The Aerospace Research & Engineering Systems Institute, Inc. (ARES Institute) is a non-profit educational and scientific organization that promotes space exploration, advanced technology development and STEM education. The organization was founded in 2003 and pursues a mission of research and education by establishing innovative hands-on programs involving students, educational institutions and the general public across the United States.

ARES Institute is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization. ARES Institute develops innovative research programs involving academia, industry, and government organizations in order to benefit the aerospace workforce in the state. The primary purpose of the Institute is to pursue research into advanced technologies that are too high-risk or long-term to be attractive to private industry but which are impactful enough to be worthy of investigation and future commercialization. The focus of the Institute is primarily, but not exclusively, in the areas of climate change, power, and aerospace.

Being a non-profit organization, ARES Institute, Inc. works to benefit the aerospace and engineering workforce of the future by developing and coordinating projects involving students at all levels, helping to inspire the younger generation to pursue careers in science, math, and engineering with a perspective on how they will impact society and the future of humanity.

Behind the programs of ARES Institute is the belief that one of the most effective means to make aerospace careers attractive to students is to engage them in hands-on endeavors and provide the experience and the excitement of accomplishing complex aerospace projects.

ARES Institute works to create mutually beneficial partnerships among schools, private industry, and government. As a result, it is not only students who benefit. Small businesses and aerospace corporations benefit by being able to engage in research projects and create new products and technology for the commercial marketplace.