AFRL Regional Network – Midwest Newsletter April 2024

AFRL Regional Network – Midwest Newsletter April 2024

Published On: April 15, 2024Categories: NewslettersTags: ,
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2024 Annual Meeting

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AFRL Regional Network – Midwest Annual Meeting

The AFRL Regional Network – Midwest will host their annual meeting April 18-19, 2024. The agenda includes:

Thursday, April 18

  • Networking luncheon
  • Welcome remarks: Karen Plaut, Executive Vice President for Research, Purdue University and Principal Investigator, AFRL Regional Network – Midwest
  • AFRL keynote address: Rich Vaia, Chief Scientist, AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
  • Mission impact address and Q&A
  • 2023-2024 program review
  • 2024 Funding Call #1 awardee announcement
  • Past awardee presentations
  • Breakout sessions
  • Networking reception at Baked By Brittaney

Friday, April 19

  • Networking breakfast
  • Keynote address: “Innovator Behaviors” and “The Pattern of Innovation for Complex Challenges” by Joseph V. Sinfield, Director, Institute for Innovation Science, Purdue University
  • Breakout & strategy sessions
  • Wrap-up
More information and full agenda

IEEE-USA IWRC in South Dakota

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IEEE-USA IWRC and the AFRL Regional Network – Midwest are bringing the CHIPS Act to South Dakota!

The 2024 IEEE-USA Innovation, Workforce, and Research Conference (IWRC) will be held June 10-11, 2024 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD. The event consists of an evening reception followed by a day-long workshop, bringing together stakeholders from academia, government, and industry to bridge the gap between research and commercially viable products. Experts from the region and across the country will discuss research grants, technology transfer programs, start-up funding, intellectual property, and a host of other topics related to inspiring and empowering true innovation in the Dakotas and the Midwest.

More information and registration

“Ask Us Anything” Session

Internship Awareness Month

April is Internship Awareness Month. We deeply value the fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and hard work that interns bring to the defense space. Therefore, we’d like to highlight our two interns who help to keep our network running smoothly.

Internships across the Defense Ecosystem

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We have put together a web page dedicated to showcasing workforce development opportunities within the AFRL and the broader defense ecosystem. Students and young professionals will find a variety of links that lead them to internships and collaborative projects across the world of defense research and technology.

Explore a diverse range of opportunities, from engineering and science to cybersecurity and logistics. Our goal is to connect talented individuals with the leading programs offered by the AFRL and other defense agencies, fostering a collaborative environment where innovation and skill development flourish.

If you would like to share in advertising the internships and other workforce development opportunities that exist in your organization, please reach out to Cody Clem.

Learn more about defense internships

Partner Spotlight

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Copper Mountain Technologies (CMT) pioneered metrology-grade USB vector network analyzers (VNAs) in 2011 and continues to drive industry change through customer-focused solutions, including a broad range of VNAs, frequency extenders, calibration kits, accessories, and integrated solutions.

CMT’s product line includes over 30 instruments and VNA solutions in configurations up to 16-ports, measuring in frequency ranges up to 330 GHz, with options for direct receiver access, frequency extension, and software compatibility for Windows and Linux OS. Software features such as Time Domain with Gating, Advanced TRL Calibration, and Scalar and Vector Mixer Measurements are available at no extra charge. CMT network analyzers are ideal for classified applications because they have completely volatile memory and are already in use at NASA, Raytheon, CERN, and other defense/security organizations.

CMT offers the best customer value through an unparalleled combination of price, performance, and portability, which has expanded VNA use to new industries and applications. Our expert engineers work as an extension of your team, helping users complete unique and complex projects. CMT is ISO 9001:2015 certified with a calibration laboratory that is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) and satisfies ANSI/NCSL Z540-1994-1. Support for third party calibration is also available.

Learn more about Copper Mountain Technologies

Collaboration Opportunity

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Space Products and Innovation Inc. (SPiN), a satellite technology company based in Albuquerque, NM, seeks to connect with universities and aerospace companies across the Midwest. SPiN offers modularity solutions for satellite manufacturers through the Multipurpose Adapter Generic Interface Connector (MA61C), a universal adapter that joins incompatible satellite components. The MA61C are combination hardware/software adapters and, therefore, not only connect physical components but also allow them to “communicate” with each other by routing data between their interfaces.

SPiN is looking to introduce its technology to universities with CubeSat programs so these projects can be completed more quickly, and students can learn to build satellites with these technologies. SPiN is also interested in collaborating with PIs who conduct research in space manufacturing.

If you’re interested in connecting or bringing this technology to your university program, contact Tal Azoulay, SPiN’s Vice President of Business Development.

Learn more about SPiN

Purdue Energetics Research Center – Energetics Talent Showcase

PERC-ETS is a conference to connect talented, clearable students and postdocs to the defense community. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work to an audience of professionals from across government and industry. The event is open to all ITAR-eligible persons. ITAR-eligible postdocs and BS, MS, and PhD students with energetics research experience are invited to present. While students at any point in their career can participate, priority will be given to those who are within 1.5 years of graduating.

Prior to the conference, government and industry professionals will be provided with a program that includes each student’s resume and a project abstract. These booklets will facilitate connections between potential employers and students of interest.

More information and registration

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 17-19, 2024: AFRL Regional Network – Midwest Annual Meeting.
  • Apr. 22-26, 2024: Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibition. Seattle, WA.
  • May 7-9, 2024: Hypersonics Innovation Summit. Dayton, OH.
  • May 28-30, 2024Purdue Energetics Research Center – Energetics Talent Showcase (PERC-ETS). West Lafayette, IN.
  • June 10-11, 2024IEEE-USA Innovation, Workforce, and Research Conference. Sioux Falls, SD
  • Sept. 16-18, 2024: Air, Space, Cyber Symposium. National Harbor, MD.
  • Dec. 2-5, 2024: Defense Manufacturing Conference. Austin, TX.
  • Dec. 2024: North American Space Summit. Detroit, MI.

If you will be attending any of these events and would like an opportunity to meet, please email us at We’d be happy to schedule dedicated time to meet with you!

Click here for more upcoming event information.

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AFRL Regional Network YouTube Channel!

Have you checked out the AFRL Regional Network – Midwest YouTube Channel? On this platform, partners have access to a variety of video content that includes:

  • Funded project video reports
  • Network promo videos
  • Informative and instructional videos

Stay tuned to all of our social media channels as new content will be added frequently!

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