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Student interns from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directorate of Manufacturing and Materials presented their research experiments to the public at the annual morning and afternoon poster sessions on August 4, 2022, in the cafeteria of Building 653 .

A group of 57 interns representing 30 universities conducted experiments within AFRL’s manufacturing and materials divisions over the past three months. Each student created a poster detailing the experiment they were challenged with along with details of the analysis and findings. The students presented these research posters to their peers, AFRL leaders, visiting university professors, and prospective Air Force employers.

AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle attended the morning session and delivered a keynote address, congratulating and thanking the students for their contributions to AFRL’s scientific progress.

Chief Master Sgt. AFRL Command Chief James Fitch opened the poster session with a salute to student research and a nod to Geek Fest, an AFRL event celebrating scientific discovery. He went on to remind everyone that student work makes the innovative ideas and inventions that pave the way for new avenues of thinking and design.

The culminating poster session provided students with the opportunity to engage in question and answer sessions with subject matter experts, explain technical experiments to the public, and identify potential career opportunities.

AFRL Director of Technology, Dr. Timothy Bunning, gave a keynote address at the afternoon poster session discussing his own student internship with AFRL.

“The Air Force is looking for students like you to go from participating in this internship to being the future leadership of AFRL,” Bunning said.

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Asheley Blackford, student program manager, said the internship program gives students a taste of what AFRL is all about, and the poster session sets an excellent example of the range of opportunities open to future students.

“The poster session is a great way for students to share their research at AFRL and among their peers,” said Blackford. “The talents they bring to the lab each summer shined throughout the poster session and showed how critical and important their research is to the entire Department of the Air Force.”

Many military and leadership personnel in attendance expressed their amazement at the students’ scientific understanding of their project.

Col. Anthony J. DeGregoria, deputy director of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, said he was impressed with the students’ knowledge and experience in their experiments.

“Ten different RX branches hosted multiple programs for AFRL students… [and] Opportunities abound to connect with the brightest and youngest minds in support of our nation’s defense,” said DeGregoria.

AFRL internships are available to students at different levels, from high school to graduate work. For more information on these internships, please visit:

About AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the Department of the Air Force’s main scientific research and development center. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfare technologies for our air, space, and cyber forces. With a workforce of more than 11,500 people in nine technology areas and 40 other operations around the world, AFRL offers a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit:

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