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  • 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
  • AFRL researcher brings science, history to chucking pumpkins

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- What do ancient Greek artillery, materials engineering and pumpkin chucking have in common? How about a senior Air Force Research Laboratory materials engineer who is inspiring future scientists—and having fun in the process. David Mollenhauer is a Senior Materials Engineer in the AFRL Materials and
  • Disrupting the research process: changing materials science with robotics, AI and autonomy

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --ARES may not look like Johnny Five, the famous robot from the 1986 movie scene, but this robot’s ability to integrate robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science is altering materials research in a big way at Air Force Research Laboratory.The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s
  • ‘Speed mentoring’ matches mentors, protégés

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Nervous laughter and quiet conversation ensued as participants entered a room set with cloth-covered tables, bowls of mints and punch. Light music played in the background, setting the scene for what looked to be another round of speed dating in the Dayton area.But on this particular afternoon, the 23
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