ADELPHI, MD (November 17, 2016) – New partnerships with the University of

Texas at Austin and other regional universities, announced this week by the U.S.

Army Research Laboratory, establishes ARL South, giving ARL a physical presence in

the region and enhancing the Army lab’s growing global science and technology


Like ARL West, established with its headquarters at the University of Southern

California in April 2016, ARL’s latest facility – ARL South, will leverage regional

expertise and facilities throughout the south central region to accelerate discovery,

innovation and transition of science and technology in support of the Department of

Defense’s Third Offset Strategy and the Army of 2050.

Nationally, ARL is tapping regional resources in hopes of gaining knowledge and

expertise from intellectual markets that have been under represented as a means to

quicken the technology maturation process to allow the Army to maintain

technology overmatch in critical areas.

ARL South was announced Wednesday morning at ARL’s open house at the Adelphi

Laboratory Center in Adelphi, Md. As part of ARL’s Open Campus program, ARL

South will expand upon materials technology and other research through co-

location and close collaboration.

“Through the Open Campus framework, ARL scientists and engineers collaborate

side-by- side with visiting scientists in ARL’s facilities and similarly as visiting

researchers at collaborators’ institutions. Now with the announcement of ARL

South, this will be expanded to the University of Texas at Austin and other regional

institutions,” said Dr. Philip Perconti, acting ARL Director. “Central to the research

collaborations is mutual scientific interest and investment by all partners.”

Perconti said the global academic community, industry, small businesses and other

government laboratories benefit from this kind of engagement through

“collaboration with ARL’s specialized research staff and unique technical facilities as

well as its understanding of Army technology needs.”

The initial focus areas of ARL South will be primarily materials and manufacturing

including additive manufacturing, biosciences, energy and power. Research in cyber

sciences and intelligent systems will also be included.

“ARL’s plan is to locate research staff at key locations in the U.S. such as the south

central region. This extension of ARL to the Nation’s innovation hubs will allow us to

establish new relationships with other researchers in academia and industry,”

Perconti said.

Establishing research teams with regional partners will lead to new technology

directions, new perspectives on Army problems, new industry collaborators, and

ultimately new discoveries that will help the Army solve current and future


“UT Austin is excited to serve as host for Army Research Lab’s new ARL South

outpost as it forges connections with our campus and with universities in the

region,” said Dan Jaffe, vice president for research at UT Austin. “We look forward to

joining together to create new knowledge that can produce the technologies that

continue to give our armed forces the advantages they need to succeed in their

future missions. Already, several groups of UT Austin scientists and engineers are

working together to map out their collaborative activities.”

While the headquarters for ARL South will be located at University of Texas at

Austin, ARL research teams will be present at a number of other regional

institutions. ARL plans to leverage research focused on solving non-military

applications and adapt them for Army and DOD use.