The University of Chicago and the United States Army Research Laboratory held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the recently announced partnership between the organizations, and to observe Veterans Day with distinguished guests and elected officials.
The ceremony on Nov. 10 followed the Army Research Lab’s announcement in October of ARL Central, a new regional headquarters for research and technology development, to be based at the University's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Hyde Park. Friday’s event included Ryan McCarthy, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, and other leaders from the University of Chicago and ARL.
The rapidly expanding and robust innovation ecosystem on Chicago’s South Side helped attract the interest of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, which was looking to establish a new presence in the Midwest. ARL Central is designed to leverage expertise throughout the region by partnering with the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratories and several leading universities to accelerate discovery, innovation and the transition of science and technology.
“Our partnership with the Army Research Lab, and the establishment of ARL Central out of our campus, will bring the research and development capabilities of ARL to Chicago for the first time,” said Eric D. Isaacs, executive vice president for research, innovation and national laboratories at the University of Chicago. “It will allow ARL researchers to interact in new ways with leading scientists at the University of Chicago—as well as with faculty and researchers at our collaborating universities in the areas of materials and data sciences.”