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

Unmanned Systems Academic Summit – 2019 @ Sinclair Community College
Sep 17 @ 7:45 am – 6:00 pm

The fifth annual Unmanned Systems Academic Summit is again being co-hosted by The Ohio State University and the Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center to facilitate an open dialog related to ongoing activities, technologies, and trends in UAS education and research. This year, topics will cover an expanded array of unmanned systems topics, not just those focused on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

Invited experts will provide focused presentations related to their work in unmanned systems research and development, education and training, commercialization, and technology transfer covering air, ground, and water domains.

In addition to the speakers and demonstrations, the Summit format will provide ample time for networking during the provided morning breakfast break, lunch, and afternoon breaks.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in hands-on UAS simulation, indoor flight, wind tunnel, and other demonstrations during the end of the day reception in the Sinclair National UAS Training and Certification Center and UAS Indoor Flying Pavilion.

Keynote Speaker:

Col. (Ret.) Joseph E. Zeis, Jr., Esq. | Aerospace and Defense Advisor | Office of the Governor, State of Ohio

Highlighted Speakers Include

Dr. James Gregory | Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | Director of the Aerospace Research Center | The Ohio State University

Dr. Levent Guvenc | Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | Director of the Automated Driving Laboratory | The Ohio State University

Mr. Travis White | Research Engineer | Great Lakes Research Center | Michigan Technological University

Dr. Blake Stringer | Associate Professor, College of Aeronautics and Engineering | Kent State University

Dr. Dustin Souder | PPRI-CCAT Postdoctoral Autonomous Vehicle Policy Fellow | Perdue University

Dr. Andrew Shepherd | Executive Director and Chief Scientist | National UAS Training and Certification Center | Sinclair College

Mr. Justin Morgan | Chair, Automotive Technology Department | Sinclair College

Ms. Amy Burns | Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology Program Manager | Air Force Research Laboratory

OFRN Round 4 SOARING 2.0 RFP release @ OFRN website and via email
Sep 18 @ 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 18, 2019.

Sign Up to be added to the OFRN distribution list to receive announcements and updates.


Aerospace Perspectives: Past, Present, and the Future @ Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 30th anniversary of Ohio Aerospace Institute by joining us for thoughtful perspectives on the past, present, and future of commercial and defense aviation and cybersecurity. This full day program offers:

• Connections to aerospace opportunities

• Networking with industry leaders including retired NASA astronauts, legal and cyber security experts

• Best practices and compliance requirements for government contracts, as well as control requirements for aerospace; including industry, academia, and research organizations

• Information on how your company can fill the growing maintenance, repair and overhaul need in the aerospace industry

TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE Opportunities are available for companies to set up tables showcasing their technologies and products. This will be open to member companies first. If you are interested please contact

COST Members $50 Non-members $95 *Includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, networking reception and presentation materials*

LOCATION Ohio Aerospace Institute 22800 Cedar Point Rd. Brookpark, OH 44142

SPEAKERS & PANELISTS Greg Harbaugh and Michael Foreman Retired NASA AstronautsDr. John M. Sankovic CEO of Ohio Aerospace Institute, Kerry T. Scarlott BakerHostetler, Barron Avery BakerHostetler, Randall Cook Ankura, Michael Garson Ankura

ABOUT OAI The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) is a joint initiative of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the State of Ohio, ten public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in aerospace-related engineering disciplines, and numerous companies engaged in aerospace activities. OAI has offices in Cleveland and Dayton.

To request a meeting with exhibitors or other attendees, contact

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.