Towson Partners with Army Research Lab

Towson, MD (November 10, 2010): Towson University has entered into a Research and Education Partnership Agreement with the Army Research Lab (ARL). This partnership will encourage and enhance education and research opportunities in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology disciplines relevant to ARL science and technology programs. The scope of the agreement includes the following:

Through this partnership, ARL will collaborate with TU on programs of mutual interest, including identifying areas of priority interest and potential sources of funding. TU students will be involved in research at ARL laboratories and facilities through student intern and cooperative education programs, and specific areas of research where TU students can obtain academic credits for work on research projects at ARL laboratories will be identified and developed. ARL personnel will enhance academic achievement, in particular as adjunct faculty, in activities such as mentoring students; assisting in the development and teaching of courses; reviewing course materials; providing instruction on special subjects; and illustrating DoD applications of science, math, engineering, and technology principles through visiting lectures and site visits to ARL facilities. Further, Towson faculty will be involved in ARL through participation in programs such as the ARL Summer Faculty/Sabbatical Leave Program and by utilizing the Interagency Personnel Act (IPAs) for assignments to ARL labs and facilities.

ARL will provide invaluable enhancements to the TU research infrastructure and capabilities by loaning or considering purchasing research equipment and/or facilitating transfer or surplus equipment to TU, as well as facilitating the use of ARL facilities to conduct research of interest to the ARL. Towson will provide faculty institutional support and incentives to participate in ARL sponsored research and training by developing mechanisms that will allow University officials to consider participation in the program positively.

Towson is excited to work within this partnership to enhance its education and research opportunities. As Dr. Robert Hammell notes I believe it will provide tremendous research opportunities for our faculty and students, while at the same time helping the Lab advance their time sensitive, real-world research needs. Dr. Hammell retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the ARL Tactical Intelligent Systems Branch, Information Science Division, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, before coming to Towson University, where he is now Associate Chair of the Computer and Information Sciences Department.

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