NEWPORT – The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance collaborated on a technology showcase with U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists May 24, the first such collaboration between SENEDIA and the ARL, according to a press release.
The ARL recently opened its Northeast office at Boston’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University. It started to expand its United States reach in recent years in search of science and technology talents, according to reports.
The tech showcase – at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University in Newport – featured patented inventions by more than 30 companies, according to SENEDIA. Businesses looking at development opportunities were paired with inventors at the event.
“We are experimenting with novel cooperative business opportunities and challenging [the] industry to step forward and work jointly with the Army in new ways,” said Melissa Flagg, regional lead for ARL Northeast.
“This was a unique opportunity for defense companies,” said Molly Donohue Magee, SENEDIA executive director, in a statement. “By proactively reaching out, ARL is reducing barriers to collaboration. Companies had the opportunity to see how they could partner with ARL to meet the innovation needs of our warfighters.”
Featured inventions by Army scientists included variable pitch turbine blades by Anindya Ghoshal that maintain high aerodynamic performance for gas-turbine engines operating under partial-load conditions, and a carbon fiber for nondestructive composite material inspections by Robert Haynes.
SENEDIA looks ahead to more such showcases. Planning is underway for a joint Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy event in the fall.
Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.