Talking Tech: Bringing Stakeholders Together

Connecting emerging technologies to the government agencies that can put them to work is a critical mission for the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center. The center helps foster communication and exchange between government, industry and academia.

Government, industry and academia come together at the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC), an organization dedicated to increasing dialog among and promoting a deeper technical understanding of complex emerging technology issues.

ATARC partners with the Mitre Corporation, a federally funded research and development center, to conduct summits on issues such as cloud computing and mobile technology, leveraging shared interests among government, industry and academic experts to produce policy memos and white papers.

“We establish these informal networks, where if you have a question down the line, you can go ahead and call your partner at another agency,” says Tom Suder, ATARC’s president and founder. “I think that’s the best thing we do: We get people together. We do have outcomes, but we have collaboration, this constant collaboration, and we encourage that … You’re breaking down these silos, because everybody really has the exact same problems.”

Programs like this are more vital now than ever before, Suder says. “Technology has always changed. It’s the pace of change is what I see as really happening a lot faster.”

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