Army Research Laboratory expands industry collaboration in Northeast region

May 31, 2018

By Scientists pitch inventions, paired with businesses to talk collaboration opportunities

NEWPORT, R.I. -- A group of Army scientists pitched their patented inventions at a tech showcase hosted by Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, or SENEDIA, on May 24 in an effort to welcome collaborative relationships that improve warfighter capabilities in the technology discovery phase.

The event was the initiative of Dr. Melissa Flagg, regional lead of the ARL Northeast region. "We're expanding cooperative business opportunities and challenging industry to step forward," she said.

"I'm in the neighborhood, I'm local, I want to come sit with you, understand what you do and explain what we need," Flagg told the businesses. "We can work together to expand Army capabilities. Come talk to me if you want to do business."

Dr. Shashi Karna, an engineer at the Army Research Laboratory, explained his patented work on using carbon nanotubes in reducing the size and weight of portable electronic devices.

Holding up his mobile phone, Karna said, "Every electronic gizmo uses an AC/DC converter. Using carbon nanotubes will make the converter components extremely lightweight."

The Army is expanding its research footprint to improve warfighter capabilities, develop talent pipelines and expand access to the defense ecosystem. The freshly-minted ARL Northeast is headquartered at Northeastern University in Burlington, Massachusetts, as part of ARL's Open Campus Initiative.

Businesses exploring development opportunities were lined up by Molly Donohue Magee, executive director of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance and matched with ARL inventors by Mary Arthur, technology transfer specialist at ARL. About 45 people attended.

TechLink, DOD's national partnership intermediary for technology transfer, was on hand to explain the patent licensing process, listing several recent successes.

"We're the DOD's experts in patent licensing. We market to and advise businesses on developing ARL inventions into new products and services," said Dan Swanson, senior technology manager at TechLink.

ARL researchers and the inventions they pitched included:

Article courtesy of Troy Carter, TechLink

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: May 31, 2018