Air Force Research Laboratory to host tech expo, speakers event at convention center

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 1:26 PM

FILE: The Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based here. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
FILE: The Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based here. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Air Force Research Laboratory will highlight research advancements and the achievements of scientists and engineers at an event today in downtown Dayton.

AFRL will showcase advancements in 16 different research areas as part of a technology expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton Convention Center. The research topics on display will include a new rocket system, sensor technology, an engine with artificial intelligence and a new cargo ramp for C-130 aircraft that could save the Department of Defense over $2 million a year in fuel costs, among other things, according to a release from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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The expo will include displays highlighted during the Department of Defense’s Lab Day in April at the Pentagon, according to the release.

AFRL is based at Wright-Patt, the largest single-site employer in Ohio with about 29,300 civilian employees and military personnel with an estimated economic impact of more than $15.54 billion.

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After the expo, nearly 500 Air Force researchers and engineers will share stories of achievements during the third AFRL Inspire event at the convention center.

Inspire, which will start at 1 p.m., is a “celebration of the people and contributions that make AFRL an outstanding research organization,” according to a press release. It will highlight the “innovative ideas” and “passionate people” that AFRL has to offer.

“Each speaker brings a different slice of AFRL that highlights the lab’s willingness to dream big and tackle heroic challenges for Airmen,” according to the release.

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Seven AFRL leaders will speak during the Inspire event, including:

• Dan Miracle, senior scientist in AFRL’s materials and manufacturing directorate.

• Amber Anderson, an engineer and program manager in AFRL’s directed energy directorate.

• Ivett Leyva, program officer for high-speed aerodynamics at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

• Justin Davis, 2nd Lieutenant and program manager for AFRL’s information directorate.

• Peter Mozloom, senior computer scientist and team lead in AFRL’s information directorate.

• Sarah Woody, Captain and deputy course director for the critical care air transport course at the School of Aerospace Medicine.

• Brennan Taylor, program manager in AFRL’s direct energy directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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