URI joins regional Blue Tech partners for MITRE lab groundbreaking and formation of regional maritime technology coalition

Wednesday, November 10, 10:15-11:30 a.m. ET

The University of Rhode Island joins MITRE and regional BlueTech partners for a groundbreaking celebration of MITRE’s new BlueTech Lab and the formation of the Northeast BlueTech Science and Engineering Acceleration (BlueSEA) Coalition.

BlueSEA Coalition Partners:

  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport
  • New England, MassChallenge

Partners, regional and national leaders will join to break ground for the new MITRE BlueTech Lab – a state-of-the-art, all-weather maritime test facility, and a national resource for advancing undersea testing, innovation, and collaboration. Holding roughly 500,000 gallons of water, the lab’s test tank will support research, testing, and rapid prototyping in acoustic sensing, acoustic communications, unmanned underwater vehicles, maritime autonomy, and climate science research and development. 

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
  • Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
  • Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA-4)
  • Chris Albert, State Director, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Rele Abiade, Deputy State Director, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Ryan Curtis, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Congressman James Langevin (D-RI)
  • RDML (sel) Chad Cary, supporting the duties of the deputy director NOAA Corps and OMAO
  • Charles Clancy, MITRE, senior vice president, general manager, MITRE Labs, chief futurist
  • Marc B. Parlange, president, University of Rhode Island
  • Jason Gomez, CTO, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport
  • Hope Hopkins, managing director, early stage, New England, MassChallenge
  • Kathleen Federico, MITRE, senior vice president, chief people & corporate strategy officer
  • Peter de Menocal, President, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Douglas Robbins, MITRE, vice president, engineering and prototyping, MITRE Labs

Wednesday, November 10. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. ET. The program will begin at 10:15 a.m. followed by an optional tour of MITRE Labs, which span cyber, AR/VR, and antennae technologies

The program and groundbreaking will take place outdoors. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to clear security. Parking is free. Please follow directional signs to event.

MITRE Bedford Headquarters
202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1420

The program is free and open to media. RSVP to media@mitre.org. All attendees will be required to provide a photo ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Only U.S. citizens will be allowed to tour the indoor labs.


COVID-19 Protocols

  • All visitors to MITRE are required to show valid proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine (a vaccination card or photo of a valid card). Vaccination status will be verified upon arrival.

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About the University of Rhode Island
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