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About UTIC

The Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium promotes the rapid development, prototyping and commercialization of innovative undersea and maritime technology and advances learning in the undersea and maritime sector for commercial, academic, and defense organizations.  Our Consortium-based model welcomes participation by organizations - both traditional and non-traditional - who have technologies that can contribute to undersea and maritime domain applications. 

The undersea and maritime technology domain is uniquely poised to expand and grow its economic impact and related technology jobs. The UTIC is partnered with Raytheon Company, the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Deepwater Wind and many others.  The UTIC community reflects the highly skilled and trained undersea and maritime technology workforce unique to this specialized environment.

As stated by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in September 2014, our region “has become the Silicon Valley of Undersea Warfare. It’s not only that our submarines are built here. It’s that their critical underlying technology, capabilities, and future operational concepts are developed here, as well. The close proximity and strong links between academia at the Naval War College, R&D [research and development] at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and industry at regional businesses both large and small – suppliers, design teams, engineers, and manufacturers – all have created an innovation ecosystem that’s vital to supporting our national defense enterprise. Private-sector expertise helps give our military its technological edge, and helps drive the economic strength that undergirds our national power. And the private-sector industrial base has always been there when we always needed it … and we need it today.”

The undersea and maritime cluster has seen significant technology advances, innovation and increased market presence in critical undersea and maritime technology areas including shipbuilding, defense and security, ocean science and exploration, energy and resources, port security, and robotics. Opportunities for further technology advances and increased market growth are supported by a formal and focused undersea and maritime technology innovation ecosystem and collaborative consortium of academic and industry professionals supporting defense and commercial opportunities.

"As the Brookings report noted, our maritime sector is one of the Rhode Island economy’s true strengths, a competitive advantage, and an industry growth area that we should continue to invest in...The Undersea Technology Innovation Center is an exciting and very promising development for Rhode Island defense industry employers and the prospect of creating high-value, high-wage STEM jobs.”
”Gina M. Raimondo“
Governor of Rhode Island
“I want to ensure Rhode Island remains at the forefront of undersea technology and this new center has the potential to bring top naval suppliers together with academic and government leaders to develop cutting-edge capabilities, concepts, and technologies for our forces. The Undersea Technology Innovation Center can also give Rhode Island companies a platform to collaborate and showcase their work,”
U.S. Senator Jack Reed
Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee
“There could be no better place than the Ocean State to host a national hub for the development of cutting-edge undersea technology. Thanks to SENEDIA and its Rhode Island partners for their commitment to excellence in this area. Your work will keep Rhode Island at the forefront of maritime innovation."
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
"Between our geographic advantage and the tremendous public and private resources we already possess in the national security and defense realms, Rhode Island is perfectly positioned to emerge as a leader in undersea technology and innovation."
Congressman Jim Langevin
Senior member of the House Armed Services Committee
who sits on the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee