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Graduate student from the University of Texas El Paso, Cristian Orozco, works in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate over the summer. One of his duties includes working with a vacuum chamber for thin film coatings for optics.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Donna Lindner) That’s a wrap: students complete summertime work in Air Force Lab
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Each summer high school and college students apply for jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with hopes of working in a world-class research laboratory. This year was no exception. Cristian Orozco, graduate student from the University of Texas El Paso is currently wrapping up his work as part of the
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Dr. Christopher Tabor discusses potential applications of liquid metal alloys. A member of the Flexible Materials and Processes team at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Tabor’s team is exploring possible uses of liquid metals for stretchable and reconfigurable electronics for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo / David Dixon) Linking form with function: AFRL’s flex team drives future tech capabilities for the warfighter
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Led by Dr. Benji Maruyama and comprised of a cadre of energetic, innovative, high-performing scientists and engineers, the members of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Flexible Materials and Processing Team take comprehension of soft matter to a new level.“We take a basic understanding of soft, flexible
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Dr. Sheldon ‘Lee’ Semiatin, the Air Force Senior Scientist for Materials Processing and Processing Science, has been named the recipient of the 2018 ASM International Albert Savuer Achievement Award. The prestigious award recognizes him for making significant contributions to materials research and development that have led to the establishment of the discipline of Processing Science, impacting the worldwide research endeavor. (U.S. Air Force photo) AFRL senior scientist to receive prestigious materials science and engineering achievement award
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate will receive the prestigious 2018 ASM International Albert Sauver Achievement Award in fall, 2018.Dr. Sheldon “Lee” Semiatin, the Air Force Senior Scientist for Materials Processing and Processing Science, will
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Dr. Santanu Bag, a project scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, is exploring cost-efficient manufacturing of solar cells using additive technology. AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Inspired by newspaper printing, and taking cues from additive manufacturing technology, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are exploring new ways to make solar cells more cost efficient—increasing application potential in the process. “Sun is abundant, and it’s free,” said Dr. Santanu Bag, a
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Researchers at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, have developed a novel, lightweight artificial hair sensor that mimics those used by natural fliers—like bats and crickets—by using carbon nanotube forests grown inside glass fiber capillaries. The hairs are sensitive to air flow changes during flight, enabling quick analysis and response by agile fliers. (Air Force courtesy photo). Bio-inspired: Crickets, bats inspire AFRL researchers to develop smart ‘hair’ sensors for flight
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Nature has inspired scientific and engineering innovations for hundreds of years. An apple falling from a tree inspired Isaac Newton to define the laws of gravity. The burdock burrs clinging to the skin of his hunting dog lead to Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral’s invention of Velcro. The ability of the
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Dr. Dean Evans, Advanced Development Team Leader, in the Photonics Materials Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, will be formally named a SPIE Fellow in an upcoming ceremony.   (U.S. Air Force photo) AFRL researcher named International Society for Optics and Photonics fellow
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A pronounced research leader from the Air Force Research Laboratory was recently selected as a fellow of The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Dr. Dean Evans, Advanced Development Team Leader of the Photonic Materials Branch, Functional Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing
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Dr. John Wertz, a materials research scientist in the Materials State Awareness Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, demonstrates Digital Thread concept applications to aircraft maintenance activities. Real time aircraft data, checklists and feedback through Digital Thread capabilities can enable better decision making by warfighters on the field, enhancing life cycle sustainment of Air Force platforms.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Marisa Alia-Novobilski) Digital Thread laces decision-making, data for Air Force acquisition
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  As information technology has advanced and improved over the years, modeling and simulation tools, sophisticated analytical capabilities and data analytics have increased in importance throughout a product’s life cycle. For the Air Force, a concept born in the lab is set to change the way weapon systems are
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Dr. Zachary Farrell, a research scientist with UES in the Nanoelectronics Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, examines liquid metal nanoparticles following ultra-sonication. Researchers here are exploring new potential applications for liquid metals by examining their microscopic properties. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Marisa Alia-Novobilski)

Researchers turn to liquid metals for agile electronics
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Self-healing electronics, antennas that can change shape and function with the flick of a switch and clothing woven with conductive threads able to electrically connect devices may seem like science fiction fodder. But, for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, these concepts are much closer to
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Dr. Shekhar Guha, senior scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, will be formally named an OSA Fellow in a ceremony in San Jose, California, May 2017. Guha designs experiments incorporating laser beam propagation through linear and nonlinear media, which are useful for predicting experimental results.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Donna Lindner/released). AFRL researcher named optical society fellow
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A prominent materials research engineer from the Air Force Research Laboratory was confirmed as Fellow of The Optical Society at the organization’s annual meeting in October. Dr. Shekhar Guha, a materials research engineer in the Photonic Materials Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, will
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Dr. Mark Benedict, a senior materials engineer and America Makes Chief Technology Adviser at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate discusses the potential for additive manufacturing of aircraft components in metal. The complex geometry of the rocket nozzle benefits from the use of additive manufacturing due to its complex, specialized design. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Marisa Alia-Novobilski) Embracing opportunity: additive technology for manufacturing
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a materials scientist’s dream, but as some experts say, an engineer’s nightmare. For scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, can be a powerful tool for rapid innovation.Ultimately, it’s a
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