The Applied Research Laboratories of The University
of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT) is a research unit that has been associated
with the university since 1946. Throughout its
60 year history, ARL has been engaged in a sponsored research program
dedicated to improving our nations military capability in
and information technology.
As an organized research unit reporting
to the Vice President for Research, ARL supports the three traditional
roles of a major university: research,
education, and public service.
ARL:UT TRACES ITS ROOTS TO TWO LABORATORIES ESTABLISHED TO CONDUCT RESEARCH in military applications of acoustics and electromagnetics during World War II. ARL's research programs consist entirely of sponsored projects, with the bulk of the sponsorship in the Department of Defense (DoD). No state appropriated or other university funds have ever been required to support the programs or the staff at ARL.
The nature of the research spans the spectrum
from basic inquiries into the nature of signal and noise fields in acoustics
and electromagnetics, to the development of prototype sonar systems
for use by the US Navy. ARL maintains a number
of facilities to support our research programs.
ARL:UT ENCOURAGES STUDENT INVOLVEMENT in its research programs through both employment opportunities and a variety of educational programs. Our students work alongside scientists and engineers, and are significant contributors to our projects. The majority of the students are from the College of Engineering. There are also a significant number from the College of Natural Sciences, primarily Physics and Computer Sciences Departments. There are typically 100 150 students working at ARL at any given time.
The experience students gain through
their participation in an applied research program is a substantial
enhancement to their formal education; it also generally enhances their
employability when they graduate. MORE
about our students.
It is frequently the case that ARL researchers can bring to their teaching a valuable current perspective based on their research activities.
As a non-profit organization engaged in development of military technology, ARL has been able to focus attention and expertise on projects that have resulted in substantial cost savings to DoD programs. This has occurred through application of modern technology to replace older systems that had high maintenance costs and ARL's careful honest broker review of industrys bids on military systems.
ARL staff members are justifiably proud of their role in helping to ensure that our defense budget is spent wisely.
ARL:UT has been designated a Navy University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) by the Department of Defense. The UARC designation is reserved for university laboratories maintaining essential and unique core competencies in technology areas that are important for national defense. This designation allows ARL:UT to contract with the federal government on a sole source, noncompetitive basis for research and development in those essential core areas.
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OVER 50 YEARS OF PROBLEM SOLVING ARL:UT evolved from two defense-oriented research laboratories established by The University during WWII.
ORGANIZATION ARL's executive director provides guidance to the 7 directors who manage the 4 research laboratories and 3 service areas. Our executive director reports directly to UT's vice president for research.
VISITING US We are located at The University's J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) in the northwest part of Austin, Texas, approximately eight miles from the main campus. Get directions, maps, hotel list, etc.
DOING BUSINESS WITH US The Administrative Group handles contracts, accounting, management information, purchasing, shipping and receiving, travel, and security.
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