The Auburn University Huntsville Research Center opened in July 2010. Headed by Rodney Robertson, former director of the technical center of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the Center matches Auburn’s research capacities with the needs of Huntsville’s agencies and industries and aims to increase research funding to Alabama and assist the state to expand its role in the national research agenda.
A high-tech economic engine for Alabama, Huntsville executes more than $30 billion in federal contracts yearly. Increasingly, these contracts require the collaboration of a broad array of disciplines, and the Auburn Center will make it easier for north Alabama business, industry and government agencies to access the capabilities of one the southeast’s major research institutions.
The Center will also facilitate Auburn’s collaboration with Alabama A&M University and the University of Alabama – Huntsville. It will work to leverage the outstanding resources of these institutions to promote Alabama’s economic development and bring new ideas and new products to government, industry and consumers.
The Huntsville Times, 09.30.2010. With new Huntsville research center, Auburn University eager to join high-tech research
The Decatur Daily, 09.30.2010. AU center seeks to keep bright in state
The Birmingham News, 09.30.2010. Auburn University moves into Huntsville
Auburn Wire Eagle, 10.15.2010. New Auburn research center in Huntsville advancing space exploration and homeland security
Huntsville Times, 08.05.2011. Huntsville’s Cyber Security steering committee plans October Table Top exercise