The University of the District of Columbia has announced a new partnership with the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on September 20, the schools have agreed to pursue investigations of advanced materials and manufacturing and cyber security.

The MOU states that researchers from the two universities will work jointly on research projects and future academic collaborations. The agreement will also allow the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State to “bring leadership with knowledge of Navy applied research” to the University of the District of Columbia campus as part of Title 10, allowing UDC “to identify applied research opportunities, compete for those opportunities, and implement Navy applied research programs in their areas of demonstrated research capability.”

This new partnership between Penn State and the University of the District of Columbia, which is one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), is another milestone as UDC expands its academic collaborations and research portfolio. Other recent accomplishments include:

• Partnership with Brookings Institution for Presidential Lecture Series.
• $3 million NASA award, Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Space Technology and Applied Research
• $4.8 NSF-CREST award, Center for Nanotechnology Research and Education
• $2.8 DOE-National Nuclear Security Administration

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