AFRL students showcase summer research for Ohio Legislators

AFRL student research Brian Shivers (right) discusses his poster with Mr. Thomas Lockhart, Director of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, during the August 5 summer student poster session and tour.  (AFRL photo by Anise Simpson)

AFRL student researcher Brian Shivers (right) discusses his poster with Mr. Thomas Lockhart, Director of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, during the August 5 summer student poster session and tour. (AFRL photo by Anise Simpson)

AFRL student researcher Ms. Jennifer Colborn describes her research to members of the Dayton Development Coalition during the August 5 summer student poster session and tour at the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.  (AFRL photo by Anise Simpson)

AFRL student researcher Ms. Jennifer Colborn describes her research to members of the Dayton Development Coalition during the August 5 summer student poster session and tour at the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. (AFRL photo by Anise Simpson)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Student researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) participated in a unique opportunity to meet and discuss their work with Ohio Legislators during a special tour and poster session Wednesday, August 5, 2015. 

State legislators, including Senators Bill Beagle and Chris Widener, as well as numerous Ohio House Representatives and members of the Dayton Development Coalition toured AFRL/RX, visiting over 60 students and laboratory personnel to learn about their summer research.  Students were able to meet individually with the representatives and other visitors, providing them a unique opportunity to share their ideas and discuss their AFRL projects.

AFRL researchers from the 711th Human Performance Wing were also on hand to display the Battlefield Air Targeting Man Aided kNowledge (BATMAN) project, wearable tactical technologies to aid the warfighter on the battlefield.   In addition, the two directorates collaboratively showcased the Biomarkers project, an effort to design wearable sensors capable of detecting human stress levels and other physiological changes.

Collectively, the AFRL/RX student displays represented nearly 30,000 hours of work completed over the summer within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.