A Week in Review: 12/22/13 – 12/28/13

December 26, 2013

Laser scientist receives presidential award
Dr. Greg Pitz from the Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico was honored by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
http://blog.krqe.com/2013/12/26/laser-scientist-receives-presidential-award/

December 28, 2013

Pentagon seeks to build a disappearing battery
The battery, which DARPA calls SPECTRE for Stressed Pillar-Engineered CMOS Technology Readied for Evanescence, is intended to be transformed to a commercial semiconductor maker to turn into a reliable power supply for DARPA customers. Once used, the battery would then self-destruct to avoid falling into the wrong hands.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/nation/2013/12/27/vanishing-silicon-air-battery-darpa/4222327/

December 30, 2013

Improved Technologies for Communications, Imaging & Sensor Systems
A government and industry team led by engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) completed a program to assess, improve, refine, and validate a domestic source of supply for X-Band Gallium Nitride (GaN) Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs).
http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/12/30/improved-technologies-for-communication-imaging-sensor-systems/

A Week in Review: 6/23/13 – 6/29/13

June 24, 2013

New Scheme for Quantum Computing
Tom Wong, a graduate student in physics and David Meyer, professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, have proposed a new algorithm for quantum computing that will speed a particular type of problem. But swifter calculations would come at the cost of greater physical resources devoted to precise timekeeping, their analysis has determined. This work was partially supported by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of the Quantum Entanglement Science and Technology program and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research as part of the Transformational Computing in Aerospace Science and Engineering Initiative.
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/new_scheme_for_quantum_computing

June 25, 2013

Air Force announces universities to receive research equipment awards
The Air Force announced today that 29 university researchers at 26 academic institutions have been selected to receive awards to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The 29 awards will total $12.7 million and are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). These awards are the result of a merit competition for DURIP funding jointly conducted by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The awards announced today will be made by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Awards made by the Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research were announced via www.defense.gov on 3 June 2013.
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123353723

June 25, 2013

Inspiration from the reflective sides of silvery fish
An animal biophotonic structure provides a design pathway for a new class of polarization-insensitive, broadband multilayer mirror.
https://spie.org/x95080.xml?highlight=x2414&ArticleID=x95080

June 27, 2013

Two Wright State professors land coveted Air Force grants
Two professors from Wright State University have been awarded highly-competitive grants from the U.S. Air Force for research equipment.
http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2013/06/27/two-wright-state-professors-receive.html

June 28, 2013

Training intelligent systems to think on their own
The computing devices and software programs that enable the technology on which the modern world relies, says Hector Munoz-Avila, can be likened to adolescents. Thanks to advanced mathematical formulas known as algorithms, these systems, or agents, are now sufficiently intelligent to reason and to make responsible decisions–without adult supervision–in their own environments.
http://www4.lehigh.edu/news/newsarticle.aspx?Channel=%2fChannels%2fNews+2013&WorkflowItemID=10885714-16ce-43f1-bfda-5dc3d239c1b7

A Week in Review: 4/28/13 – 5/4/13

April 30, 2013

UMD Robot Bird Takes Maneuverability to New Height
University of Maryland professors S. K. Gupta and Hugh Bruck and their students have developed and demonstrated a new robotic bird, “Robo Raven”, whose wings flap completely independently of each other, and also can be programmed to perform any desired motion, enabling the bird to perform aerobatic maneuvers. This is the first time a robotic bird with these capabilities has been built and successfully flown.
http://umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/umd-robot-bird-takes-maneuverability-new-height

May 1, 2013

Printable Functional ‘Bionic’ Ear Melds Electronics and Biology
Scientists at Princeton University used off-the-shelf printing tools to create a functional ear that can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capacity. The researchers’ primary purpose was to explore an efficient and versatile means to merge electronics with tissue. The scientists used 3D printing of cells and nanoparticles followed by cell culture to combine a small coil antenna with cartilage, creating what they term a bionic ear. This research was supported by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Grand Challenges Program at Princeton University.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130501193208.htm

May 2, 2013

Robotic insects make first controlled flight
In culmination of a decade’s work, RoboBees achieve vertical takeoff, hovering, and steering
The demonstration of the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot is the culmination of more than a decade’s work, led by researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.
http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpressrelease/110/

May 3, 2013

X-51A Waverider achieves breakthrough in final flight
The final flight of the X-51A Waverider test program has accomplished a breakthrough in the development of flight reaching Mach 5.1 over the Pacific Ocean May 1. The crusier achieved Mach 5.1 traveling 230 nautical miles in just over six minutes, making this test the longest air-breathing hypersonic flight ever.
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123346970

A Week in Review: 3/18/12 to 3/24/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

March 19, 2012

10 Brilliant DARPA Inventions
The On-Line System was the brainchild of PC mouse inventor Douglas Engelbart, who in 1961 proposed to the director of information sciences of the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research to “develop a comprehensive framework for augmenting human intellect”.
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/373546/10-brilliant-darpa-inventions

Wright-Patt serves as support hub for Afghanistan
The Air Force Research Laboratory has responded to pleas from battlefield commanders for improvements that can help combat search and rescue specialists and the joint terminal attack controllers who work with U.S. aircraft to direct strikes on enemy targets. AFRL personnel at Wright-Patterson have helped develop and test lighter, longer-lasting batteries and more sophisticated night-vision technology.
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/wright-patt-serves-as-support-hub-for-afghanistan-1345689.html

March 20, 2012
Air Force Office of Scientific Research hosts nanotechnology pioneer
Dr. Mirkin’s presentation was part of a continuing series of events planned throughout the coming year as part of AFOSR’s 60th anniversary celebration and was scheduled during AFOSR’s annual Spring Review program, taking advantage of an audience from numerous science and technology organizations holding wide-ranging scientific and engineering interests.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/afoo-afo031912.php

March 21, 2012
Optoelectronics industry seeks manufacturing comeback
Several Ohio universities will work with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson to create a facility that will eventually be designated as a “trusted assembly/packaging plant” for photonics.
http://www.embedded.com/electronics-news/4238286/Optoelectronics-industry-seeks-manufacturing-comeback

March 22, 2012
AEDC’s Tunnel 9 is the site of unique program debut
Arnold Engineering Development Center’s White Oak site in Silver Spring, Md., is home to a new and innovative program sponsored by the Test Resource Management Center and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123293926