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Solving challenges for the U.S. Navy for over 69 years, the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University has demonstrated innovation and practicality in technology-based research. ARL Penn State is a University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) supporting the DoD with advanced and mature technologies applied in innovative ways. Resident within ARL, the Institute for Manufacturing and Sustainment Technologies (iMAST) is a Center of Excellence within U.S. Navy's Manufacturing Technology program. iMAST is chartered to support the Navy and Marine Corps through acquisition cost reduction projects focused on new major Navy platforms and through a Repair Technology program dedicated to reducing life cycle cost in collaboration with the shipyards and depots. iMAST's strength is its breadth of engineering expertise. Partnering with industry for economic development, Penn State is second among U.S. universities in industrial R&D funding, and first in materials research.