GI TechBite | Volume 2 | Issue 3 | December 30, 2016
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AFRL Inspire

AFRL scientists and engineers share inspiring achievements at second annual event

AFRl/RI's Dr. Charles Kamhoua highlighted

AFRL Inspire

Nearly 500 research scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory gathered at the Dayton Art Institute Oct. 26, 2016 for the second annual AFRL Inspire event.

Inspire is a series of talks that seek to energize current and future Air Force scientists and engineers. The event consisted of talks by AFRL researchers who have made important discoveries, solved complex technical challenges, developed new Air Force capabilities, and directly impacted the safety and mission success of the warfighter.

A line up of six speakers from across AFRL delivered 12-17 minute talks about various research achievements with each featuring AFRL scientists and engineers tackling challenges for the benefit of Airmen and society.

The AFRL Inspire event series is the idea of Dan Berrigan, AFRL Materials Research Engineer, and Kerianne Gross, AFRL Research Aerospace Engineer.

“Ultimately we found ourselves inspired by organizations like TED and TEDx Dayton, who have found a way to make complex topics accessible to a broad audience,” said Berrigan.

Gross described AFRL Inspire as a unique opportunity for AFRL scientists and engineers to highlight their research and engage the current and future AFRL workforce.

“AFRL Inspire talks are designed to pull people out of their daily grind to be reminded of the impact of our work,” said Gross. “When the AFRL Inspire speakers tell their stories, they tell our story as a lab.”

“This is one of those times when you truly get to just sit back and be really be proud of what goes on here,” said Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr., commander of AFRL, in addressing those in the audience during his opening remarks. [keep reading]
Cyber Security Game | Charles Kamhoua | AFRL Inspire 2016
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, in Rome, NY, 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.
View all the videos from AFRL Inspire now on Team AFRL's YouTube channel.
FLC Video Sparks “What Is Technology Transfer?” Conversation

FLC Video Sparks “What Is Technology Transfer?” Conversation
Believe it or not, most people have never heard of technology transfer (T2) and don’t realize that they can leverage federal laboratory resources for their research and development and commercialization needs. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve at least heard of T2 or work in a T2 office at a federal lab. But the FLC wants to change the discourse about lab-to-market initiatives from being primarily a public-sector topic.

The FLC's goal is to turn tech transfer into a household name by educating members of industry, small businesses, startups, incubators, and anyone else eager to change the way federal resources are utilized about the significant impact T2 has on our nation’s economic advancement. [keep reading]
NUAIR Alliance 2016
NUAIR Alliance
The NUAIR Alliance is a New York based not-for-profit coalition of more than 100 private and public entities and academic institutions working together to operate and oversee Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test ranges in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan. Headquartered at Griffiss International Airport, in Rome, New York. NUAIR manages one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States leading research and deployment technologies that establish the case for safe UAS operations in the nation’s commercial airspace.
Innovation Discovery Event

Innovation Discovery Event
Sign up for the next Innovation Discovery Event, planned for Spring 2017, and start your journey towards a patent and future commercialization opportunities for your innovative ideas!
Contact Dan Fayette at Griffiss Institute today and get started!
2017 FLC National Meeting

FLC National Meeting
FLC National Meeting
April 25-27, 2017
San Antonio, TX

From April 25 – 27, 2017, the FLC and the technology transfer (T2) community are heading to downtown San Antonio, Texas, for the FLC national meeting! Each year, this national meeting offers attendees the opportunity to expand their T2 knowledge, showcase their award-winning technologies, network with industry, and strategize new ways to streamline the T2 process.
This year’s meeting theme centers on our nation’s continued focus to move federal research and development out of the lab and into the marketplace by strengthening relationships with the private sector and embracing newly discovered technologies.

The FLC is excited to find innovative ways to bolster federal laboratories’ connections with industry and open up new avenues for technology R&D collaboration.

Join FLC in San Antonio as they kick up the dust on current T2 practices and wrangle disruptive technologies for market impact at the 2017 FLC national meeting!

New this year: Additional T2 Training Courses Now Offered at the 2017 FLC National Meeting
  T2 Courses

Click here for more info and to register

20th New York State Cyber Security Conference

12th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance

June 7 - 8, 2017

Empire State Plaza - Albany, NY

20 Years of Evolution

Click here for more info and to register
GI News

GI Now Accepting Applications for Summer Internship Program

Deadline Tuesday, January 31, 2017!
    AFRL & GI Internship Program

The 2017 application cycle has begun for Griffiss Institute’s Summer Internship Program at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate. This is a paid summer internship opportunity for students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university at the freshman level through PhD level, to work on-site with AFRL/RI researchers on a wide variety of research projects.

Apply NowThe majority of the students selected will be majoring in technical fields such as Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. There may also be a few positions available in accounting and finance, as well as multimedia, such as graphic communications, and marketing. [keep reading]

GI Joins Nationwide Global Effort on January 28, as Data Privacy Day Champion

     Data Privacy Day Champion
This coming January, Griffiss Institute has committed to Data Privacy Day - an international effort held every year on January 28, 2017, to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust – by signing on as a Champion. As a Data Privacy Day Champion, Griffiss Institute recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information. To become a Privacy Aware Champion, or to learn more about Data Privacy Day, click here.

