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CCM Signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

05 March 2010

The University of Delaware and the U.S. Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) signed a landmark cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) on Jan. 26 that constitutes a major step forward in the development of a mutually beneficial partnership between the Army and The University of Delaware (UD).

“It’s hard to imagine a partnership with more promise than the one we’re establishing with Aberdeen Proving Ground--one whose benefits could affect more people or affect them more critically,” said UD President Patrick Harker.

The CRADA provides an umbrella under which the Army and UD can work to¬gether to optimize resources, share technical expertise in a protected environment, share intellectual property emerging from the effort, and speed the commercializa¬tion of federally developed technology.

The signing ceremony, which took place at the Roselle Center for the Arts on the UD campus, included not only the agreement but also the first cooperative state¬ment of work (SOW) that will be carried out under the CRADA.

This cooperation, which will focus on antenna technology and composite materials, involves UD’s Center for Composite Materials (CCM), Department of Electrical and Computer Engi¬neering, and Department of Physics and Astronomy, as well as two Army research centres--the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Communications-Electronics Research, Develop¬ment and Engineering Command (CERDEC).