Auburn University opens Huntsville Research and Innovation Campus

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Auburn University’s Research and Innovation Campus in Huntsville officially opened this month. (Auburn University)

Auburn University widened its footprint in Huntsville this week with the opening of the school’s Research and Innovation Campus at Cummings Research Park. The new campus will support applied research and development work for Huntsville/Redstone customers, as well as hosting alumni and development events.

An opening ceremony was held at the facility Tuesday. Read on to find out more about this new campus in Huntsville:

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Auburn University Research and Innovation Campus

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The Huntsville campus will support applied research and development work for Huntsville/Redstone customers. (Auburn University)

The 9-acre property, located at 345 Voyager Way NW in Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park, is in close proximity to numerous defense and aerospace collaborators, as well as the Bridge Street Town Centre and the Gate 9 entrance to Redstone Arsenal.

“Much like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did in 1969, today is a monumental day for Auburn as we plant our flag in Huntsville. We might even say that a different eagle has landed.”

Steve Taylor, interim dean of Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

The Auburn University Research and Innovation Campus will serve as a state-of-the-art multi-million-dollar collaboration engine, conference center and research space that extends Auburn’s expertise and next-generation resources to the defense, space and law enforcement agencies.

“The Auburn University Research and Innovation Campus will be where today meets tomorrow. Huntsville has been, and will continue to be, one of the hotbeds for our graduates to work, our faculty to partner with and our students to explore. The facility will fast-track career connections that change the world, not only through the opportunity for next-generation, cross-domain collaboration among agencies, but by supplying our partners access to Auburn’s most promising young minds.”

Auburn University President Christopher B. Roberts

What’s Inside the Research and Innovation buildings

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The 9-acre campus stands on the property that formerly housed LogiCore. (Auburn University)

Here’s what you’ll find on the Auburn Research and Innovation Campus in Huntsville:

  • Configurable laboratories for on-site research and development in critical technology areas
  • Work areas for Auburn interns, co-op students, and graduate students engaged in R&D for Huntsville customers
  • Facilities for space and cyber security operations, modeling and simulation, and tabletop exercises
  • Meeting spaces and engagement opportunities for government, industry & academia to allow for in-person and virtual meetings, exercises, etc.
  • A venue for student and alumni activities such as poster sessions, recruiting events, development events, etc.
  • Sculptures, paintings and other works from the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art’s collection, including new work by acclaimed artist Gamaliel Rodríguez.

“As the largest city in the state, Huntsville is dedicated to also being the leader in jobs and economic development. Across the defense, aerospace, law enforcement, biotech and other sectors, Huntsville is quickly becoming a global leader in innovation, research and development as we unite our rich intellectual capital with new opportunities, such as this partnership with the Auburn University Research and Innovation Campus.”

Mayor Tommy Battle

The campus laboratories will facilitate expansion in Huntsville of high-profile Auburn research programs such as advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing, biotechnology, quantum metrology, cyber and critical infrastructure security and assured position, navigation and timing. To elevate Auburn’s ability to conduct space research, facilities will be available for use as an operations center for NASA, DOD and private sector missions.

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Michael Seale
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