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  • Students complete another successful summer intern program in AFRL

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio  – High school and college students apply for jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base each summer with hopes of working in a world-class research laboratory. Ashley Wissel, an undergraduate student from Purdue University, worked this summer in AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate as a Pathways intern.
  • Air Force scientists study artificial silk for body armor, parachutes

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Who doesn’t like to feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer? Inspired by the qualities of fibers found in nature, scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory and Purdue University are experimenting to develop a functional fiber that can be woven into sizeable, flexible fabrics using existing
  • Record number attend 13th annual Dayton Defense Wright Dialogue with Industry

    DAYTON, Ohio – More than 600 people registered to attend the 13th annual Dayton Defense Wright Dialogue with Industry (WDI) at the Dayton Convention Center July 17-19, making this year’s event between the Air Force Research Laboratory and defense contractors the largest to date.The two-and-a-half-day event, titled “AFRL Science and Technology
  • Students at STARBASE explore STEM at hands-on camp

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Middle school students across the nation are engaging in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in new ways at STARBASE, a Department of Defense youth program that uses experiential, hands-on learning techniques.DOD STARBASE targets middle school students in 62 locations across the United
  • AFRL collaborates with OSU on $3 million congressional microscopy program

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Collaboration – what better way to get the job done? The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and The Ohio State University’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis have a congressionally directed collaborative research agreement in the works. The agreement pushes
  • AFRL facility brings new capabilities for rain erosion testing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Thanks to an impressive set of upgrades and a team of AFRL experts, a new and unique laboratory capability is filling a much-needed role in materials durability testing for the military and beyond.The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Supersonic Rain Erosion Test Facility, or SuRE for short, answers a
  • Joint AFRL-AFIT research project achieves ‘first light’ at John Bryan State Park observatory

    YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – A research project intended to enable more precise imaging of space objects has moved from lab bench testing to field testing at the John Bryan State Park observatory, illuminating night skies with a green laser beam of light.The project is a collaboration between the Electro-Optical Space Situational Awareness Team of the
  • AFRL erosion testing is out of this world

    At the request of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and project partners, AFRL recently concluded a series of tests in the Particle Erosion Test Facility, located in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Coatings, Corrosion, and Erosion Laboratory.
  • Hybrid Air Force aircraft loader demonstration on the horizon

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Anyone that drives an electric hybrid car recognizes the value of energy efficiency. The Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office is looking to apply and demonstrate this value on a critical piece of military ground support equipment. The Halvorsen Loader is a diesel-powered, rapidly
  • Boston ‘bluing’ trip highlights synthetic biology, biotechnology for AFRL team

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  A select group of scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory traveled to the Boston region to see emerging capabilities centered on synthetic biology to better understand the potential of this growing field of science to improve materials for today’s Airmen. “The goals of this trip were
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