The Fairborn Institute is devoted to scientific research and engineering development (R&D) as well as student education. R&D is currently conducted in three fields:
** Astronomy (astrometric binaries, speckle interferometry, and photocenter astrometry).
** Cosmic Evolution (the synthesis of physical, biological, and cultural evolution).
** Personality Development (the effects of genetic endowment, personality traits, and childhood environment on adult lifetime trajectories).