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    LAB LIFE

    LAB LIFE

    Audio | Air Force Research Laboratory

    About

    Supersonic flight. GPS. Space food. Big developments come out of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Lab Life brings you behind the scenes with the Air Force scientists, engineers and professionals who are developing tomorrow’s technology, today.



    Episodes


    • Lab Life - Episode 66: Hack-A-Sat

      DeliaRae Jesaitis and Stephen Colenzo join the Air Force Research Laboratory's podcast to discuss hackers, the space domain and the event that brings both together...Hack-A-Sat. <br /> <br /> As our lives become increasingly dependent on technologies that lie deep in space and the commercialization of space accelerates above us…we must do what it takes to secure our universe. In its 3rd year, Hack-A-Sat is designed to inspire the world’s top cybersecurity talent to develop the skills necessary to help reduce vulnerabilities and build more secure space systems. #HackASat3

      06/10/2022


    • Lab Life - Episode 65: Rocketing Through History

      Nils Sedano, Technical Advisor for AFRL’s Liquid Engines Branch joins the podcast to discuss the influence of AFRL technologies throughout United States Air Force and Space Force history, aerospike engines and what makes Southern California testing culture so unique.

      05/12/2022


    • Lab Life - Episode 64: Crime Fiction, Executive Direction and Classical Music

      Mr. Timothy Sakulich, the Executive Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory, joins the podcast to discuss problem solving, the art of subtraction and what makes Scandinavian crime fiction so captivating.

      04/29/2022


    • Lab Life - Episode 63: Illuminating Photonics & Plasmonics

      Dr. Monica Allen, a principal research electronics engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory, enlightens listeners on the world of photonics and plasmonics.

      03/25/2022


    • Lab Life - Episode 62: To 5G and Beyond

      Dr. Leonard Lightfoot joins the podcast to discuss 5G, microelectronics and the value of challenging yourself when opportunity knocks. <br /> <br /> As a program element monitor (PEM) for two multi-million-dollar portfolios, Dr. Lightfoot advocates for the relevance and necessity of Sensor technologies and capabilities research, such as for secure and trusted microelectronics systems. He received the 2022 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) in STEM for Professional Achievement

      02/28/2022


    • Lab Life - Episode 61: Launching into 2022

      Join us as we launch into 2022 with Major General Heather Pringle, AFRL Commander. General Pringle discusses space, digital transformation, climate, China, COVID-19, human capital and more in this episode.

      01/24/2022


    • Lab Life - Episode 60: Adaptive Training

      Dr. Leah Rowe joins the podcast for a special double feature. Part one focuses on Dr. Rowe's work as an AFRL Research Psychologist focusing on adaptive training. Part two jumps forward one year to a second interview with Dr. Rowe as she supports the mission by working outside of AFRL through the Entrepreneurial Opportunities Program.

      12/31/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 59: Microelectronics on Stage

      Dr. Emily Heckman discusses discovering galaxies, astrophysics, printed electronics and the power of theater.

      12/30/2021


    • Lab Life - Lab Bite: ROSA the Research Elf

      AFRL's magical Elf on the Shelf R.O.S.A. (Roving Organizational Surveillance Assistant) join the podcast to discuss her work on the Hypersleigh and systems such as D.E.E.R. and G.I.F.T..<br /> <br /> Learn more about her work by following #AFReseachLabElf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit www.afresearchlab.com/stem for STEM resources.

      12/20/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 58: Autonomous Research Revolution

      Dr. Alexis Lewis of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Benji Maruyama of the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Dr. Eric Stach of the University of Pennsylvania join the podcast to discuss autonomous research and how open-source software can enable scientists to expedite research.

      11/24/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 57: AFWERX, SpaceWERX and Innovators

      Col. Nathan Diller, AFWERX Director, joins the podcast to discuss how the AFWERX and SpaceWERX missions are crucial to forming the Air Force and Space Force of tomorrow. As an innovation arm of the Department of the Air Force and powered by the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX transitions agile, affordable and accelerated capabilities by teaming innovative technology developers with Airmen and Guardian talent.

      11/03/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 56: Martian Milestones and Satellite Propellants

      Ms. Corinne Sedano, an AFRL Group Lead for Chemical Propulsion - Flight Programs, joins the podcast to discuss her work at NASA, satellite propulsion and AFRL's Advanced Spacecraft Energetic Non-Toxic (ASCENT) green propellant.

