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DARPA Chief and Rep. Meehan to Address Defense Industry Execs at UMass Lowell


LOWELL - The director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan will address defense industry executives next week at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

            Dr. Anthony Tether, the chief of the research and development arm of the Department of Defense, will spend a half-day Wednesday, March 27 at the University touring laboratories and meeting with key researchers with Rep. Meehan, who arranged the visit.  Tether's visit will culminate with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at Cumnock Hall on University Ave., co-sponsored by the Yankee Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, with about 150 defense industry executives, military and higher education officials.

            "I appreciate Congressman Meehan bringing Dr. Tether here to witness the innovative research and development initiatives on the UMass Lowell campus," said Dr. William Hogan, UMass Lowell chancellor.  "The University has partnered with DARPA on projects in the past and we look forward to continuing to help in its quest for technological advancement."

            DARPA recently awarded the University and Hanscom Air Force Research Laboratory a three-year, $1.5 million grant to enhance the military's high-speed electronics capabilities by creating lightweight devices that work at lower voltages.

            "I am pleased that Dr. Tether will be able to see first hand the important work that UMass Lowell does in an effort to develop new technologies to benefit our armed forces," said Congressman Meehan, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee's Research and Development Subcommittee.

            "There is no other agency in the world like DARPA.  It embodies the best - and uniquely American - attributes of ingenuity, innovation and risk taking.  Our success in Afghanistan is owed in no small measure to the union of DARPA-developed technologies and Dr. Tether's can-do attitude."

            This will mark Dr. Tether's first visit to the area since being appointed DARPA director last June.  Previously, Dr. Tether was chief executive officer and president of the Sequoia Group, the program management and strategy development service company he founded in 1996.

            Dr. Tether is expected to speak at the luncheon about DARPA's cutting-edge research and development projects designed to create devices and systems that provide highly advanced military capabilities.  He also will answer questions from the audience.

            UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region.  Second largest of the UMass campuses, Lowell offers its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs.

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