Norwich continues partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate

Vermont Business Magazine 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 a number of ways, including: access to their facilities/labs and technologies in Rome, New York; internships for students; residencies for faculty; partnerships in developing curriculum; and many other activities.

“The Norwich partnership with AFRL offers faculty and students opportunities to work on cutting edge issues in computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence,” Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Phil Susmann said.

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 as part of 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,” Associate Provost for Research and Chief Research Office Karen L. Hinkle, Ph.D. said.

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," states Michael J. Hayduk, Ph.D., Deputy Director, AFRL 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."

About AFRL
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL 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, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit:

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 Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six Senior Military Colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University 1.24.2022