The University of Vermont and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) signed an Educational Partnership Agreement today that will lead to a wide range of education and research-oriented exchanges between the two organizations.

CRREL, based in Hanover, N.H., is part of the United States Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). It is a national resource for cold regions science and engineering. CRREL scientists and engineers seek innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to the challenges faced by the Army, the Department of Defense and the nation in the earth’s cold and complex environments.

The broad purpose of the agreement is to encourage and enhance study in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math – at UVM by connecting students with the equipment and personnel at the lab, involving them with projects and providing them with career advice.

Much of the work at the lab will be designed so students can receive academic credit for it.

In addition, UVM faculty will assist staff at CRREL in various research projects the lab is conducting and will conduct their own research that could advance the goals of the lab. 

“This is a great opportunity for our students to work at the cutting edge of scientific research, with highly sophisticated equipment and skilled scientists,” said Richard Galbraith, UVM’s vice president for research. “Our hope is that it will both enhance their academics and give them real-world research experience that will help them after they graduate,” he said.

“I am delighted that we’ve added UVM to our educational partnership group,” said CRREL director Dr. Joseph Corriveau. “The agreement gives the lab staff another chance to work with a great university and affords UVM students with opportunities to experience a diversity of thought and technical agility in solving scientific and engineering challenges, thereby contributing to their overall academic experience.”

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is one of the premier engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. As the research organization of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC conducts R&D in support of soldier, military installation and civil works projects, federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and U.S. industry through innovative work agreements. 


Jeffrey R. Wakefield