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Air Force Research Lab working to develop future workforce
Ensuring a steady supply of technical and scientific expertise for American industry and innovation has been a national priority since about 1957 when the Soviet Union launched its first Sputnik. Today, however, with the increasingly rapid pace of high technology, the need to attract young people to the field of advanced technical manufacturing has become even more critical. To meet that need, the Air Force Research Lab recently tasked NextFlex with finding ways to attract students who might not otherwise consider such a career path.
Air Force Research Lab uses Small Business Innovation Research,Title III programs to mitigate supply chain problems
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III programs at Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Research Laboratory have recently resulted in a huge success for two American, family-owned businesses: Minnesota Wire and Conductive Composites. An unanticipated additional benefit of this partnership turned out to be a significant repair for a serious medical supply chain weakness.
Air Force, university scientists share vision for unconventional computing
Conventional computing hardware represents information as ones and zeros, depending on the state of electronic transistors. This creates artificial bottlenecks in the flow of information processing by first requiring that environmental loads be converted into an electronic state and second by routing the information to centralized computers for processing. Researchers from Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Research Lab, along with collaborators from the University of Pennsylvania, University of York and Northwestern University, argue in a recently published Nature perspective paper that new and unconventional ways of representing information in materials could be the key to removing these bottlenecks and redistributing this computing burden.
DOD Official Says U.S. Faces Climate Change Crisis
Climate change affects our national security and the Defense Department needs to compete for the energy technologies that will define the future, a senior climate advisor to the secretary of defense said.
AFRL Materials Characterization Facility pushes state of the art
The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base recently renovated their materials characterization facility to meet the ever-advancing needs of materials research.
2020 SE&TM outstanding performers named
2020 science, engineering and technical management outstanding performers are announced, representing civilians and Airmen from across Air Force Materiel Command.
AFRL testing made Perseverance, the search for life on Mars possible
On February 18, 2021, NASA’s rover Perseverance touched down on the surface of Mars to begin searching for evidence of past life. The success of this touchdown would not have been possible without the work of a team of researchers who operate unique erosion testing equipment in a windowless bunker at Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Research Lab. And this is not the only Dayton connection to this particular Mars mission.
Air Force Research Laboratory engineer receives Vaught Visionary Leadership Award
Diane Buhrmaster, Coatings Technology Team Lead for AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, received the 2020 Brigadier General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award in the Civilian Category. This annual award was created in honor of General Vaught for her outstanding service and dedication to the Air Force and the nation. It is presented to an officer (O-6 and below), enlisted person (E-9 and below) and a civilian (GS-15 and below) to recognize that individual’s visionary leadership, innovative efforts and beneficial effect on the U.S. Air Force.
AFRL approves Cooperative Research and Development Agreement for silicon photonics
The Air Force Research Laboratory recently approved a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between its Nanoelectronic Materials Branch and Iris Light Technologies. The collaboration will be working to develop hybrid silicon lasers. Sometimes called the “holy grail of optoelectronics,” these miniature lasers are part of a broader field of technology known as silicon photonics.
AFRL researchers demonstrate record-breaking RF isolator performance in ultra-compact device
As the USAF continues with the unrelenting pursuit of driving down the size, weight and power of radio frequency (RF) components, the inherent challenges in these types of technologies are compounded. The typical difficulties of making smaller mechanical and physical components, however, are dwarfed by the challenges posed by making the required onboard electronic equipment smaller, lighter, and less power-hungry.
AFRL 'x-ray vision' tool to reduce costs, time for 3-D part qualification
The Air Force research Laboratory, in partnership with the Materials Solutions Network at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) of Cornell University, has developed a tool that can look directly inside of and instantaneously inspect the structure of composite components while they are being manufactured. This new technology uses a combination of phase contrast imaging and micro-beam scanning to produce real-time X-ray scattering images of the component during and post production. The process is expected to save the Air Force millions of dollars in qualification and certification of composite parts used in advanced unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite systems.
AFRL launches collaborative biosensor effort to detect stress, fatigue biomarkers
The Air Force Research Laboratory recently kicked off a $2 million partnership with Case Western Reserve University. The joint project will accelerate biosensor development, with an emphasis on the detection of biomarkers for stress and fatigue.
DOD Partners With Underrepresented Youth on STEM Initiatives
The Defense Department Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute is partnering with the Capital Youth Empowerment Program to launch an advanced manufacturing education and workforce training outreach initiative.
AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate celebrates annual awards recipients
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate recently held their 68th Annual Awards Ceremony to honor its top achievers. Masters of ceremony were Dr. Jonathan Spowart from the Materials Integrity Branch and Mr. Keith Slinker from the Composite Branch.
AFRL Sensors Directorate officer selected for education program
U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Ellis, an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Sensors Directorate executive officer, was selected for the 2021 Developing the Airmen We Need-Education (DAWN-ED) Program.