      10/28/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 55: Twister, Sharknado and International Research

      Dr. Brad Barrett joins the podcast to discuss meteorology, storm chasing and his work as a program officer at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research's Southern Office of Aerospace Research and Development (SOARD) in Santiago, Chile.

      10/20/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 54: Materials Detective

      Mr. John Henry Williams joins the podcast to discuss bunker busters, discovery downtime and what it takes to become a materials detective.

      09/29/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 53: September 11th | A Call to Serve

      Dr. Stacy Manni, an International Program Officer for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, joins the podcast from Santiago, Chile. Dr. Manni reflects on her experiences on September 11, 2001 and how it changed her career trajectory in the fields of chemistry and scientific diplomacy.

      09/03/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 52: Lightsabers, Lasers and Space Force

      Dr. Kelly Hammett joins the podcast to discuss lightsabers, directed energy and the United States Space Force.

      08/27/2021


    • Lab Life - Lab Bite: GPS 101

      Dr. Joanna Hinks joins us for our first "Lab Bite" to explain how GPS works. "Lab Bites" are short bite-sized looks into topics that didn't make it into a feature length episode. Dr. Hinks also joined us on Episdoe 31: What's a Vanguard.

      08/13/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 51: Need for Speed

      Dr. Michael Gregg, AFRL Aerospace Systems Director, joins the podcast to discuss hypersonics, rotating detonation engines and cars.

      07/30/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 49: Asteroids, Astronomy & Adaptive Optics

      Dr. Jack Drummond discusses moons orbiting asteroids, adaptive optics and why astronomy is known as the queen of the sciences.

      06/30/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 50: Modern-Day Galileo

      Dr. Robert Fugate discusses his astounding career in physics, astrophotography and how he gained the title “Father of Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics.”

      06/30/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 48: Analytical Chemistry and Electric Propulsion

      Dr. Kamran Ghiassi, an AFRL senior research chemist and team lead, discusses satellite propulsion, STEM outreach and teamwork.

      06/17/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 47: Alternative Navigation & Nanoparticles

      Dr. Kathleen Dipple, an AFRL alternative navigation research scientist, joins the Lab Life podcast to discuss the power of gold nanoparticles, alternative navigation techniques and how important it is to find a supportive community in the workplace.

      06/08/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 46: A Satellite Named Carl

      AFRL Space Vehicles experts Christina Straight and Evelyn Kent join the podcast to discuss satellite operations, risk posturing and the Air Force Test Pilot School's inaugural Space Test Fundamentals Course.

      05/21/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 45: Beyond Antarctica | Test Pilots & Space

      Major Michael Nayak, now with the Air Force Test Center, returns to the podcast to discuss being a test pilot, risk posturing and how the culture around space testing is beginning to change.

      05/04/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 44: Space Environmentalism | Dr. Moriba Jah

      Dr. Moriba Jah, a University of Texas at Austin professor, AFRL Fellow and TED Fellow joins the podcast to discuss space environmentalism, space junk, the future of space tracking and Hogwarts houses.

      04/22/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 43: AFWISE: Air Force Women in Science and Engineering

      Dr. Shanee Pacley and Dr. Candice Hatcher-Solis discuss their careers, the Air Force Women in Science and Engineering (AFWISE) resource group, and inspiring women in STEM.

      04/19/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 42: Brain 101 and Beyond

      Dr. Candice Hatcher-Solis, a research biological scientist, gives listeners a "Brain 101" with a focus on how memory works. She also discusses her research to advance the field of neuroscience, specifically in the area of brain stimulation.

      03/29/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 41: Microbes, Coffee Beans and Biotechnology

      Dr. Rajesh Naik and Dr. Justin Gallivan discuss AFRL's Biotechnology Challenge, microbes and how to make the perfect cup of coffee. <br /> <br /> Dr. Naik is the Chief Scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing. Dr. Gallivan is the Senior Scientist for Systems and Synthetic Biology in the 711th Human Performance Wing.

      02/23/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 40: Hollywood, Stealth and Small Businesses

      Ms. Anissa Lumpkin discusses Hollywood takes on military technology, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, as well as a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) initiative.

      02/02/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 39: Who Leads the Unicorns?

      Air Force Research Laboratory Commander Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle discusses the power of the scientific method, AFRL unicorns, Space Force Guardians, and more.

      01/12/2021


    • Lab Life - Episode 38: DSTL, Wind Tunnels and COVID-19 Safety

      Leslie Flocken joins us on the podcast to discuss the fascinating wind tunnel work she does with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in the UK and the research her team's done to promote safety in the workplace during COVID-19.

