Two faculty members and a senior administrator attended the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Open House on December 9-10 at the ARL main facility in Adelphi, MD.
With some travel support from the Office of Research and Engagement, assistant professors Vasilis Maroulas (Mathematics) and Tim Truster (Civil & Environmental Engineering), along with Janet Nelson, associate vice chancellor for research development, participated in the event which presented ARL’s new Open Campus initiative. The objective of this initiative is to foster more collaborative research by providing academia and industry with access to ARL facilities and researchers. Open Campus will thus enable faculty to engage on research projects at ARL locations, and ARL researchers may similarly conduct research on the UT, Knoxville campus.
“The interactions with ARL researchers were extremely helpful and made the event worthwhile,” said Truster. “I gained a better appreciation for Army priorities, and I met potential collaborators for future research projects.”
Although Open Campus is not a funding mechanism, ARL expects that over time the collaborations will lead to joint proposals seeking Army or other federal agency funding as well as joint publications.
According to Maroulas, “The ARL is a living organism in the research ecosystem. A joint effort from Academia and ARL will establish the panoply to solve complex Army problems.”
Under Nelson’s direction, ORE is preparing a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement that will allow UT to participate in Open Campus and enable faculty members to take advantage of ARL’s new initiative.
“Open Campus offers an excellent means to build relationships, which are so important in obtaining DoD research funding,” said Nelson. “It’s a good way for faculty to become known and establish a reputation within the Army research community.”