The greatest needs of the United States Navy are cutting-edge research and a highly trained workforce.
To address these future needs, UMass Dartmouth has created the Marine and UnderSea Technology (MUST) Research Program. UMass Dartmouth and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) has a long history collaboration on research and talent development. Working alongside with NUWC, MUST has identified areas of focus where the expertise of UMass Dartmouth faculty can have the greatest impact in research and training. Collaborations will include the general areas of undersea technologies addressing sensing, communications, and autonomous underwater vehicles.
With these areas in mind, MUST and NUWC have identified a set of thirteen research projects that UMass Dartmouth faculty will conduct with NUWC researchers. To ensure faculty, students, and NUWC personnel can conduct cutting-edge research, MUST will identify necessary costs for lab renovations, state of the art equipment, and staffing. The current thirteen projects broadly cover areas of biofouling, acoustic sensor design, flow battery technology, composite conductors, energy storage, wake detection, RF photonics, soft robotics and biomimetic sensor development.
UMass Dartmouth is the second leading supplier of workforce talent to NUWC and has the program synergies to propel naval technology into the future.