Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering



Research opportunities at Air Force Research Laboratory


Dr. Jacob Dodson


Air Force Research Laboratory


Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Dr. Alper Erturk


The Air Force Research Laboratory, Fuzes Branch encounters a variety of technical challenges when developing new capabilities for the warfighter. While our end goal is the survivability and reliability of electronic systems in harsh environments, the science needed to develop these systems include constitutive modeling of materials, understanding wave propagation and vibrational response of systems, and unique signal processing for various applications such as structural health monitoring. We will discuss some of the basic research recently conducted in these areas. Additionally we will talk about collaboration and research opportunities for students, post-docs and faculty with the Hard Target Fuzing research group.


Dr. Jacob Dodson earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is currently a research mechanical engineer in the Hard Target Fuzing Group at the Air Force Research Lab's Fuzes branch on Eglin AFB. His current projects includes working to understand the nonstationary structural dynamics during penetration events and performing wave propagation and vibration analysis on scaled and full-scale weapons and their components and interfaces. Dr. Jason Foley earned his BS (physics, 1998) and MS (aerospace engineering, 1999) from Auburn University and an MS (2002) and PhD (2007) in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Foley is employed by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Munitions Directorate, Fuzes Branch, where he leads basic and applied research projects in hard target fuzing.


Refreshments will be served.