Collaboration will create "tremendous research opportunities" for TU students and faculty
TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 10, 2010)—Towson University has entered into a Research and Education Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The collaboration will encourage and enhance education and research opportunities in the STEM disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering and technology as they are relevant to ARL programs.
Through the partnership, ARL will collaborate with TU on a number of academic and research programs of mutual benefit. For instance, Towson students will be involved in research at ARL laboratories and facilities through student internship and cooperative education programs, and specific opportunities for students to obtain academic credit for work on research projects will be identified and developed.
ARL personnel will augment academic achievement at Towson, some as adjunct faculty, through 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 take advantage of opportunities like the ARL Summer Faculty/Sabbatical Leave Program and the Interagency Personnel Act.
ARL will provide enhancements to TU's research capabilities by loaning or purchasing cutting-edge equipment and allowing the use of their labs for research projects of interest to ARL. In return, Towson will provide faculty with institutional support and incentives to participate in ARL-sponsored research and training.
Dr. Robert Hammell, associate chair of Towson's Computer and Information Sciences Department, is excited about the program's potential. “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.”
Before coming to Towson, Hammell retired as a lieutenant colonel from the ARL Tactical Intelligent Systems Branch, Information Science Division, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.