AFRL Inspire – 2016

AFRL Inspire is a celebration of the people and technologies that impact our Airmen and society through a series of short, engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining talks. AFRL Inspire 2016, held October 26 in Dayton, Ohio, centered around being a hero and how everyone, even in some small way, can make a difference. Be inspired!

An Introduction to AFRL Inspire 2016 – Being a Hero, Making a Difference

How to Cook an Aircraft | Wendy Goodson

When a passenger flies across the world infected with a deadly virus, how do you decontaminate the aircraft to ensure no one else catches it on the next flight? Transporting dangerous biological contaminants across the world on aircraft are a real threat to Air Force aircraft and ultimately to our Airmen’s health and ability to carry out successful missions. Dr. Wendy Goodson, biological scientist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, discusses her team’s breakthrough – the Joint Biological Agent Decontamination System (JBADS) – which effectively “cooks” an aircraft, wiping out dangerous contaminants, including Zika, Ebola, and Anthrax.

Cyber Security Game | Charles Kamhoua

The impact of cyber attacks to our national security cannot be underestimated. Dr. Charles Kamhoua, computer scientist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, describes his work using mathematical game theory to keep identity and information thieves from sensitive information systems. His solution is getting results, as well as worldwide attention.

For All the Marbles | Chris Erickson

Scientists and engineers often struggle with communicating their work and discoveries with others. Dr. Chris Erickson, Air Force Research Laboratory speech writer, discusses the importance of sharing information clearly and concisely and in ways that pique the interest of an intended audience. According to Erickson, it’s all about sharing the right marbles.

The Psychology of a Hero | Wayne Chappelle

What does it take to be a hero? Can anyone be a hero? Dr. Wayne Chappelle, psychologist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Human Effectiveness Directorate, researched what psychological traits allowed Air Force special operations battlefield Airmen to succeed through training and in operations. He also discovered that many of the same traits that make a person a hero can also make them a great scientist or engineer.