The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded a five-year, $77.2 million contract to a University of Hawaii Manoa laboratory for research and development on a wide range of areas, the university said in a press release.
The Applied Research Laboratory at UH Manoa was first established in 2008 amid campus protests over its contract work with the defense department. Protestors worried that the lab would be conducting weapons testing, but ARL Director Margo Edwards told Civil Beat in December that is not the case.
The lab has focused heavily on computer and drone research and is also working on the Wave Test Energy Site in Kaneohe Bay. The ARL is also working on approaches to disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, Edwards said in the press release.
Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Civil Beat and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was born and raised on Oahu. You can reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @blaze_lovell