Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory celebrates 75th anniversary

February 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is celebrating 75 years of discovery and innovation in 2020.

Originally established at the request of the U.S. Navy in 1945, the Ordnance Research Laboratory (later to become the Applied Research Laboratory) was initially focused on the continuation of science and technology efforts related to torpedoes that began during World War II. 

Man with turbine machine

Virtual reality simulation in Applied Research Laboratory's Sea Lab at Penn State.

IMAGE: Penn State Applied Research Laboratory/Corporate Communications

Today, ARL/Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation — supporting national security, economic competitiveness and quality of life through education, scientific discovery, technology demonstration and transition to application.

As a designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), ARL/Penn State conducts essential research, development and systems engineering in support of our nation’s priorities free from conflict of interest or competition with industry.

To learn more about ARL-Penn State, its history and current research, watch its 75th Anniversary video, “Applied Research Laboratory: Celebrating 75 years of Impact to the Nation.”

Last Updated February 21, 2020