About Us

The Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) is a unique engineering research center dedicated to research, education, outreach, and service. The institute is the product of a long collaboration between TOYOTA and the University of Kentucky that has extended for more than 20 years. IR4TD offers two programs, Research & Development and Lean Systems, both designed to offer new ideas and solutions. Now IR4TD serves TOYOTA, TOYOTA suppliers, and other industries. 

IR4TD believes industry will require  innovation, creativity, and uniqueness to build and maintain a competitive edge while meeting the ever changing challenges of conducting global business.

For more detailed information contact

Research and Development

Lean Systems

Nelson Akafuah Sandra Dunn
859 218-0702 859 257-4886