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 was created to match Auburn’s research capacities with the needs of Huntsville’s agencies and industries, as well as 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 $50 billion in federal contracts yearly. Increasingly, these contracts require the collaboration of a broad array of disciplines, and the Auburn University Huntsville Research 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 also facilitates Auburn’s collaboration with Alabama A&M University and the University of Alabama – Huntsville. It works to leverage the outstanding resources of these institutions to promote Alabama’s economic development and bring new ideas and products to government, industry and consumers