Army Research Office dedicates new facility

March 27, 2017

By Jenna Brady, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office, whose mission is to serve as the Army's principal extramural basic research agency in the engineering, physical, information and life sciences, recently held a dedication ceremony for their newly leased building located at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
  • Current and former employees as well as local North Carolina government officials and members of Army leadership took part in the day's activities.

DURHAM, N.C. (March 22, 2017) -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office recently held a dedication ceremony for their newly leased building located at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

ARO's mission is to serve as the Army's principal extramural basic research agency in the engineering, physical, information and life sciences.

The office develops and exploits innovative advances to insure the nation's technological superiority through the competitive selection of basic research proposals from educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and private industry.

Current and former employees and special guests from the local community joined in on the day's festivities.

Guests who attended included staff from North Carolina Senator Richard Burr's office, North Carolina Senator Thomas Tillis's office and North Carolina Congressman David Price's office.

Invited speakers included Liz Rooks, interim president and chief executive officer of Research Triangle Park; Patricia Fox, deputy associate director of the Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground; Dr. David Skatrud, director of ARO; Dr. Philip Perconti, acting director of ARL; Jyuji Hewitt, executive deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command; Dr. Thomas Russell, deputy assistant secretary of Army for Research and Technology/Army Chief Scientist; and Dr. Robin Staffin, director for Basic Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

"It was great to see such a wide array of people joining our current staff for the dedication ceremony and cake cutting," Skatrud said. "In addition to having so many distinguished guests and speakers, I especially appreciate ARL arranging to have one of our Directors Meetings here so ARL senior leadership could be present. And of course, we are nothing without our people so it was great to have a standing room only crowd of current and former ARO and ACC employees with us for this special occasion."

The dedication ceremony, attended by approximately 150 people, was followed by a cake cutting and informal reception.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: March 27, 2017