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support operations - are available not only as a resource but also to assist in establishing a successful collaborative research project with ARL.

Business Operations - Located at ARL West IV and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Please call (814) 865-1541 for more information.

Finance Office - Responsible to assist Principal Investigators and the Laboratory Directorate with financial and compliance management of sponsored awards. Department responsibilities also include the processing of Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Travel reimbursement transactions. The department also utilizes University Financial Systems to record financial transactions and ensure compliance with University policies. The ARL Accounting Department is located at ARL West IV and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contracts - Provides timely, high-quality Grant & Contract Post-Award and other administrative services that are fully responsive to ARL faculty/staff, University Administrator, and Government/Industry customer needs. Call 814-865-1541 for more information.

Proposals - Seeks to provide guidance and support to the ARL community in the submission of externally funded research proposals in furtherance of the research, education, and public service mission of the University - "to make life better." Call 814-865-1541 for more information.

Purchasing Office - Located at ARL West IV and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Please review our Purchasing Terms & Conditions (PDF). Call 814-865-2588 for more information.

Subcontracts - Responsible for the efficient and timely initiation, negotiation and administration of all subcontract and consulting procurement awards issued by the Applied Research Laboratory in compliance with the provisions of the prime sponsored award and University policy and procedure and consistent with the quality, quantity and delivery requirements of the ARL requesting personnel. Call 814-865-1541 for more information.

Research Operations - Located at ARL West IV and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Please call (814) 863-5978 for more information.

Computing and Networks - Provides strategic planning and implementation for Laboratory network infrastructure, administrative and file servers, information access security, desktop, workstation, and server computer support. C&N provides coordination with the University's Office of Telecommunications, Office of Administrative Systems, Center for Academic Computing, and the Computer, Network, and Information Security Office. Assistance is also provided to Laboratory offices for computing resource planning, asset management, and budgeting and purchasing. The Computing and Networks Department is primarily located at ARL West IV. The Computing Help Desk is available by calling (814) 863-8401 or E-mail:

Drafting & Design - All of our work is performed using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software. For mechanical work we use Unigraphics and for electronic printed circuit board design we use Mentor Graphics - Expedition PCB. In conjunction with the Machine Shop, we have expanded our Computer Aided Machining (CAM) capabilities to ensure that each project’s work takes advantage of the latest in machine tool technology.

Information Services - Disseminates information and provides services to ARL researchers in support of their efforts to fulfill contractual agreements with the U.S. Navy and constituents. ARL Information Centers are located in the Applied Research Laboratory Building, the Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel, and the Applied Science Building. The libraries are open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Other times by special request. General or routine inquiries may be E-mailed to or faxed to (814) 863-5568.

Machine Shops - ARL maintains an extensive set of specialty shops including NC multi-axis machining, paint and plating shops, a sheet metal shop, and a welding shop. The main shops are located at ARL West and at Cato Industrial Park (see ARL Building Locations). Please call (814) 863-5370.

Management Information Systems - As a unit of the Research Operations Office, MIS serves as the central resource responsible for supporting administrative information systems and training needs of the Laboratory through the development, maintenance and secure operation of applications using centralized administrative databases and web applications. Located at ARL West IV.

Office of Physical Plant (OPP) - Located in the Research West Building and manages the ARL physical plant. Direct service questions to (814) 865-6751.

Publications Office (PUBS) - Located in the Applied Research Laboratory Building and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Please call (814) 865-5062. For document requests, contact the Director's Office: (814) 865-6343.

Health & Safety Office - Located in the Research West Building and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Please call (814) 865-7453 or Cell: (814) 777-4160. Emergency after-hour calls: please contact the security staff pager service at 883-2044 or Penn State Police Services: (814) 863-3101.

Other ARL Support Offices

Diversity Programs Office - The ARL Diversity Committee was established in 1990 to promote awareness among employees of the importance of supporting cultural diversity at ARL and to sensitize them to diversity issues, perspectives, and points of view with the goal of providing an environment conducive to a sense of belonging.

Program & Industrial Support - Your gateway to the Applied Research Laboratory's technical and business office resources. In addition to the information on this Web site, we can quickly and efficiently put you in touch with our technical leaders in your area of interest. Once any contact is made, we ensure that your information and interests are protected and that administrative issues are addressed in a timely fashion. The ISO is a continuing resource to you throughout program development and execution. Call (814) 863-3982 for further assistance.

Office of Human Relations (OHR) - Both ARL and Penn State provide a diverse workplace environment (see ARL's Diversity web pages). ARL has been cited by Black Professional Magazine as one of the best places to work in America. The University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person because of age as defined by law, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Please direct inquiries to:

Security Office - For industrial security issues, please contact the ARL Security Office at (814) 865-3031 during regular business hours (07:30-17:00 hours EST), and (814) 883-2044 after hours. All visitors to any of the Applied Research Laboratory buildings must check in at the reception desk located in the lobby of each building.

Support Offices - Serves as the Washington area focus for program development, as a liaison with the National Capital Region sponsor community, and to showcase ARL capabilities. Personnel working out of this office maintain close ties to government offices involved in sponsorship of ARL work.

Applied Research Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
1800 Alexander Bell Drive Suite 256
Reston, VA  20191-5465
Phone: 703-939-8670
Fax: 703-939-8672