Challenge Sponsors

Bradley University

Innovation, collaboration and experiential learning, three of Bradley University’s core values, are at the heart of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge with NASA and Caterpillar. The Challenge provides an unparalleled opportunity for students and faculty to network, create relationships with mentors and explore new ideas as they partner in creating solutions for our world and beyond. Real world learning opportunities such as this, position students to develop new, innovative and disruptive ideas that could change the future while enhancing their overall educational experience.

Bradley University is a top-ranked, prestigious, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university. Bradley offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois.


For over 90 years, wherever you see infrastructure development, you will likely see Caterpillar equipment in action. And we plan to be developing the world’s infrastructure for the next 90 years—whether that’s in a great city or a developing village, or, well, even beyond our world today. By thinking big and setting a challenge like building a habitat on Mars, we not only ensure that we are ready for the very long-term future, but we are also developing disruptive technologies that can solve our customers’ challenges today.

For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2015 sales and revenues of $47.011 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit To connect with us on social media, visit


Shelter is one of the most basic of human needs. To efficiently provide for this need, by optimizing the use of energy and material in a distant and hostile environment, is the type of construction challenge that has been the essence of the Bechtel Corporation’s more than one hundred years of history. Participating in meeting and overcoming the challenges of inter-planetary construction will help to ensure that our organization will remain an industry leader for the next one hundred years.

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live. For more information, visit

Brick & Mortar Ventures

Brick & Mortar Ventures believes that solution scarcity has contributed to the historic lack of productivity improvement in construction. By collaborating with NASA, Caterpillar, and Bechtel, the Brick & Mortar team hopes to support the commercialization of technology developed for construction on the next frontier.

Brick & Mortar Ventures is a San Francisco-based seed and early stage venture capital fund focused exclusively on disruptive technologies for the verticals of Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Facilities Operations. Founded in 2015 by Darren Bechtel, Brick & Mortar Ventures has quickly established itself as one of the premier venture firms enabling innovation and cost savings across the global AEC market. For more information, visit

American Concrete Institute

Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI, USA, the American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and worldwide resource for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials. ACI is made up of more than 20,000 members in over 130 countries who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.

US Army Corps of Engineers - Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) within the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) directs its research efforts toward increasing the Army’s ability to more efficiently design, construct, operate and maintain its installations and contingency bases and to ensure environmental quality and safety at a reduced life-cycle cost. Excellent facilities support the Army’s training, readiness, mobilization and sustainability missions. Adequate infrastructure and realistic training lands are critical assets to installations in carrying out their military missions. Efficient contingency bases, which minimize the use of external resources and the generation of waste and enhance relations with local communities, are critical for successful deployments in all situations-from disaster response and humanitarian assistance to stability operations and conflicts.