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AFRL/RW Wins Excellence in Tech Transfer Award

Niceville, FL (25 September 2018) – The Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) won a Federal Labs Consortium (FLC) Southeast Region 2018 Excellence in Technology Transfer award for their low-alloy, high-performance steel technology, AF96.

The Excellence in Technology Transfer Award recognizes employees of FLC Southeast Region member laboratories and non-laboratory staff who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring federally developed technology. Employees of AFRL/RW receiving the award include Rachel Abrahams, Ph.D.; Sean Gibbons, Ph.D.; Captain Olawale Lawal, Ph.D.; Erik Sundberg, and Richard Harris.

Traditional alloys contain high amounts of nickel, tungsten, and/or cobalt, contributing significantly to the total cost and weight of the steel. AF96 Steel contains fewer expensive alloys and relies on special processing techniques to deliver high strength and toughness even at low temperatures (-40°F to -65°F).

Regional laboratories AFRL/RW competed against included organizations such as the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Energy; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A total of over 60 federal labs and 300 federal facilities in nine states were eligible for this award.

The FLC presented these awards to the AF96 Steel Team at the 2018 Southeast-Midwest Regional Meeting on September 20, 2018 in Cocoa Beach, FL.

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

For more information about participating in technology transfer, please contact the Doolittle Institute at (850) 842-4393.

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