The following events should be of particular interest to the OFRN Community.

Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Registrations accepted through July 22, 2019.

hosted by the AFRL Junior Force Council in collaboration with the Wright Brothers Institute.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Science & Technology Symposium has been rescheduled for July 24, 1-5 p.m., at the Top of the Market Banquet Center in Dayton.

This event was originally scheduled to happen May 29, but was postponed after several tornadoes struck the local area on Memorial Day.

AFRL has established a Junior Force Council (JFC) whose charter, in part, is to provide professional development opportunities for those Active Duty and Civilian Air Force personnel who have less than 10 years of experience.  This symposium allows participants to engage with  some of today’s brightest scientists & engineers who are discovering the technologies that will drive the next wave of business growth. Uncover new opportunities to collaborate & accelerate the development of state-of-the-art technologies.

The symposium is free, and open to academia and industry. Featured technology fields include Sensing, Materials and Manufacturing, Aerospace Systems, Medical, and Health and Human Performance.

The event begins with keynote speaker Dr. Teresa Bennett, Chief Learning Officer of AFRL, followed by speakers from other government agencies and researchers. The event wraps up with a one-hour poster session where AFRL junior force will showcase their work and have meet and greets with other attendees who are interested in being mentors.

Join the JFC and researchers from across academia, industry, & government in an interactive presentation and poster session.  Featured technology fields include: – Sensing, Materials & Manufacturing, Aerospace Systems, & Medical, Health, & Human Performance. Uncover new opportunities to collaborate & accelerate the development of state-of-the-art technologies.

Networking & Relationship Building

Broaden your peer network & explore the possibilities for collaboration with other researchers who are working on similar challenges. Find common areas of interest around professional & personal career goals.Register to attend, submit your research for display or consider becoming a mentor for junior force members.

Register to attend, submit your research for display or consider becoming a mentor for junior force members. Registration and more information about the symposium is available at:

2019 AIAA INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS WORKSHOP @ University of Cincinnati
Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day

Organized by AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee
July 29-30, 2019
At University of Cincinnati

Experts from Industry, academia, NASA, AFRL, Army, MITRE, and ONR will discuss on the following important topics related to intelligent and autonomous systems.

  1. Human Machine Interaction,
  2. Security of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems,
  3. Integrating Autonomy into Existing Ecosystems,
  4. Developing an Intelligent Systems Workforce.

Why Attend?

  • Opportunity to meet researchers and program managers from major programs across the nation.
  • Open and intimate conversations with colleagues across a wide spectrum of disciplines on today’s top problems.
  • Lightning Talk Competition and Poster Session for Students. Three cash awards sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation.
  • Students interested in internships, fulltime jobs, and graduate school will be able to network with potential employers.
  • Optional Tour of General Electric Learning Center on July 31st.

Keynote Speakers

  • John Langford, CEO Aurora Flight Sciences (A Boeing Company) and President AIAA.
  • Tim McLain, Director Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University.

Plenary Speakers

  • John-Paul “J-P” Clarke, Vice President of Strategic Technologies at United Technologies Corporation. Session: Human Machine Interaction.
  • J. Sukarno Mertoguno, Program Manager, Cyber Security and Complex Software Systems, Office of Naval Research. Session: Security of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems.
  • Parimal Kopardekar, Director Aeronautics Research Institute and Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System at NASA. Session: Integrating Autonomy into Existing Ecosystems
  • Rich Granger, Managing Director, Workforce Development DriveOhio.  Session: Developing an Intelligent Systems Workforce.

Registration Info

NDIA Hypersonics Capabilities Conference @ Purdue University
Jul 30 – Aug 1 all-day
NDIA, in partnership with Purdue University, will host a comprehensive program on hypersonic systems July 30 – August 1, 2019 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Maximize your organization’s participation at the conference with a tabletop display or sponsorship. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate, space is limited, register today!

About the Program

With keynotes from military, government, and Congressional leaders, and presentations from industry, policy leaders and acquisition executives, this program will emphasize the importance of joint collaboration in technology development and acquisition to create an affordable and sustainable capability in a critical national security priority.

Agenda highlights include:

  • Warfighter Need for Hypersonic Capabilities & National Security Implications
  • Defense Acquisition Approach to Fielding Hypersonics
  • Navy, Air Force and Army Development Programs & Acquisition Approach
  • Hypersonic Technology Readiness

Registration and Security

Register today to join key industry and government stakeholders at this premier conference at Purdue University July 30 – August 1, 2019.
Material covered on Tuesday, July 30 will be held at the unclassified level. Material covered on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1 will be limited to U.S. Citizen only and will be held at the secret level. All attendees, presenters and conference staff must have their VR input into JPAS by Friday, July 12. Visit the event website for more information and to access the security form.

For details and registration information, go to the event website

UAS Midwest 2019 @ Clark State Community College Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see why the FAA authorized Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations to the US Air Force Research Laboratory in the state of Ohio, and how you can fly BVLOS.

This year’s event will reflect the advancements in this fast-paced industry throughout the Midwest, and how Ohio is leading the way in Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations.  As the technology and approvals advance, this regional focus will encourage collaboration and commercial partnerships throughout the Midwest.

See event website for details and registration

OFRN Round 4 SOARING 2.0 RFP release @ OFRN website and via email
Sep 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Ohio Federal Research Network will release the OFRN Round 4 SOARING RFP & Call for White Papers on September 4, 2019.

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The Ohio Defense Forum 2019 @ Westin Great Southern
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day

2019 Theme: Ohio’s Defense Ecosystem
“Connecting Ohio’s Military Installations, Defense Communities and Industries”

With Special Guest Congressman Michael Turner

The DDC, along with many key partners and sponsors, hosts the annual state-wide Ohio Defense Forum. The Forum is for defense installation leadership, community leaders, industry representatives, and elected officials to connect, build awareness, and gain a deeper understanding of the current defense environment, and the role they play in supporting all facets of national defense. Event networking opportunities allow stakeholders to interact and discuss key issues with top level officials.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available 
click here to view packages

The Ohio Defense Forum Attire 
Civilian: Business | Military: Uniform of the Day 

Advance registration is STRONGLY encouraged.
Due to security considerations and space limitations, on-site registrants may not be guaranteed admittance.
All attendees will be asked to show a government-issued photo identification card to enter the event.