Archives for March 17, 2016

Dimitri Feys

nice article in the S&T news about the research of Dimitri Feys assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering

S&T undergraduates to exhibit research to state legislators

S&T news notes our students sowing off their research accomplishments

Commitment to climate

article in S&T news points to campus climate commitment


Integrated Protective Headborne Equipment and Injury Diagnostic/Assessment Tools


Head borne protection for the individual combatant involves protection of the head (to include the eyes, neck and throat) against fragmentation munitions, handgun projectiles, blunt trauma impact, and behind armor effects including injuries caused by kinetic energy and blast waves. New materials, designs including modeling and simulation design tools, survivability models, treatments and diagnosis technologies are required to meet this broad range of threats while also providing in-depth consideration to the appropriate ergonomics, comfort, hearing, mission requirements, thermal/vapor management and other cognitive functions necessary for the combatant to fully execute their operational duties without extensive physical or mental impairments.

New diagnostic and assessment tools/methods that medically evaluate the combatant are needed in order to more fully characterize specific warrior populations at risk and requiring further clinical intervention. In order to support this requirement new diagnostic and assessment methods and tools for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are required. In addition, research data needs to be collected in a systematic manner for the various services, compiled and analyzed in order to develop a baseline for a requirements document. The injury data is a key element in developing treatment and diagnosis tools and new protection/survivability models so that troops maybe better protected in future engagements and injuries treated at the front lines.

A comparison of current capabilities versus future battlefield requirements dictates interest in the following major areas of scientific knowledge and technological capabilities. Technology is needed for
– new and improved polymers for fiber reinforced plastics and resins which can provide increased ballistic protection and lighter weight;
– new fibers and materials for energy absorption and moisture vapor permeability/cooling management;
– transparent materials for enhanced eye protection without reductions in visibility;
– improved lightweight integrated communications devices;
– engineering designs which incorporate enhancements to combat helmets including area of coverage, field of view, modular attachment points, speech recognition, and compatibility with existing equipment and improved hearing capabilities;
– modeling and simulation tools for material/armor system designs; and
– modeling and simulation survivability design tools including bio-mechanics and injury prevention/diagnosis models.

Air Force: Damage Mechanisms Research


The Damage Mechanisms Branch is interested in all aspects conventional munitions warhead technology as it relates to the destruction, damage, defeat, or denial of function. Technologies and concepts are sought for arobust and affordable capability of air-launched munitions in the areas of hard and deeply buried targets, fixed ground targets, mobile ground vehicles, air dominance, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear/explosive (CBRNE) neutralization or access denial, and cybernet neutralization. Additionally, there is interest in specialized diagnostics, techniques, and experimental methods for the development and validation of these capabilities. Technical interests within the Hard Target Effects technical competency are in penetration mechanics, materials for surviving high speed penetration of geologic and cementitious materials, abrasion resistance, terradynamic stability, innovative case structures and composites, and production methods. Fundamental science studies in high rate particulate flow and meso-scale modeling is an area of emphasis. The Damage Effects technical competency has interests in miniature and micro warheads, multifunctional energetic materials and damage mechanisms, directional control and focused effects, selectable effects, and collateral damage control. Approaches in all of these areas are not to be limited to traditional nor classical blast-fragmentation effects. Novel concepts of target defeat are encouraged to augment or replace the more traditional kinetic energy methods.

Air Force: Center of Excellence – Astrodynamics


AFOSR is seeking unclassified proposals that do not contain proprietary information for a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Astrodynamics. This center is a joint project between the AFRL’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Space Vehicles Directorate. The CoE will extend the research capabilities of AFRL and provide opportunities for a new generation of US scientists and engineers to address Air Force basic research needs.

Air Force: Window on Science (WOS) Program


The Window on Science (WOS) program facilitates technical interactions on fundamental research via direct contact between distinguished foreign researchers and Air Force Research Laboratory scientists and engineers. The WOS program sponsors foreign scientists and engineers to visit Air Force scientists and engineers at USAF sites typically within the U.S., but may also include other domestic or overseas locations. Although WOS visits are designed to be short-term in nature, visits to multiple sites are encouraged. In order to present their research to a greater audience, and to further Air Force interests, WOS visitors may also combine visits to Air Force R&D organizations with visits to Army, Navy, other government, university, or industrial facilities.

Navy: ONR Summer Faculty Research Program


This program provides an opportunity for faculty members at U.S. institutions to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and professional peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories. This program is residential and all work must be completed on site at the sponsoring U.S.Navy Laboratory.

This research program is intended to:
1. Broaden the scope and horizon of faculty member’s research interests and provide a foundation for future research collaborations.
2. Access to equipment and other resources not available at their home institution.
3. Provide an understanding of the Department of the Navy researchinterests and the technological implications thereof, thus enhancing the abilities of Fellows to pursue and obtain funding for research at their home institution.
4. Foster lasting relationships between Fellows and the researchers at theNavy laboratories.

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Navy: 2016 Annual Naval Technology Exercise


ANTX is an annual culminating event that was created for the U.S. Navy to see the future of Navy technology in action today. Warfare centers, universities, and industry partners are invited to showcase their technologies and capabilities during this one week event. The event provides a yearly opportunity to test new unmanned systems and related technologies, while gaining access to the AMSTC including its ranges, facilities, and people. This includes access to the AMSTC’s Autonomous Undersea Vehicles (AUVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), as well as command, control, and communication capabilities. ANTX also provides a lower risk environment where scientists and engineers can evaluate their technological innovations at the research & development level before their technologies become militarized and interfaced at the operational level of the Navy.

This year there are three potential themes for the 2016 ANTX. The theme that will be chosen will be based upon the proposals received, however Navystakeholders have ranked the potential themes in the following order of precedence:
1) Cross Domain Communication and Command & Control (C2)
2) Counter Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (C-UUV)
3) Undersea Constellation

Navy: Young Investigator Program (YIP)


The Office of Naval Research announces its Young Investigator Program to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who have recently received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of institutions of higher education to the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.