Session 24: Military & Security
Materials & Manufacturing Challenges for Wearable Electronics in the USAF Mission
Thursday, June 22, 2017
3:05 PM - 3:25 PM
Within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), we are addressing the specific materials and processing challenges that are preventing wearable electronics from meeting the mission-specific needs of the United States Air Force (USAF). Advancements in wearable electronics are expected to impact a wide range of missions, including aircraft pilots and crew, special operators, aeromedical evacuation personnel, and various analyst teams. We are working to address these challenges through in-house research into new materials, innovative packaging schemes, and new approaches to conformal and integrated electronics. Additionally, we support both the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) and NextFlex – America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute to grow and foster the flexible hybrid electronic ecosystem using industry- and university-led projects. I will share the unique opportunities that universities, government labs, and industry have to engage with our teams to grow their understanding of and capability to create wearable electronics that are relevant to the USAF Mission.
Dr. Jeremy W. Ward is currently a Research Scientist and Program Manager within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He earned his B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Simpson College in Indianola, IA, in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, in 2015. While earning both his B.A. and Ph.D., Jeremy also served as a crew chief for both F-16 and C-130 airframes in the United States Air National Guard. After completing his Ph.D., Jeremy then worked on staff within the United States Senate as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow, a position supported by the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). In 2016, Jeremy accepted a position as a Research Scientist for UES, Inc. in Dayton, OH, where he performed research in the area of flexible and conformal electronics. In 2017 Jeremy accepted a position with the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he is leading both R&D of conformal sensing technologies as well as managing programs that address the materials and manufacturing challenges to meet the USAF needs in the area of Airmen Performance and Aeromedicine.
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