UNM and Air Force Research Laboratory create partnership

Did some web surfing and found this piece from last year about the collaboration of University of New Mexico and the Air Force’s Directed Energy research and development.  Further info on the militarization of universities.


AFRL – UNM Sign Educational Partnership Agreement

April 22, 2011 | By Karen Wentworth

Col. William T. Cooley, UNM President David J. Schmidly

The Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico and the Depart­ment of the Air Force as rep­re­sented by the Air Force Research Lab­o­ra­tory, Directed Energy and Space Vehi­cles Direc­torates, today signed an Edu­ca­tional Part­ner­ship Agreement.

The agreement’s objec­tive is to facil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tive research oppor­tu­ni­ties between AFRL and UNM, two research inten­sive Albuquerque-based orga­ni­za­tions, to improve career oppor­tu­ni­ties for UNM stu­dents, advance tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment in the state of New Mex­ico and expand STEM edu­ca­tion research ini­tia­tives through­out the New Mex­ico edu­ca­tional system.

The agree­ment was signed by UNM Pres­i­dent David J. Schmidly, David A Hardy, direc­tor of the AFRL Directed Energy Direc­torate and Col. William T. Coo­ley, direc­tor of the AFRL Space Vehi­cles Directorate.

Schmidly said, “The agree­ment is a won­der­ful oppor­tu­nity for UNM to work more exten­sively with a pre­mier research lab­o­ra­tory that has great strate­gic impor­tance to the state’s econ­omy.  The chance for our stu­dents to work closely with pro­fes­sion­als engaged in cutting-edge research will give them an extra­or­di­nary expe­ri­ence.”  Schmidly is an inter­na­tion­ally respected researcher and sci­en­tific author.  As a noted sci­en­tific nat­u­ral­ist, he has authored nine nat­ural his­tory and con­ser­va­tion books about mam­mals and more than 100 sci­en­tific articles.

Hardy, a mem­ber of the Senior Exec­u­tive Ser­vice, is direc­tor of the Directed Energy Direc­torate, at AFRL, Kirt­land Air Force Base. Hardy leads the Air Force’s cen­ter of exper­tise for directed energy tech­nol­ogy, devel­op­ing and tran­si­tion­ing research tech­nolo­gies into mil­i­tary sys­tems. The direc­torate pro­vides per­va­sive, world-class directed energy and imag­ing research tech­nolo­gies for users across the Air Force and the Depart­ment of Defense.

Hardy man­ages numer­ous state-of-the-art research lab­o­ra­to­ries and test­ing struc­tures at Kirt­land AFB, and sev­eral unique facil­i­ties which include the Starfire Opti­cal Range at Kirt­land AFB; a test­ing site at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Mis­sile Range, N.M; and the Air Force Maui Opti­cal and Super­com­put­ing Site in Hawaii.

Colonel William T. “Bill” Coo­ley is the com­man­der, Phillips Research Site and Materiel Wing Director, Space Vehi­cles Direc­torate, AFRL, Kirt­land Air Force Base. He leads a team of 941 mil­i­tary, civil­ian, and on-site con­trac­tors who com­prise the nation’s Cen­ter of Excel­lence for mil­i­tary space sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, research and devel­op­ment, as well as advanced tech­nolo­gies inte­gra­tion and demonstration.

The Bat­tle­space Envi­ron­ment divi­sion of the Space Vehi­cles Direc­torate is mov­ing more than 150 posi­tions from Hanscom Air Force Base to Kirt­land Air Force Base this year. A rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony for the new Bat­tle­space Envi­ron­ment Lab­o­ra­tory that will house the divi­sion was held this week.

Coo­ley said, “The strong rela­tion­ship between acad­e­mia and the Bat­tle­space Divi­sion (for­merly the Geo­physics Lab) has been one of their keys for suc­cess over the past 50 years while located in the Boston area.  Now, with the move to Kirt­land, estab­lish­ing a robust rela­tion­ship with UNM will ensure the world-class research and space sci­ence they are known for will con­tinue into the next 50-years.  I expect the entire direc­torate will ben­e­fit from the rela­tion­ship with UNM!”

UNM and AFRL already col­lab­o­rate in some areas, includ­ing the Con­fig­urable Space Microsys­tems Inno­va­tions & Appli­ca­tions Cen­ter (COSMIAC) where stu­dents from UNM and other uni­ver­si­ties work with fac­ulty to design and build small satel­lites that can be launched into space using tech­nolo­gies such as Space Plug and Play Archi­tec­ture.   NASA has already selected UNM to build a satel­lite named Trail­blazer to be launched in early 2012.

UNM fac­ulty mem­bers who will work as a liai­son between the two insti­tu­tions are Chris­tos Christodoulou from Elec­tri­cal and Com­puter Engi­neer­ing, Gre­gory Tay­lor and Har­jit S. Ahluwalia from Physics and Astron­omy, Mah­moud Reda Taja from Civil Engi­neer­ing and Sul Kas­si­cieh from the Ander­son School of Business.

The agree­ment allows the AFRL to loan or sur­plus lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment to UNM, to make lab­o­ra­tory per­son­nel avail­able to teach sci­ence courses or assist in the devel­op­ment of sci­ence courses, to involve fac­ulty and stu­dents in defense lab­o­ra­tory research projects and to coop­er­ate with UNM in devel­op­ing a pro­gram under which stu­dents may be given aca­d­e­mic credit for work on defense lab­o­ra­tory research projects.  The agree­ment also allows the lab­o­ra­tory to pro­vide aca­d­e­mic assis­tance and career advice to UNM students.

Media con­tact: Karen Went­worth (505) 277‑5627; e-mail: kwent2@unm.edu


About elloborojo

Okay, as the subtitle states, this is a notebook from what I call a New Mexico diaspora (look up diaspora if you are asking). I was a former resident of New Mexico, now living elsewhere, but New Mexico is still my homeland. To get more in touch with your homeland one must be away from it. This is my attempt to understand it. I was a former anti-militarism activist in the Albuquerque area. Still believe that United Snakes militarism is the greatest threat to the world, as do the majority of the worlds population. Uncovered much information about the ties in New Mexico, but never processed it all. This blog is an attempt to do that. Also hope it may come of use to others with similar interests.
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