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  • Open-source software enables scientists to expedite research

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – The Autonomous Research System, an open-source software program developed by Air Force Research Laboratory scientists, is now available online as a free download, thanks to a new licensing agreement. ARES OS, a product 10 years in the making, aims to transform the research process by exploiting
  • AFRL interns showcase their work in annual poster session at Wright-Patterson

    After canceling 2020’s event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s annual student poster session was back on again for 2021. In previous years, as many as 70 student researchers have participated; however, this year’s event was considerably smaller. Because COVID-19 is still with us, this year’s event was a “hybrid” one to ensure safe social distancing, with 27 students distributed over two in-person sessions, and 11 presenting virtually.
  • First Guardians from AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate inducted into Space Force

    Two Air Force Research Laboratory Company Grade Officers were recently inducted into the U.S. Space Force, the nation’s newest branch of the military. On July 23, Capts. Kenneth Ehrenberg and Cristian Hernández-Rivera became Guardians in the Space Force during a swearing-in ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
  • AFRL electro-optics team honored by U.S., UK Defense departments

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – A team of electro-optical scientists and engineers in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Sensors and Materials & Manufacturing directorates and the 711th Human Performance Wing were recently recognized by the U.S. and UK governments with a 2021 U.S. - UK Science & Technology Stocktake Team Achievement
  • Some AFRL Field Grade Officers transfer to U.S. Space Force

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – Eleven Field Grade Officers assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory joined more than 700 Airmen across the nation, ceremonially transferring from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force. All have or will complete separate transfer actions to become official USSF Guardians. As the nation’s
  • AFRL engineer, University of Pennsylvania researcher to discuss autonomous experimentation systems and their ability to ignite the future of materials science

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – An Air Force Research Laboratory research engineer has coauthored a review of autonomous research systems and their role in advancing future developments in materials science. The article, currently available online at https://www.cell.com/matter/fulltext/S2590-2385(21)00306-4 and set to be published
  • AFRL staff gives departing deputy director a special surprise

    On Friday, June 18, as a going-away surprise for departing AFRL Materials and Manufacturing (AFRL/RX) Deputy Director Col. Michael Warner, staff members treated him to an exclusive visit to the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio. At the end of his visit, Warner was able to add yet another stamp to his National Park Passport. Warner “collects” National Parks, in a manner of speaking, having visited 362 of the 411 he has on his bucket list.
  • AFRL Materials Characterization Facility pushes state of the art

    The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has recently renovated their materials characterization facility (MCF) to meet the ever-advancing needs of materials research. By renovating 3,700 square feet of existing laboratory space, the facility has been designed to keep pace with analytical research technology, thereby “future-proofing” it for the next generation of instrumentation, according to program manager Dr. Todd Butler. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 26 officially opened the new facility.
  • Washington State Patrol pilots successfully test special laser eye protection developed at Wright-Patterson Lab

    Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime that can net offenders up to five years in jail or cost them a $250,000 fine. Even with this heavy potential penalty, laser strikes have become increasingly more common. According to the FAA, 6,852 such incidents were reported in 2020, compared with 385 in 2006, and so far this year, incidents of “joy lasing” are up 20 percent over last year. Cheap and easily obtained, hand-held lasers used as pointers and cat toys are certainly harmless when used as intended. But when they are aimed at the cockpit of an aircraft, they can temporarily blind the pilot — with possibly deadly consequences.
  • AFRL Materials scientist receives NextFlex 2021 Fellow Award

    Dr. Jeremy Ward, a scientist at Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Research Laboratory, has received a 2021 Fellow Award from NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute. Ward was one of four recipients.
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