      12/07/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 36: The 4-1-1 on Quantum, N.Y. and Tomato Pie

      Dr. Michael Hayduk joins us to discuss the amazing work at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate, the city of Rome, NY, and of course, tomato pie!

      11/17/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 35: Building STEM Education, Brick-by-Brick

      Dan Andrews is the K - 12 Science, Techonology, Engineering and Mathematics, aka STEM, Team Lead for Wright Patterson Air Force Base's Education Outreach Program. He joins us to discuss what his work entails, robotics competitions and how important LEGOs are to STEM Education.

      11/04/2020


    • Lab Life – Episode 34: Space Force, Tortoises and Steve Carell

      Dr. Shawn Phillips joins us to discuss just what really goes down at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Rocket Propulsion Division on Edwards Air Force Base, and he wants you to know it’s definitely not alien related. Listen in to learn about his position as the Deputy Chief of the RPD, his thoughts on the new TV show "Space Force" and his love of writing sci-fi fantasy novels!

      10/26/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 32: Connecting Sensors and Shooters

      Major Camdon Cady and Dr. David Deprospero discuss getting the right information to the right decision maker at the right time. Their team created the Advanced Battle Management System DeviceOne SecureView platform that allows users to remotely access classified networks – from wherever they need – including their homes.

      10/07/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 31: What's a Vanguard?

      We dive beyond the cool names to learn more about Golden Horde, Skyborg and Navigation Technology Satellite - 3 (NTS-3).

      09/22/2020


    • Lab Life – Episode 30: Epidemiology, Stats, and Inclusivity

      Gen Cook, an AFRL biostatistics expert and trained epidemiologist, reflects on watching science unfold in real time during a global pandemic.

      08/31/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 29: Strategic Napping, Injury Prevention and Data

      Lindsay Bukalew, an AFRL exercise physiologist, discusses how a data-centered approach to injury prevention on the Operational Support Teams is improving Airmen Readiness.

      08/17/2020


    • Lab Life – Episode 28: Getting Smart About Intellectual Property

      Researchers need to know more than just the science. Maj. Gen. Timothy Kelly and Sabra Tomb, JD talk protecting inventions, licensing and data rights.

      07/02/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 27: Sonic Booms & Service Dogs

      Kristen Sims, an AFRL Rocket Propulsion Division project liaison, shares how her service dog Magnus helps accomplish the mission at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

      06/24/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 25: Gut Biomes, Synthetic Biology and SHARK!

      Dr. Rajesh Naik, Chief Scientist of AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing discusses synthetic biology, human-machine teaming and more.

      05/08/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 24: AFRL Student Opportunities (Part 2)

      In this episode, we speak with Jake Helinski who hypes his time in the Premier College Intern Program (PCIP) and his AFRL journey in the Palace Acquire (PAQ) program.<br /> <br /> Learn more about opportunities at:<br /> <br /> AFRL Student Opportunities: https://afresearchlab.com/careers-and-opportunities/students-and-faculty/<br /> <br /> Pathways Program: https://www.opm.gov/about-us/careers-at-opm/students-recent-graduates/

      04/20/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 23: AFRL Student Opportunities (Part 1)

      In this episode of Lab Life, we speak with Sabra Tomb who discusses opera in anechoic chambers, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Internship and the Pathways Program. <br /> <br /> Learn more about opportunities at:<br /> <br /> AFRL Student Opportunities: https://afresearchlab.com/careers-and-opportunities/students-and-faculty/<br /> <br /> ORISE: https://orise.orau.gov/stem/internships-fellowships-research-opportunities/index.html<br /> <br /> Pathways Program: https://www.opm.gov/about-us/careers-at-opm/students-recent-graduates/

      04/19/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 26: Materials, Mentoring & Marine Biology

      Dr. Timothy Bunning discusses his new role as AFRL's Chief Technology Officer, mentorship, and the inspirational Jacques Cousteau.

      03/10/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 32: Chiefs Talk Resiliency, Online Gaming and Books

      Pre-pandemic we spoke to four Air Force Chief Master Sergeants - CMSgt Stanley Cadell, CMSgt Ian Eishen, CMSgt David Wade and CMSgt Paul Barbee - about staying resilient during tough times and the everyday grind.

      02/26/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 22: Glowsticks, small business and the warfighter

      From developing tactical glow sticks to improving search and rescue kits, Army veteran and entrepreneur Nick Ripplinger shares how he partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory to light the way for the warfighter.

