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AFIT student receives SECAF Leadership Award
Capt. Peter Mastro, currently an AFIT/ENY graduate student, was selected as the #1 student from all 2007 Squadron Officer School classes. Capt. Mastro was awarded the 2008 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award for this accomplishment.
Updated: 05/28/2008
AFIT Dean Awarded IIE's Highest Honor
Dr. Marlin U. Thomas, Dean of AFIT's Graduate School of Engineering and Mangement, was presented the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award by the Institute of Industrial Engineers at the IIE Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada, in May.
Updated: 05/23/2008
AFIT Supports AF Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Symposium
At the Air Force ESOH Symposium, 1,500 installation-level Air Force military and civilian students attended 22,680 student-hours of instruction in 108 course topics. Of the course topics, 12 were taught by AFIT instructors.
Updated: 05/12/2008
AF CSE Leads Charge for Human-Friendly Systems
The latest issue INCOSE's quarterly publication featured the theme of Human Systems Integration. The Air Force Center for Systems Engineering at AFIT played a significant role in the development of this theme issue of INSIGHT, reaching thousands of systems engineers worldwide.
Updated: 05/12/2008
Architecting the Joint Force
The Department of Defense is seeking methods to operate more efficiently in an era of simultaneous warfighting and recapitalization. One of those methods actually adapts traditional architecture to something called capability architecture.
Updated: 05/12/2008
AFIT Cyber Operations/Warfare Education and Research Programs
One of the cultural changes affecting the Air Force is to determine how to grow a cyberspace workforce to meet highly dynamic challenges. AFIT, through its graduate education and research programs, is providing leadership in developing the cyberspace workforce for the Air Force for today and in the future.
Updated: 05/05/2008
AFIT teams top scorers in Cyber Defense Exercise
The Air Force Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Computer Engineering 528 and 628 classes participated in the Spring 2008 Cyber Defense Exercise. The students went above and beyond expectations as AFIT was the only school to remain uncompromised this year. AFIT's Team 2 took the top score and Team 1 was right behind in second place.
Updated: 05/02/2008
AFIT thesis team named as AETC nominee for 2008 AFIT Systems Engineering Award
The Joint Precision Airdrop System Thesis Team from AFIT has been selected as the AETC Nominee for the 2008 AFIT Systems Engineering Award. Recent graduates Capt. Richard Brown, Maj. Arthur Cartwright, and Capt. Bryon McClain are the authors of nominated thesis, “Evaluation of Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) Aircraft Integration Concepts Utilizing Activity-Based Methodology (ABM).”
Updated: 04/25/2008
AFIT student finalist in ASME paper competition
Amber McClung, a DAGSI PhD student AFIT/ENY, authored a paper that has been selected as a finalist in the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pressure Vessel and Piping student paper competition.
Updated: 04/25/2008
Civil Engineer and Services School – Consultation is our Mission!
AFIT's CESS has assembled one of the most accomplished corps of engineer and services experts DoD-wide, touting expertise in airfield pavements engineering, power systems, contingency design, construction programming, emergency management, hospitality management, military protocol, air quality management, and dozens of other unique bodies of knowledge. As a result, the Air Force exploits this corps of experts in a life-long learning relationship that CESS knows as “the consultation.”
Updated: 04/15/2008
Logistics Education Transformation
For many years, we have been witness to Logistics transformation in the guise of eLog21, from creating Regional Supply Squadrons to the newly established Global Logistics Support Center. AFIT's School of Systems and Logistics has been heavily involved in educating the Logistics Readiness Officer on these transformation initiatives.
Updated: 04/15/2008
An Unexpected Opportunity While TDY
A recent TDY serving as an analyst for an exercise at Ramstein AFB turned into an opportunity to serve on a JTF for a real-world scenario. AFIT professor Lt Col Rob Neher (ENC) and recent AFIT graduates were participating in Austere Challenge 08 when they were asked to extend their stay and support JTF Nomad Fire.
Updated: 04/15/2008
AFIT Graduates Class of March 2008
AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management held its March 2008 graduation ceremony Thursday at the Dayton Masonic Center. The graduating class was awarded 247 master’s degrees and seven doctorates (one student was awarded a dual master’s degree).
