ARL joins RDECOM STEM effort to host University of Maryland Baltimore County faculty delegation

October 04, 2011

Story Highlights

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County toured the U.S. Army Research Laboratory facilities.
  • Visit generated an increased interest within the UMBC engineering department.
  • Group also toured Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Prototype Integration Facility.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. - A group of senior faculty from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) toured the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) facilities, Sept. 14, at Aberdeen Proving Ground as part of a half-day exchange orchestrated by the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) to familiarize the group with robust research and development activities on the installation.

RDECOM officials said the strategic objective for the visit was to generate an increased interest within the UMBC engineering department to collaborate with the command and its elements through expanded partnerships, specifically from a research and engineering perspective.

During a recent meeting, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the college, and Maj. Gen. Nickolas Justice, RDECOM commander, agreed that such a tour here would expand collaboration by helping each institution identify opportunities to develop partnerships that benefit the Army, faculty and students, RDECOM officials said.

The UMBC delegation was introduced to ARL's high performance computing capability by Dr. Raju Namburu, director of the Advanced Computing and Computational Sciences Division within the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD).

CISD serves as the principal Army organization for basic and applied research in information sciences, network sciences, battlefield environment, and advanced computing and computational sciences to provide the Warfighter with knowledge superiority and to ensure U.S. military superiority. CISD's technologies provide the strategic, operational, and tactical information dominance across the spectrum of operations.

Dr. Peter Plostins, association director for science and technology within the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD), discussed ARL's view of next-generation material science, a multidisciplinary approach that's allowed material scientists to look at scales of material development in an unprecedented way as a result of the advent of high performance computers.

"There are significantly more sophisticated capabilities coming online to look at materials dynamically," he said. "The idea is that in the next five to ten years, we will be able to change the nature and the way we look at material science."

WMRD's research efforts span the gap between basic research that improves the understanding of scientific phenomena and technology generation that supports weapon and protection system developments and fielded system upgrades.

The Directorate executes its mission of leading the Army's research and technology program to enhance the lethality and survivability of the individual Soldier and advanced weapon systems.

The delegation also toured the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Prototype Integration Facility.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: October 4, 2011