About ARL:UT

About ARL:UT

Two men with transmitters on top of a truck with a camper in the bed using radio transmitters in the late 1940s-1950s The mission of Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT) is to strengthen the national security and global progress of the United States through sponsored research in the fields of acoustics, electromagnetics, and information sciences. We have been innovating for over 75 years.

ARL:UT is a Department of Defense University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are the largest and one of the oldest research units of the university and a member of the Vice President for Research portfolio.

In pursuit of our mission, ARL:UT supports cross-disciplinary exploration where the goals of research interface with significant public service and educational contributions.
About the photo: Testing radio transmitter for the Navy around 1950.

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ARL:UT's functions: Research, Education, Public Service and Collaboration with Industry

What We Do

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To maintain the nation’s technological superiority and meet existing and emerging challenges, the DoD invests in research, engineering, and prototyping activities. ARL:UT’s contribution includes groundbreaking applications and state-of-the art equipment in high-resolution sonar and undersea surveillance, satellite navigation and atmospheric tomography, and cybersecurity and information systems analysis. ARL:UT’s robust independent research and development program also facilitates the development and prototyping of technological solutions for the military and intelligence communities.

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With its complementary relationship with the rest of the university, ARL:UT is educating the next generation of scientists and engineers. ARL:UT’s Center for Quantum Research is at the forefront of quantum computing technology, and it now offers coursework through UT’s Freshman Research Initiative. Programs such as the Honors Summer Internship and the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship provide students with hands-on experience and a first look at a research career.

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Public Service

UARC laboratories serve as subject matter experts and independent, trusted advisors to their DoD customers. ARL:UT’s high level of expertise and “honest broker” status in our core areas of acoustics, electromagnetics, and information sciences has resulted in substantial cost savings to DoD programs. The UARC charter under which we operate precludes ARL:UT's teaming with industry, other than collaborations and technology transfer approved by the NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) oversight office.

What We Value

At ARL:UT, we are committed to the highest standards of integrity in everything we do.

We recognize the dignity of each individual, respect each employee, avoid sexual harassment and workplace violence, provide compensation and benefits that are competitive, and promote self-development through training that broadens work-related skills.

We value diversity. Our researchers and staff embody unique skills, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that foster our mission of innovation and make ARL:UT a great place to work.