SwRI holds more than 1,030 patents, has earned 37 R&D 100 awards, and has been inducted in the U.S. Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame. SwRI has received two Department of Defense James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Awards. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has recognized our split-Hopkinson pressure bar apparatus (2006) and the Southern Gas Association analog (1990), developed by SwRI in 1955 for the natural gas industry, as ASME National Historic Engineering Landmarks.
Several SwRI divisions have achieved ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 certification and ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. The Ford Motor Company has designated the Institute a Tier 1 product development engineering services supplier and has awarded the Institute its Q1-2000 award.