presentation about the chapter’s activities
and ongoing projects, including the variable-span wing, a morphing wing capable
of changing span in flight. He also discussed two remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) developed at UBI, highlighting their configurations and capabilities.
Southwest Ohio Has Become
Technology Hub, Panelists Say
More than 200 attendees packed the
Hilton Garden Inn for the chapter’s spring
regional panel luncheon. The topic of the
May luncheon, “Perspectives on Current
and Future State of Greater Dayton Defense
Environment,” brought together leaders
from various Ohio industries, academia and
the military. Dennis Drayer, chapter executive vice president, served as moderator.
Panelists were Kerry Taylor, Ohio Aerospace
Hub; Les McFawn, Wright Brothers Institute;
Maurice “Mo” McDonald, Dayton Development Coalition; Chuck Evanhoe, Evanhoe
and Associates; and Cassie Barlow, Wright
State Research Institute. The panel provided
dialogue and insights into the vast technology hub that southwest Ohio has become.
In this part of Ohio, one can find national
unmanned aerial vehicle zones, cutting-edge
materiel and cyber enterprises supporting
the U.S. Air Force. The region also boasts
one of the most highly trained technical
work forces in the country. Event sponsors
included Segue Technologies and AT&T.
Lunch & Learn Focuses On
Women in STEM
In May, the chapter held a Young
AFCEAN Lunch & Learn event at Fort
Knox’s Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex.
Participants enjoyed a presentation on the
history of women in AFCEA. Jenifer Spencer,
Women in AFCEA representative, shared
a documentary about women working in
technical fields going back to 1946. Today,
78 percent of positions in the Army are open
to women, and women serve in 95 percent
of all Army occupations (active-duty and
reserve components) as of 2014. The documentary followed the six young women who
programmed the first all-electronic computer
for the U.S. Army as part of a secret World
War II project. After the film, women shared
lessons learned, how they became interested
in information technology and other experiences. Spencer has 15 years of experience
developing, designing and planning information technology solutions.
C4 Expert Is Heartland TechNet
Kerry Kelley, director, command, control, communications and computer systems, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air
Force Base, Nebraska, spoke at the chapter’s Heartland TechNet event in May about
the Joint Information Environment (JIE)
COVILHA STUDENT—Gathering at the May meeting are (l-r) Pedro
Santos, student chapter president; Diogo Sousa, student; Rear Adm.
Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), Portugal Chapter president; Rear Adm.
Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), AFCEA regional vice president, Atlantic
Region; Jorge Reis Silva, faculty adviser; and Pedro Filipe, Portugal
Chapter treasurer and event coordinator.
Santos delivers a
the Covilha Student
Chapter during the
DAYTON-WRIGHT—Moderator Dennis Drayer, chapter executive vice president, fields
questions for the panelists at the May luncheon.
DAYTON-WRIGHT—May chapter luncheon and panel participants include (l-r) Brent Ahlers,
Cassie Barlow, Chuck Evanhoe, Les McFawn, Maurice McDonald, Fred Schyed and Drayer.
Attending the May
Lunch & Learn are
(l-r) Karen Barry,
Angela Alexander-Mendoza and