Lifelong learners appreciate Army science, technology

October 16, 2017

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 12, 2017) – A researcher from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory spoke on the importance of Army science and technology at the University of Texas at Austin's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Sept. 28.

The Osher Foundation, which was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher a respected businessman and community leader, seeks to improve the quality of life through support of higher education and the arts for learners 50 and 'better' who wish to pursue lifelong scholarship and community engagement. The lectures, seminars and experiential opportunities are taught by university and community experts and developed in partnership by peer and staff leadership.

Selected from a pool of female technology leaders in the Austin area, Heidi Maupin, regional director for ARL South, kicked off the academic year S&T lecture series to a group of nearly 70 people.

"The OLLI is a prestigious institute that provides peer learning at premier universities across the country, including Harvard, North Western University and University of Texas at Austin," Maupin said.

Through her lecture entitled "a new generation research model for the Army," Maupin explained how, through strategic partnering with leading experts in key technical areas, the Army Research Laboratory will rapidly advance warfighter capabilities to ensure dominant strategic land power.

Maupin said the timing of the lecture was perfect since most of the participants had been viewing PBS' Vietnam series and were very interested in how the military will be able to deter future war with the right technology development.

"The presentation was well attended and well received – the discussions were filled with zeal and creative ideas," Maupin said.

Maupin believes through outreach activities such as these she is able to increase the awareness and appreciation of Army research presence of an influential subset of Austin's community at large.

ARL South was established in April 2017 and is headquartered in Austin, with satellite partners throughout the state of Texas and surrounding states. Its mission is to establish strong research and development partnerships and collaborative activities with regional universities, start-ups and established companies to jointly fill technical gaps in the areas of biosciences, cybersecurity, energy and power, intelligent systems and materials and manufacturing to meet Army future requirements and achieve cutting-edge research results.

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: October 16, 2017