircraft structural analysis and design, flight test instrumentation, reverse engineering and prototyping, laboratory structural testing, electronic warfare software algorithm development, web deployed applications with integrated database access, industrial engineering, logistics, and reliability and biomedical engineering.
The Center began with three employees and an $8,400 contract in a strip shopping center on Watson Boulevard, and today, has grown to include more than 190 engineers, scientists and business staff in a 113,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility on Osigian Boulevard. To date, MERC has received contracts to support 20 different models of United States Air Force aircraft in addition to one Navy submarine.
MERC continues to work to sustain virtually every aging aircraft in the USAF fleet. Major projects include rotary wing engineering support, C-130 Functional System Integrity Program support, aging bomber electronic warfare support and C-5/HH-60 avionics reverse engineering.