GI and NYSTEC Partnership Pays Off

The collaboration between Griffiss Institute and NYSTEC is paying off dividends not planned for years ago. With the creation of the Griffiss Institute-run AFRL Commercialization Academy, and NYSTEC’s IgniteU NY, a new partnership NYSTEChas been created that encompasses the sharing of Air Force Research Laboratory technology, and a network of entrepreneurs to create business startups in the central New York region. Griffiss Institute is able to bring AFRL technology to the table as well as thIGNITU NYeir commercialization expertise via Wasabi Ventures, a commercialization accelerator. NYSTEC offers the path to NY State technical needs, as well as the capabilities offered by the core of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, a makerspace, a community of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and professionals sharing equipment & expertise. This teaming brings immeasurable benefits to the Air Force and the commercialization program.  

GI Supports New STEM Programs

Griffiss Institute, along with the AFRL STEM Outreach Program, supported two new STEM programs that took place at Mohawk Valley Community College this past year, the GenCyber Camp and the CNY Hackathon.

GenCyberThe GenCyber Summer Camp, took place in August for the first time, and was offered to students, in grades 9-12, who wanted to explore the field of cybersecurity, as well as to teachers who were interested in broadening their knowledge in the field of cybersecurity and wanted to work side-by-side with students as they completed cybersecurity exercises. Over the course of the week, students assembled a basic computer that they took home to continue the learning process, and teachers assembled a basic cybersecurity workstation that they later brought back to their classrooms, to do the same.

GenCyber Summer Camp was such a success, that it was honored this past November with Continuing Education Association of New York's (CEANY) 2016 James C. Hall Jr. Award for Exemplary Non Credit Program Development. 

CNY HackathonThe CNY Hackathon is a regional intercollegiate offensive/defensive cybersecurity competition held at the end of each Fall and Spring semester designed to improve the state of cybersecurity education and more closely align academia with Central New York industry partners. Students participate in challenges that task each team with penetrating a target to take control or defending their systems from attackers in order to maintain control. The two day event kicksoff with a series of cybersecurity related presentations conducted by industry professionals, and ends with the competition portion of the event.

Two Startups Win Big at AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day; $40,000 Awarded

    Demo Day Fall 2016
The AFRL Information Directorate’s (AFRL/RI) Commercialization Academy administered by the Griffiss Institute held its fall demo day on October 26, 2016, at the thINCubator in downtown Utica, New York. Investors, entrepreneurs, and tech transfer enthusiasts came to watch seven innovative, tech startups incubated by Wasabi Ventures, and who had completed the Fall 2016 AFRL Commercialization Academy. Each startup took the stage to pitch to judges, and an audience of 100+, on how they have been disrupting the market with Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate technologies as a pivotal part of their business model.

$40,000 was up for grabs as teams took the stage for four minutes each, pitching audience members and a panel of judges, to see which startup company and AFRL/RI technology-based products and services were most deserving of the money. MakeIt 3D walked away with the judges’ vote and $20,000, while Sensible Spreader Technologies, won the audience vote and $20,000.

“I am proud that the Air Force Research Lab’s Information Directorate is playing such a critical role in supporting small business and our local economy” said Mr. Daniel S. Goddard, Director of AFRL/RI in Rome NY, as he kicked off the event. [keep reading]

GI Holds Commercialization Academy Program Overview & Funder Thank You

On Tuesday, December 20, the Griffiss Institute expressed their appreciation to the community for their support of the AFRL Commercialization Academy at a Program Overview and Funder Appreciation Event.

Community Funders recognized at the ceremony were: New York Business Development Corporation, NBT Bank, Bank of Utica, Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Oneida County, Oneida County Industrial Development Agency, National Grid, IgniteU NY and NYSTEC.

Through the generous support of these organization, the Commercialization Academy has successfully realized the development of 20+ tech startups in the past three years. [keep reading]

Entrepreneurial Internship Program for High School and College Students Produces Success in its First Session

ROPESIn collaboration with the Griffiss Institute, Wasabi Ventures and Wasabi Ventures Academy held their first summer internship program, ROPES (Rome Opportunity Program for Entrepreneur Students). This program was held from July 5th through August 27th, 2016.

The inaugural cohort of ROPES contained ten participants, divided between high school and college students. Over the course of eight weeks the students delved into the business development process. The students studied numerous startups, learning the key components to develop a successful company. The students also engaged in experiential learning by developing the foundation for potential startups using technology developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate (Rome Labs). Each student reviewed real world pain points and transformed his chosen topic into an idea deck.

Of these ten students, two continued into the AFRL Commercialization Academy, a Griffiss Institute program sponsored by Rome Labs to create startups in the local area.  At this point, the students incorporated the AFRL’s technology in developing their concepts from idea decks to true startups. [keep reading]

2016 STEM Summer Camp Video & Photos
2016 STEM Summer Camp Highlight Reel
The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate’s STEM Outreach Program, in partnership with the Griffiss Institute, offer STEM Summer Camp programs to local students, grades 5-12, every summer in Rome, New York.

STEM Summer Camp programs provide opportunities for students to further their education beyond the classroom. Students learn real skills that can be directly applied in the future, to STEM careers and education. 

The 2016 STEM Summer Camp programs were: Arduino Camp, Small UAS (Drone) Camp, Cyber Camp 2.0, LEGO® Robotics Camp, Engineering Camp, and for the first time, a Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired STEM Camp was offered.

The goal of the AFRL STEM Outreach Program is to foster a new generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists who will one day discover and problem solve in the nation’s defense laboratories and other supporting U.S. companies. In order to achieve this goal there must be a concerted effort to connect business, government foundations, institutions of higher education, professional organizations, schools, teachers and students. For additional information please visit the STEM initiatives page at

STEM Summer Camp Pictures

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