David McNally, ARL Public Affairs
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 13, 2016) — A group of 10 Singaporean defense officials met with representatives from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory April 8 at the Rodman Materials Research Laboratory.
Rear Adm. Harris Chan Weng Yip met with Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command commanding general, earlier in the day. Chan is Singapore’s future systems and technology architect within the Ministry of Defence.
The United States and Singapore have a “comprehensive relationship with productive cooperation on economic, political, and security issues,” according to the U.S. State Department.
Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and ARL are pursuing a cooperative research and development agreement, or CRADA, on the development of novel and emergent nanomaterials beyond graphene. NTU is one of the two largest public universities in Singapore.
ARL’s Dr. Govind Mallick, a research chemist in the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, spent two years living in Singapore and working side-by-side with Singaporean researchers through the Army Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program. Mallick detailed the CRADA’s progress and answered questions from the group.
“We have a great relationship with Singapore,” Mallick said. “They are one of the front runners in nanomaterials development research. We look forward to groundbreaking discoveries, innovations and transitions resulting from our collaboration.”
During information briefings, the delegation learned about the structure and mission of the ARL from Dr. Mark Valco, director of the laboratory’s Vehicle Technology Directorate.
“The laboratory continues to foster synergistic relationships with the international, academic and entrepreneur communities,” Valco said. “As part of ARL’s Open Campus initiative, we seek out ways to increase opportunities for technology advancement and transfer of research knowledge.”
The U.S. Government provides Fulbright awards to enable selected American professors to teach or conduct research at the National University of Singapore and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, as well as awarding scholarships to outstanding Singaporean students for graduate studies at American universities.
The United States recognized Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965 and has had formal diplomatic relations with Singapore since 1966.