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  • Emerging leader named supervisor of the year

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A leader in composite materials research at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was selected as the Supervisor of the Year recently during the directorate’s annual awards banquet.Amber Davis, section chief for the Materials and Processing Section, Composites Branch,
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aerospace Systems Directorate Uses Educational Partnerships to Further STEM Program

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate’s (AFRL/RQ) is using Educational Partnership Agreements as important tools in the Aerospace Propulsion Outreach Program. The program, referred to as APOP, is a directorate science, technology, engineering, and math initiative that funds year-long
  • AFRL agreement with Advanced Optical Technologies, Inc. supports tech transfer

    The AFRL Directed Energy Directorate in New Mexico recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Advanced Optical Technologies, Inc. that allows AOT the use of advanced Air Force instrumentation at AOT's new facility in the Sandia Science & Technology Park. The instrumentation was developed by AOT for DoD contracts here over
  • AFRL researcher honored with Presidential Early Career Award

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- An innovative materials research engineer in the Metals Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, was named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Barack Obama, January 9.Dr. Adam L. Pilchak is one of only
  • JB Charleston test new equipment, saves Air Force millions

    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An operational evaluation of new synthetic tiedowns and winch cables for the C-17 Globemaster III took place here Nov. 28 and 29. Tiedowns are ropes, cords, straps or chains that secure items during airlift operations. Winch cables help adjust the tension on tiedowns, securing the load.These prototypes were designed
  • 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
  • AgilePod ‘reconfiguring’ ISR mission

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The ability to adapt a mission at a moment’s notice is a key tenet of the Air Force drive for flexibility in air power. For warfighters in the intelligence community, a new, Lego-like pod prototype expects to make that flexibility even easier on the field. Air Force Research Laboratory’s AgilePod is a
  • AFRL scientist completes TECH Warrior course

    Air Force Research Laboratory scientist Oscar Martinez became a scientist because he had always been fascinated with figuring out how things work.“Eventually it dawned on me that I didn’t have to limit my curiosities to museums, media or just tinkering around, but that I could actually do this sort of stuff for a living — mind blowing!” he
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