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Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute


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Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute at the University of Oklahoma

OADII brings together the full range of the university’s capabilities and resources to provide holistic solutions addressing the aerospace, defense, and global security challenges of today and tomorrow. By uniting the vast resources of a major research university with a network of industry and government partners, OADII advances security, liberty, and prosperity for our state, nation, and world. We are growing in national prominence in four crucial areas:


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Radar Innovations:
Ensuring National and Global Security through Radar Innovations

Through strategic investments over the last two decades, OU has created the nationally recognized Advanced Radar Research Center, which is the largest university-based radar center in the nation. Next-generation radio frequency sensing and communication systems address a range of national security issues.   

OU’s Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) is the nation’s largest academic research center focused on advancements in radar.  Specific areas of strength include:

  • Defense radars/sensors
  • Signal processing/AI/ML
  • Spectrum sharing
  • Remote sensing
  • Weather/atmospheric radar
  • Applied electromagnetics/antennas
  • Automotive radar
  • Biomedical sensors
  • UAS, cUAS
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Microwave/mmW components/packaging
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Sustainment and Modernization:
Supporting the Defense Sustainment and Modernization Enterprise

Sustaining Department of Defense platforms is key to maintaining the readiness and operational capability of the U.S. military. We develop innovative approaches in additive manufacturing and advanced materials to drive down sustainment cost and improve functionality of legacy platforms by developing modernized software processes and systems.

  • Embedded Software Engineering
    • Software platform modernization
  • Additive/Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Science
    • Alternative certification and testing
    • Reverse and re-engineering
  • AI/ML for Predictive Maintenance
  • Workforce Development and Upskilling
    • Augmented, virtual reality for training
    • Ethical, social, and policy issues training
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Advanced Technologies:
Addressing Emerging Security Challenges through Advanced Technologies

OU provides deep expertise in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum technology, which are vital to addressing current and emerging national and global security challenges. These game-changing technologies form the basis of the “industries of the future” and provide unique advantages in enabling agile responses to ever-growing threats.

  • Unmanned Systems
    • Human factors, control of multiple USs
    • US sense and avoid + command and control
  • Quantum technologies
    • Sensing
    • Novel materials
  • Reinvigorate DoD Systems
    • Digital twins combined with advanced materials design
    • Advanced materials, metrology
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International Security Policy:
Developing Innovative and Agile International Security Policy Solutions 

Global security challenges demand coherent strategies coupled with actionable policy recommendations. OU generates world-class international security policy research by pairing our excellence in technological research and development with expertise in international security policy, developing holistic 21st century policy solutions. 

  • Cyberspace Security and Governance
    • International law in cyber domain
    • Ransomware policy responses
    • Cybersecurity Governance Lab
    • Cybersecurity education
  • Global Security Challenges
    • Disruptive technologies, e.g., AI and quantum
    • Climate change

OADII was launched in support of the Aerospace, Defense, and Global Security initiative through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships at the University of Oklahoma. ADGS is one of four strategic research verticals identified in the university’s strategic plan that applies convergent OU research to significant, real-world challenges.

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The University of Oklahoma

OU, as the state’s flagship institution founded in 1890, is focused on societal impact through research and creative activity. OU bridges disparate academic disciplines together to foster creative, comprehensive solutions to global challenges. In our vision for research and creative activity, researchers move beyond and across traditional academic boundaries, collaborating across disciplines and globally with other universities, policymakers, economists, and business leaders to create solutions for a better world. Our goal is to transcend academic disciplines and bring all of OU’s institutional strengths together to tackle global challenges and accelerate the delivery of practical solutions that impact society in direct and tangible ways.