Updated: 03/28/2008
AFIT Center Wins 2007 USAF Modeling and Simulation Planning Award
The Center for Directed Energy, an AFIT Center of Specialized Research, was recently presented the 2007 USAF Modeling and Simulation Planning Award. The Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation presents this award annually to USAF teams that have provided outstanding contributions to USAF M&S personnel in support of the warfighter.
Updated: 03/26/2008
AFIT Project Soars into Space
On March 11th, space shuttle Endeavor carried aloft an experiment designed, built, and tested by students at the Air Force Institute of Technology. The RIGEX project, which stands for Rigidizable Inflatable Get–Away–Special Experiment, is designed to test and collect data on inflatable and rigidizable structures in space.
Updated: 03/17/2008
AFIT student nominated for best paper award
Capt. Byron Nicholson presents his paper “Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Informatics Security” at the 2008 Southern Association for Information Systems Conference held at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, on 13-15 March 2008. Dr. Michael R. Grimaila and Dr. Dennis Strouble co-authored the paper which was nominated for a Best Paper Award.
Updated: 03/17/2008
AFIT/LS reduces time line for courseware development process
An AFIT School of Systems and Logistics team of faculty and staff recently completed a multi-year acquisition project. The effort focused on reducing the lengthy cycle time required to get a courseware development effort under contract and begin development.
Updated: 03/10/2008
Stealth Technology at AFIT: Now you see us...
The close ties between the AFIT faculty and the LO user community create a singular learning environment for its graduates that allows them to “hit the ground running” as they move on to their follow-on assignments. AFIT’s 20 year contribution legacy includes more than 100 masters and PhD students actively serving our great nation in all aspects LO technology development and its employment.
Updated: 03/10/2008
On the TecEdge
AFIT’s current research thrust in support of the TecEdge mission is primarily in small target tracking. Specifically, four MS students are working in the areas of context-aided tracking, change detection, feature-aided tracking, hyperspectral-augmented tracking, and track prediction. Combined, these projects address the asymmetrical threats in urban environments through the exploitation of persistent surveillance systems.
Updated: 03/10/2008
AFIT Faculty Member Gets Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity Leading the Air Force Food Service Excellence Team
Maj (sel) Schabron, from AFIT’s Civil Engineering and Services faculty, recently returned from the four week, 27,000 mile TDY that took him through seven different Air Force installations and more than 20 dining facilities, where every process of food service was evaluated.
Updated: 03/10/2008
National Research Council Studies Pre-Program Systems Engineering
Throughout 2007, a National Research Council committee conducted a study on the role systems engineering plays in the early phases of the defense acquisition life cycle. Our own Dr. Dave Jacques, AFIT’s curriculum chair for systems engineering, was invited to brief the committee last year to help them in preparing for their work.
Updated: 02/12/2008
CESS leads reeducation efforts as part of major transformation
Driven by the AFSO 21 initiatives, the AF Civil Engineer community is implementing engineer asset management business process in the management of CE assets. AFIT’s Civil Engineer and Services School is taking the lead in this reshaping for Asset Management by developing the Asset Management Flight Commander’s Course.
Updated: 02/12/2008
AFIT releases GPS System Engineering case study
While awaiting the arrival of the definitive history of the Global Positioning System, students of the premier GNSS program might want to take a look at a systems engineering case study released last month by the Center for Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio.
Updated: 01/17/2008
CESS prepares mechanical engineers for deployed design roles
New energy efficiency requirements in federal facilities, combined with LEED standards and increasing HVAC requirements at expeditionary locations, led to the operational need for a new HVAC Design Course. To meet the need, AFIT’s Civil Engineer and Services School has reintroduced the ENG 561 - HVAC Analysis & Design Course with an innovative combination of distance learning and in-residence material.
Updated: 01/14/2008
AFIT/LS and SY partner with AFMC in initiative to develop a PCE Systems Engineering Portfolio
Through an agreement between AFIT/SY, AFIT/LS, and AFMC/ENP, the Systems Engineering Portfolio concept was initiated to align SE education with existing policy, standards, and guidance. In short, a portfolio approach would promote strategic planning and execution of PCE with core competencies for critical engineering positions.
Updated: 01/14/2008