About TRI/Austin

Founded in 1975 by Dr. J. Scott Thornton, TRI is a small business specializing in engineering material solutions for defense and government applications. Over 70 scientists, researchers, and support personnel perform applied research, product development, and testing in a wide variety of physical and organic sciences. TRI/Austin’s areas of recognized technical expertise include: materials science, composite materials and products, environmentally compliant alternative material development, adhesives, polymer science, coatings, nondestructive testing, accelerated life testing, reliability engineering, and specialized instrument development. TRI/Austin performs contract research and development, and product development for DOD, other government and private industry, as well as operating certification testing laboratories for compressed air, geosynthetics and protective clothing.

Our Objective
To develop, characterize and transition innovative materials and material health monitoring systems that address the critical needs of the Armed Forces.

Our Mission
TRI/Austin conducts applied research and product development using a staff of highly qualified personnel to develop, characterize, and transition unique and innovative materials and material evaluation systems that bring value to our customers.

Our Vision
Understanding our customer’s problems, we solve them, and make a difference. In doing so, we create value for our customers, shareholders, employees, and the company.

Our Values
TRI/Austin honors our commitments to our customers. We foster an environment where responsiveness, independence, initiative, and diligence are rewarded. Our scientists and engineers are encouraged to fully understand the problem in order to provide the best solution.