Ashley Washburn, March 14, 2016
DARPA director visiting campus March 22
A unique opportunity is available March 22 for UNL faculty to learn about Defense Advanced Research Project Agency research opportunities and how they can contribute to DARPA’s plans to expand research that strengthens national security.
Faculty are invited to a luncheon seminar presented by DARPA director Arati Prabhakar, who is visiting campus to tour research facilities and meet with UNL representatives. “Changing What’s Possible: DARPA’s Breakthrough Technologies for National Security,” is at 12:15 p.m. in the Memorial Stadium East Stadium Club, with entrance through Gate 18. Registration is required by noon Thursday.
DARPA’s aim is to develop cutting-edge science and technology to help maintain the U.S. edge in national security. Prabhakar oversees DARPA’s nearly $3 billion annual investment in developing emerging technologies for the U.S. military, and one of DARPA’s goals is to expand its research portfolio in U.S. academic institutions. Prabhakar, who has vast experience investing in world-class engineers and scientists to create new technologies and businesses, will discuss opportunities for technological innovation and DARPA’s current and future plans.
Prabhakar’s visit is a key opportunity for UNL to showcase its research capacity and interest in developing technologies to strength national security, highlight the process for moving basic research successes to commercialized products, and strengthen the University of Nebraska’s ability to compete for DARPA awards. During her two-day visit to Nebraska, Prabhakar is meeting with U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer; UNL faculty, students and postdocs; and touring the Extreme Light Laboratory and Nebraska Innovation Campus. She will meet with UNO faculty on March 23.