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  • AFOSR Awards Grants to 15 Universities for Design Challenge Program

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced that it will award $300,000 in grants to 15 Universities to participate in the Air Force Research Laboratory's University Design Challenge (UDC).The UDC program will run for 3 years, and in each academic year will pose a new challenge to a small team of senior engineering students formed at each
  • A Brief History of the Military Photomedicine Program

    The Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was responsible for a scientific or rational approach to medicine. Like all great thinkers, he was ahead of his time, categorizing illnesses and introducing medical terminology still in use today. Due to his efforts, the practice of medicine took a great leap towards its modern
  • Award-Winning Metamaterials Research to Shape Future Air Force Systems

    Air Force-funded scientist, Dr. Andrea Alù, has achieved exciting, award-winning results in the advancement of a new class of synthetic materials with military applications ranging from energy harvesting to camouflaging and improved sensing. Alù, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of
  • AFOSR MURI Research in Microscale Heat Transfer Promises to Benefit Military Systems

    A two-year-old Air Force Office of Scientific Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative effort involving the University of Michigan, Stanford University, Brown University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz is making great strides in achieving a fundamental understanding of heat transfer at interfaces."We aim to
  • New Measurement Into Biological Polymer Networks

    The development of a new measurement technology under a research project funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation is probing the structure of composite and biological materials."Our results have provided some of the first microscopic insights into a sixty year old puzzle about the way polymeric
  • Nanofabrication Tools May Make Silicon Optical Chips More Accessible

    In an effort to make it easier to build inexpensive, next-generation silicon-based electro-optical chips, which allow computers to move information with light and electricity, a University of Washington photonics professor, Dr. Michael Hochberg and his research team are developing design tools and using commercial nanofabrication tools.Silicon
  • Air Force-Funded Researcher Investigates New Material Grown From Sugar

    Ordinary table sugar could be a key ingredient to developing much lighter, faster, cheaper, denser and more robust computer electronics for use on U.S. military aircraft.Though admittedly far in the future, recent results from a program led by chemist and Rice University professor, Dr. James Tour demonstrate yet another example of the cutting-edge
  • Nanosat-6 Flight Competition Review Winners Announced and Nanosat-7 Competition Begins

    The Nanosatellite-6 Program Flight Competition Review sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics was held at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently where a panel of judges from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Test Program, Air Force Institute of Technology and industry selected the following
  • AFOSR-supported scientist leads heat-resistant ceramic coatings research

    AFOSR-supported research at the University of Arizona is investigating high temperature resistant ceramic coatings that will provide thermal protection for Air Force hypersonic flight vehicles.The research team led by Dr. Erica Corral of the University of Arizona is using advanced chemical synthesis and ceramic processing methods to process the
  • Air Force Flight Control Improvements May Result from Flying Insect Research at Caltech

    Flying insects' altitude control mechanisms are the focus of research being conducted in a Caltech laboratory under an Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant that may lead to technology that controls altitude in a variety of aircraft for the Air Force."This work investigates sensory-motor feedback mechanisms in the insect brain that could
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