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

OFRN Round 4 Funding Information Session @ Columbus Airport Marriott
Jun 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) is preparing for its next round of funding.

There will be an OFRN Round 4 funding information session in Columbus, OH on June 27, 2019.

The Ohio Federal Research Network Round 4 Funding Information Session will give an overview of the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), OFRN’s Sustaining Ohio’s Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation in the Next Generation (SOARING) initiative, and the soon to be released OFRN Round 4 RFP.

Who Should Attend? Anyone interested in learning about the OFRN and the Round 4 RFP should attend this informational briefing.

Additional event details to come….

Registration is free. Space is limited so register early!

Want to receive OFRN Round 4 funding updates? Sign up to receive OFRN updates.

The Wright Dialogue with Industry @ Dayton Convention Center
Jul 16 – Jul 18 all-day

The WDI event offers three (3) days of in-depth and comprehensive presentations, panels, and one-on-one sessions related to the Air Force and technology focus areas and aerospace research and development. Portfolios for each of AFRL’s Technical Directorates and supporting organizations will be presented by the Tech Directors and SMEs.

To qualify to attend the conference, you must be a U.S. Citizen.
All non-government attendees (including contractors) are required to have a government
Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) certified DD form 2345

Early Bird Rate Until June 15

Additional information available at event website

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

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.