NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University has renewed its educational partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI), which began in 2016, for the next five years.

This renewed partnership opens a variety of opportunities for Norwich faculty and students to engage with the AFRL/RI in several ways, including access to their facilities/labs and technologies in Rome, New York; internships for students; residencies for faculty; and curriculum-developing partnerships.

“The Norwich partnership with AFRL offers faculty and students opportunities to work on cutting-edge issues in computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence,” said Phil Susmann, Norwich University’s vice president for strategic partnerships.

In recent years, Norwich University has founded the School of Cybersecurity, Data Science and Computing; the Center for Cybersecurity and Forensics Education and Research; and the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes Security Situation Center. Also, the David Crawford School of Engineering has invested in three new facilities: Wallace Materials Testing Facility, Carrara Family Fluids Lab and ProtoCAM Lab, and the Collaboratory. With these new spaces, engineering students can use state-of-the-art equipment to complete their experiential learning curriculum.

“Our continued partnership with AFRL offers our faculty and students outstanding opportunities for internships, residencies and collaborations and gives them access to AFRL’s cutting-edge laboratories and equipment in support of their research projects and initiatives, including Norwich’s notable scholarly engagements and accomplishments in the disciplines of engineering and cybersecurity,” said Dr. Karen Hinkle, Norwich University’s associate provost for research.

Although research collaboration is open to any academic discipline, specific areas of research synergy include information exploitation; information processing; communication and networking; cybersecurity, information assurance, artificial intelligence; machine learning; and natural language processing; engineering technologies and associated, processes, methods, and concepts for embedded hardware-software system architectures; and formal engineering paradigms.

"We are delighted to continue our partnership with Norwich University," said Dr. Michael J. Hayduk, deputy director, Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, New York. "AFRL continuously looks to the academic community to assist with our forward push on research and development in the engineering and cybersecurity disciplines, to assist with our specific hiring needs and to aid in developing future technologies for our airmen and guardians."

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About the Air Force Research Laboratory
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Air Force Department. The lab plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 11,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, The Air Force Research Laboratory provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. Visit for more information.

About Norwich University:
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge and is the nation’s oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's six Senior Military Colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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