Mitre Opens Bedford Tech R&D Lab; Alfred Grasso Comments

Mitre Corp. has launched a new research and development laboratory in Bedford, Mass. to develop military and civilian technologies, the company announced Thursday.

The nonprofit organization invested $51 million into the new three-story, 105,000 square-foot center as part of a larger $100 million initiative to expand the 103-acre campus in Bedford.

Engineers and scientists will use the equipment and workspaces for collaboration and innovation in multiple disciplines, said Mitre CEO Alfred Grasso.

The center was dedicated Wednesday to Robert Everett, Mitre’s first technical director and president between 1969 and 1986.

Community, government and industry leaders toured the center and viewed demonstrations of GPS, robotics, microelectronics, first responders interoperability and the health lab.

Nearly 220 staff members in mechanical and electrical engineering, physics and computer science will work in the new building.

According to the company, the building has a 30,000-square-foot open lab space, a rooftop lab for outdoor research and an 8,000-square-foot service courtyard.

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