      02/21/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 21: Flu, Pandemic and Novel Viruses

      In this episode, Dr. Fries and Dr. Sjoberg explain the science behind novel viruses and discuss how the United States School of Aerospace Medicine monitors influenza, providing the Centers for Disease Control with critical data for the development of the flu vaccine.

      01/30/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 20: Leadership by example

      Darrell Phillipson's life has taken him from active duty Air Force service to a stint in financial planning, moonlighting as a literary mascot and now to his role as vice director at the Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing. There's something to be said for diversity of experience on the path to becoming a leader. Listen to this episode to learn more about his fascinating life and career.

      01/23/2020


    • Lab Life - Episode 19: Man on the Moon - Astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt

      Astronaut, geologist, and the most recent living man to have walked on the moon, Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, joins us today to speak on the Apollo 17 mission, geology and the future of space travel.

      12/20/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 18: Keeping the fight "unfair"

      On this episode of The Lab Life podcast, the Air Force Research Laboratory's Alex Garcia and Capt. Josh Lee talk about networked weapons, guidance systems and what their teams are doing to keep the fight 'unfair.'<br /> <br /> To submit questions or feedback for our podcast, email lablifepodcast@gmail.com.<br /> <br /> Visit us online at www.afresearchlab.com

      12/11/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 17: Quantum

      Are you ready to dive into a world so small, it has its own field of study? Air Force Research Laboratory 1st Lt. Kaitlin Poole joins the podcast from Rome, NY to shed some light on the wonderfully intriguing world of quantum networking.

      11/06/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 15: LIVE from the 2019 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber conference.

      In this episode of the Lab Life podcast, we come to you LIVE from the 2019 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber conference. Senior leaders from across the Air Force visited the Air Force Research Laboratory’s podcast booth to share what the future of science and technology for the service looks like to them.

      Listen to hear senior leader thoughts on the future of Air Force S & T from leaders including:

      -Matthew Donovan, then Acting Secretary of the Air Force
      -Dr. Will Roper,... read more

      10/24/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 16: Confined Spaces

      Dr. James Christensen, an Advanced Development Project Lead at the Air Force Research Laboratory, found a way to not only get inside of an aircraft's wing, but he managed to have a C-130 wing delivered to his cubicle, too! <br /> <br /> Listen in on that and more on this episode of The Lab Life podcast!

      09/25/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 14: Crampons, Mountains and Oxygen Deprivation - A Mountain Laboratory

      In this episode of the Lab Life podcast, we talk to Kevin Schmidt, a mountain climbing researcher looking into how oxygen deprivation effects your cognitive functions at altitude.<br /> <br /> To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory, visit www.afresearchlab.com or follow us on social media at @AFresearchlab.<br /> <br /> To leave feedback on this show and offer suggestions for future episodes, email us at lablifepodcast@gmail.com.

      09/04/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 13: Junior Force, Major Impact --Brittany Spouts, Biomedical Engineer

      Brittany Fouts is a Biomedical Engineer who oversees major projects that keep Airmen safe in the skies above. Learn more about how this junior researcher is making a major impact for our Air Force on this episode of the Lab Life podcast.<br /> <br /> To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory, visit www.afresearchlab.com or follow us on social media at @AFresearchlab.<br /> <br /> To leave feedback on this show and offer suggestions for future episodes, email us at lablifepodcast@gmail.com.

      08/29/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 12: Life as an 'intra-preneur' -- Ryan Helbach

      In his episode of the Lab Life podcast, Air Force Research Laboratory Chief Intrepreneur, Ryan Helbach talks about his unique job title and how to achieve your job related dreams!<br /> <br /> To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory, visit www.afresearchlab.com or follow us on social media at @AFresearchlab.<br /> <br /> To leave feedback on this show and offer suggestions for future episodes, email us at lablifepodcast@gmail.com.

      08/07/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 11: Digital Hangar

      In this episode of the Lab Life podcast, Dr. Rick Graves explores the world of digital engineering where aircraft are "zeros" and "ones".<br /> <br /> To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory, visit www.afresearchlab.com or follow us on social media at @AFresearchlab.<br /> <br /> To leave feedback on this show and offer suggestions for future episodes, email us at lablifepodcast@gmail.com.

