Army seeks Midwest research partnership

June 16, 2016

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs

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  • Army researchers recently visited Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, Illinois

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (June 10, 2016) -- The Army is continuing its search for research partners in industry and academia.

Army researchers recently visited Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, Illinois, to explore the possibility of creating a research partnership as part of expanding efforts to harvest research and technology from all regions of the country.

Argonne is a science and engineering research laboratory operated for the U.S. Department of Energy. It is a place where "world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security," according to its website.

"We discovered areas of common interest that span multiple research campaigns;" said David Lyon, chief of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Protection Division.

Lyon said universities and research institutes in the Chicago area include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Fermi Institute, University of Wisconsin and Notre Dame University.

"Each have strong research programs in areas of interest to the Army Research Laboratory," Lyon said.

ARL, with its headquarters, laboratories and centers in Maryland, Florida, North Carolina and New Mexico, opened a new facility at the University of Southern California in April 2016. ARL West is an effort to locate Army researchers on the west coast so the Army can tap into unique talent, technical centers and universities. The facility, based at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, will eventually employ about 70 researchers.

"If we plan to maintain technological superiority, we must establish and nurture a culture of innovation and collaboration," said ARL Director Dr. Thomas Russell. "We need to bring together our government laboratories, academic institutions and the private sector to form a collaborative network."

Russell, currently serving on a detail as the Army's chief scientist and acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, is the architect of the lab's Open Campus Initiative.

Open Campus has become a framework that "fosters an agile, efficient and effective research environment," he said.

The lab is also in the preparation stages of launching a new research hub in Austin, Texas. The new partnership will be called ARL South and may begin operations as early as October 2016.

"With our scientists and researchers side-by-side with industry and academia, Open Campus supports the continuous flow of people and ideas," Russell said. "It ensures transformative scientific discovery, innovation and technology transition."

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: June 16, 2016