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New MITER BlueTech lab to accelerate maritime technology development – URI News

BEDFORD, Mass., ET McLEAN, Virginia – November 10, 2021 – The University of Rhode Island joined MITER today in its announcement of the new MITER BlueTech Lab, a national resource for advancing underwater testing, innovation and collaboration. URI also joins the Northeast BlueTech Science and Engineering Acceleration (BlueSEA) Coalition as a founding member, along with MITER, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MassChallenge and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport.

The MITER BlueTech Lab will be a state-of-the-art marine testing facility and a national resource to advance underwater testing, innovation and collaboration. At a groundbreaking ceremony today, the founding members of the Northeast BlueSEA Coalition announced their commitment to collaborate to advance maritime innovation and to conduct research in the new MITER BlueTech Lab.

The Northeast BlueSEA Coalition, made up of leading academic, government and non-profit marine technology organizations, will work together to accelerate solutions to complex maritime challenges by combining skills, assets, resources, equipment and infrastructure. complementary.

“Maritime technology is deeply rooted in many key challenges facing our country and the world, including climate, national security and clean energy,” said Douglas Robbins, vice president, engineering and prototyping, MITER Labs . “The MITER BlueTech Lab will accelerate and provide a foundation for underwater research and innovation for positive impact and help make New England a global maritime research node. “

As the Coalition’s only founding academic partner, URI President Marc B. Parlange said: “URI is well positioned to train and educate the next generation workforce and foster the creation of ‘Blue jobs’ in this dynamic and emerging industry.

“This partnership presents an excellent opportunity to develop high-impact joint and multi-stakeholder regional efforts that will accelerate maritime innovation and improve the security and competitiveness of the United States,” said President Parlange. “This collaborative effort fits well with the University’s broader ambitions to advance innovation and research in the blue economy and align strategic investments to be complementary, as we work together to make New England the leading region in the country for ocean science and technology. ”

URI faculty and staff will collaborate in areas where partners have strengths and where collaboration creates greater opportunities to accelerate advancements in maritime technology. Areas of interest include renewable energy and climate science, manned and unmanned underwater technologies, protection and resilience of critical national infrastructure and supply chains, and defense of the nation and its communities. active against attacks in the physical and digital domains.

The Coalition will help fill gaps in regional capacity, facilities and equipment between partners, investing in complementary assets that provide new capacity or add needed capacity. This new investment from MITER will complement current and planned facilities at URI, WHOI and NUWC, helping to ensure that southern New England remains the Silicon Valley of the underwater technology world.

Holding approximately 575,000 gallons of water, the lab’s test tank will be the longest and one of the largest freshwater tanks available in the region. It will support research, testing and rapid prototyping in the areas of acoustic detection, acoustic communications, unmanned underwater vehicles, maritime autonomy, and climate science research and development. The lab will be open to government agencies, research organizations, startups and commercial companies, and is expected to begin operations at the end of 2022..

In addition, through this new partnership, MITER will extend its NERVE network to connect physical labs at each of the BlueSEA coalition sites by providing its unique institutional capabilities and infrastructure for real-time testing and collaboration between organizations. This will create an unrivaled collection of connected research capabilities with a focus on maritime technology

With the BlueTech Lab marine testing facility, MITER is once again leading the way in advancing science and underwater testing, ”said Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA). “Together, this laboratory with our major research institutions will foster a collaborative ecosystem that will help us address the climate crisis we are facing. ”

“The challenges of tomorrow will require the combined efforts of government, academia, industry and the not-for-profit sector. I am so excited that the BlueTech Lab is working hard to create the infrastructure necessary to meet these challenges, ”said Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06). “MITER’s commitment to the research and development of next generation technologies is essential to our continued fight against climate change and will simultaneously help strengthen our national security, two extremely important goals for the future of our country. I look forward to working closely with the MITER team to solve some of the most difficult problems facing our country and to make significant advancements in maritime technology.

“By developing one of the region’s largest freshwater reservoirs, MITER is making a vital investment in the blue economy and fighting climate change,” said Representative Jake Auchincloss (MA-04). “The BlueTech Lab is another reason New England is leading the way in innovation and discovery. “

“WHO is a world leader in ocean science, engineering and marine operations, and this collaboration is an important step to help accelerate ocean discovery and innovation,” said Peter de Menocal, President and Director from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “We are thrilled to be a part of this new national resource as we advance understanding of the ocean and its importance to the planet. “

“We are delighted to continue our collaborations with all of these great organizations,” said Dr Jason Gomez, chief technology officer, NUWC Division Newport. “The Northeast has always been the leader in the development of submarine technologies, and with increased dependence and opportunities in the submarine domain, we must combine the complementary capacities of government, academia and industry to develop the blue economy and provide our fleet with the advanced technology capabilities they need.

“MassChallenge is pleased to be a founding member of the Northeast BlueSEA Coalition. We believe this coalition is more than just a commitment to advancing innovation, it is a commitment to collaboration that brings together the strengths of our region, ”said Hope Hopkins, General Manager of Early Stage New Programs. England at MassChallenge. “Critical infrastructure and access to facilities such as the new MITER BlueTech Lab that we inaugurated today are essential for blue technology entrepreneurs looking to prototype, pilot and validate their technologies. The opportunity we unlocked today will have a lasting impact on the future of maritime innovation in New England and around the world.

About MITER

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About the University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is a competitive and highly regarded public institution in New England and beyond. Founded in 1892, the University of Rhode Island is Rhode Island’s premier flagship public research and graduate institution, with 17,609 undergraduate and graduate students. Visit uri.edu to learn more. Media contact: Linda Acciardo, [email protected] or Dawn Bergantino, [email protected]