      07/24/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 10: Air Force impacts to Apollo 11

      Just in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing, we bring you some Air Force space history from the lab! <br /> <br /> In this episode of Lab Life, Air Force Research Laboratory historian Kevin Rusnak helps separate fact from fiction as he explains all of the behind-the-scenes work the Air Force did to help get man on the moon. <br /> <br /> To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory, visit www.afresearchlab.com or follow us on social media at @AFresearchlab.<br /> <br /> To leave feedback on this show and offer suggestions for future episodes, email us at lablifepodcast@gmail.com.

      07/16/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 9: Maj. Gen. William Cooley, AFRL Commander

      This episode of the Lab Life podcast features Maj. Gen. William "Bill" Cooley, Air Force Research Laboratory commander, who speaks about his career as a technologist and several areas of interest to AFRL, including biology, human genetics, materials science, high energy laser systems, GPS, space vehicles and more. Cooley also speaks about his vision of AFRL as a central hub for the "science and technology ecosystem" and what got him interested in physics when he was a young lieutenant.

      To... read more

      07/09/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 8: Fear the Robot?!

      In this episode, we speak with Dr. Joe Lyons, an industrial organizational psychologist at the Air Force Research Laboratory about human-machine interaction, trust and whether robots will take over the world.<br /> <br /> To learn more about our work on human-machine interaction and autonomy, visit www.afresearchlab.com. If you have suggestions or inputs for current or future episodes, send us an email at lablifepodcast@gmail.com.<br /> <br /> www.afresearchlab.com<br /> www.facebook.com/AFresearchlab <br /> www.twitter.com/afresearchlab

      06/05/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 7: AFRL Inspire - The Origin Story

      On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Dan Berrigan, a digital manufacturing research team lead at the Air Force Research Laboratory returns to the podcast to talk about the origins of AFRL Inspire, a one-day, TED Talk-like event that showcases the inspiring work of AFRL researchers in a live, dynamic environment.

      If you’re interested in how to cook an aircraft, the psychology of a hero or breaking the biological kill chain, check out previous AFRL Inspire talks on our YouTube Channel:... read more

      05/08/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 6: Robots and Rambo

      On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Dan Berrigan, a digital manufacturing research team lead at the Air Force Research Laboratory joins us to talk digital manufacturing, teaching robots and Star Trek. Dr. Berrigan is an engaging guest with lots of great ideas for the Air Force. You don't want to miss this!<br /> <br /> To learn more about Dr. Berrigan's work, visit our website at www.afresearchlab.com. To submit questions or feedback for this episode, send an email to lablifepodcast@gmail.com.<br /> <br /> www.facebook.com/AFresearchlab <br /> www.twitter.com/afresearchlab

      04/17/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 5: AFRL Inspire

      Caylee Dymond, an Air Force Research Laboratory researcher focused on personnel recovery, joins the podcast to discuss the upcoming “AFRL Inspire,” a one-day TED Talk-like event that showcases the inspiring work of AFRL researchers. If you’re interested in how to cook an aircraft, the psychology of a hero or breaking the biological kill chain, check out previous AFRL Inspire talks on our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/AFResearchLab <br /> <br /> To learn more about this year's event on April 16 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio, follow along on our social media pages and the web for information on attending the show live in person. <br /> <br /> www.facebook.com/AFresearchlab <br /> www.twitter.com/afresearchlab

      04/03/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 4: Supercomputers, Anthrax and Flight Testing

      The Air Force Research Laboratory's Lab Life podcast brings you stories from the people in the labs creating the next generation of science and technology for the Air Force. <br /> <br /> In this episode we chat with John Hoffman, Information Security Manager at the AFRL whose jobs is to keep Department of Defense supercomputers safe. He shares stories on the amazing capabilities of supercomputers, including flight testing and how the computers have been used to rapidly determine antibiotic treatment for Anthrax.<br /> <br /> To submit questions or feedback for this episode, send an email to lablifepodcast@gmail.com.

      03/20/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 3: Livetweeting History

      The Air Force Research Laboratory's Lab Life podcast brings you stories from the lab, covering technology of yesterday, today and the future.

      03/05/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 2: Antarctic Windsurfing

      The Air Force Research Laboratory's Lab Life podcast brings you stories from the people in the labs creating the next generation of science and technology for the Air Force.

      03/05/2019


    • Lab Life - Episode 1: It's Rocket Science

      Welcome to the Air Force Research Laboratory's Lab Life podcast, where we interview the scientists and engineers behind the Air Force's cutting-edge technology of today and the future.

      03/05/2019