About Us

Mānoa Innovation Center


The Applied Research Lab at the University of Hawaiʻi was established in July 2008 as a Navy sponsored laboratory to provide research, development, test and evaluation, system engineering, and other engineering capabilities essential to the Navy and the Department of Defense.  It is one of 13 University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) within the Department of Defense and the fifth of five centers contracted with the Navy.

The contract with the Navy is a sole-source mechanism that the Navy and other government agencies can use to fund ARL researchers at the University in approved research areas.


Margo Edwards - Interim Executive Director

Margo Edwards

Margo Edwards serves as Interim Executive Director for the ARL. She is also a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Her research focuses on processes that create and modify the seafloor and how they affect the surrounding environment. ;Edwards' recent research includes investigations of the Arctic Basin and the use of high-resolution photographic and acoustic data to assess military munitions that were disposed at sea.

Edwards served as Center Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Center of Excellence for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security (CIMES), where she managed a partnership between the Universities of Hawaiʻi, Alaska, Puerto Rico and private industry to enhance maritime domain awareness, particularly in the Arctic, sub-Arctic and other remote and extreme environments.  CIMES investigators conducted research to understand and model the complex dynamics of ice/water and water/shore interfaces using technologies including satellites, unmanned aerial systems, coastal radars, sustainable power systems, underwater acoustics, ruggedized sensors, unmanned surface vessels and situational awareness tools.

Edwards received her doctoral degree from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in 1992.


Management Staff

Cheryl Sato Ishii - Program Administrator

Cheryl Sato Ishii


Kathy Oshiro - Administrative Specialist

Kathy Oshiro


Latest News

April 1, 2015 - Leadership transition at the Applied Research Laboratory. Read more...

January 30, 2015 - Leadership transition at the Applied Research Laboratory. Read more...

September 12, 2014 - The Office of Naval Research has contracted with the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH) for a $2.5 million energy research project to be conducted by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute... Read more...