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Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax: 713.743.8199

March 20, 2007

Contact: Contact: Mike Emery
713.743.8186 (office)
713.415.6551 (pager)


The Department of Defense (DOD) annually spends more than $10 billion on research designed to bolster our nation’s security and advance military technology. Past research efforts have yielded revolutionary technologies such as radar, digital computers, cryptology, wireless communication, lasers, fiber optics and satellite navigation.

Soon, researchers, students and the public can learn firsthand about DOD research funding opportunities and processes during the first University of Houston-DOD Research Conference, which runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in Hilton UH Hotel’s Waldorf Astoria Ballroom. This event is sponsored by UH Air Force and Army ROTC.

“This conference is an excellent venue for faculty, students and the public to learn about the vast research opportunities available with the DOD,” said Col. Philip A. Bossert, commander of UH’s AFROTC. “It also is a great example of the many benefits for universities in hosting ROTC units. ROTC is a direct link between academic institutions and the DOD.”

Topics to be discussed during this conference include an overview of DOD research, military research laboratories, research opportunities in the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), Joint Information Operations Warfare Command (JIOWC) and U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSC).

Speakers include directors and leaders from organizations such as TARDEC, JIOWC and AFSC. Donald Birx, UH vice president for research, will deliver the conference’s opening remarks.

The registration fee is $50 and is free for UH faculty, staff and students. To register or to receive additional conference information, visit

WHAT: UH-DOD Research Conference
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., March 29
WHERE: University of Houston Hilton Hotel
Waldorf Astoria Ballroom
4800 Calhoun Road, Entrance 1 - Free Parking in Lot 1A
WHO: UH Air Force and Army ROTC, UH Division of Research

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