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July 2017

IDA Research Staff participate vigorously in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Highlights of IDA research activity from July 2017 follow.


IDA Researcher Leads Wireless Innovation Forum

Bruce FetteBruce Fette of IDA’s Science and Technology Division is leading a work group of the Wireless Innovation Forum to support worldwide military tactical radio communications suppliers, tactical radio communications software developers, and software development tool providers who are participating in or supporting tactical radio waveform development onto software defined radio (SDRs) or cognitive radio (CR) platforms. The work group will be developing Application Programming Interfaces to enable SDRs and CRs to reduce power and battery consumption. The kickoff meeting was on July 28.







IDA Researcher Explains STEM Careers to High School Students

Anna RubinsteinSED’s Anna Rubinstein spoke at the 18th Annual Summer Leadership Institute for high school students, sponsored by the Trent Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi (her undergraduate alma mater).
Dr. Rubinstein discussed how the experiences and opportunities that she had at the University of Mississippi led her to where she is today. Members of the Leadership InstituteShe also talked about pursuing careers in STEM fields in general.








IDA’s Korea Expert Quoted

Katy Oh HassigSFRD’s Katy Oh Hassig was quoted in an NBC News report concerning her opinion of the recent case of the Korean defector Lim Ji-hyeon – from the North to the South and back again. According to Dr. Oh Hassig, the “video and the words she [Lim Ji-hyeon ] uses in it smack of a propaganda ploy by the North Koreans.”







STPI Director Moderated Panel at AIAA

Mark LewisMark Lewis, Director of STPI, was at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (the aerospace professional society, of which he was President in 2010-2011) Propulsion and Energy Conference in Atlanta Georgia on July 11. He moderated a panel discussion on “the presidential transition.” In the photo with Dr. Lewis are Sandy Magnus, executive director of AIAA, former astronaut, and member of the NASA Transition team, and Chris Shank, Special Advisor to the SECAF and head of the NASA transition team. Dr. Lewis also served as a panel member on “next steps in hypersonic flight testing.





IDA Researcher Discussed DARPA History

Dick Van AttaSFRD researcher Dick Van Atta recently led a discussion on Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Innovation at the launch of the Summer edition of Issues in S&T at the Consortium for Science, Policy, & Outcomes. Dr. Van Atta spoke about how the present institutional culture of DARPA has come about (briefly noting what it’s learned from past mistakes a achievements) and how that model functions now. This issue of the magazine includes Dr. Van Atta’s review of DARPA histories.






IDA Researcher Receives Coverage on Space Talk

Bhavya Lal in Space NewsSTPI Researcher Bhavya Lal has been widely quoted as a result of her talk at the Defense One Tech Summit. Her comments were based on IDA publication P-8335, On-Orbit Manufacturing and Assembly of Spacecraft, of which she was a coauthor. Also, Dr. Lal will brief the IC Space Board on small satellite technologies on July 18.









STPI Director Celebrates NASA’s 100th Anniversary

Mark LewisSTPI Director Mark Lewis served on a panel at the NASA Langley Research Center’s 100th anniversary celebration; the subject of the panel was NASA’s interactions with other agencies. Dr. Lewis’s focus was on high-speed flight. (NASA isn’t that old; Langley began as a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) center).






IDA Researcher Presents at AIAA

Al PiccirilloOED’s Al Piccirillo gave an invited presentation on “The F-16XL and its Role in NASA Flight Research” to a combined session of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), and the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) held at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 3. The session, attended by 90 aerospace engineers and university staff members, was held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the first flight of the F-16XL, which took place on July 3, 1982, in Fort Worth. Dr. Piccirillo’s presentation was based on his book Elegance in Flight : a Comprehensive History of the F-16XL Experimental Prototype and Its Role in NASA Flight Research, which was published by the NASA Aeronautics book program in 2015. His book in electronic form is available in the IDA library.



STPI Researcher Author of Book Chapter

Jason GalloSTPI’s Jason Gallo wrote Chapter 26, “Translating Science into Policy and Legislation: Evidence-Informed Policymaking,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication (2017). The chapter was prepared as NSD-8132. The book is on order by the IDA library.










STPI Researcher To Speak at Tech Summit

Defense One Tech SummitSTPI Researcher Bhavya Lal will be a speaker at the 2nd Annual Defense One Tech Summit at the Newseum on July 13. Dr. Lal will be featured among top technical thinkers in government, academia, Silicon Valley and beyond.








IDA Researcher Elected to Society of Women Engineers Board of Directors

Photo of Dr. Alexis McKittrickIDA Science and Technology Policy Institute's researcher Dr. Alexis McKittrick has been elected to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Board of Directors effective July 1, 2017. She will serve a two-year term as the Society Secretary for SWE. In this role, she will work with other SWE leaders to promote increased diversity in engineering and STEM fields.