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University-industry partnerships

The recently launched Aerospace and Defense Research Collaboratory (ADRC) is expected to draw on the research and expertise of ASU engineering faculty.

ADRC is part of broader ASU-wide pursuits under the Security and Defense Systems Initiative directed by Werner Dahm, a professor in the School for Engineering of Materials, Transportation and Energy Engineering.

Dozens of aerospace, defense and high-tech industry representatives joined Dahm at a Feb. 11 launch event with ASU President Michael Crow, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean Paul Johnson and William C. Harris, president and chief executive of Science Foundation Arizona.

The foundation has awarded the ADRC a startup grant of $1 million. The collaboratory’s goal is to establish partnerships between Arizona’s state universities and industry, with the aim of bolstering the aerospace and high-tech sector’s role as an economic driver for the state.

The effort will make use of university research related to cybersystems, advanced materials and technologies for autonomous systems, among other areas.

The ADRC is co-directed by Dahm and Mitzi Montoya, executive dean of ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation.

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