The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dayton Tech & Startups

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dayton Tech & Startups

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Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is responsible for managing an annual $4.4 billion (FY 2014) science and technology program that includes both Air Force and customer funded research and development. AFRL accomplishes its mission through 9 Technical Directorates:

  1. Aerospace Systems Directorate
  2. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  3. Directed Energy Directorate
  4. Human Performance Wing
  5. Information Directorate
  6. Materials & Manufacturing
  7. Munitions Directorate
  8. Sensors Directorate
  9. Space Vehicles Directorate

AFRL's technology portfolio includes:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Information display and decision support
  • Advanced fuels and engine lubricants
  • Electron optical systems
  • Aeromechanics
  • Turbine and rocket engine propulsion systems
  • Sensors
  • Optical imaging
  • Advanced materials and structures
  • Environmental sciences
  • Education and training
  • Software development
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Microelectronics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Lasers
  • Safety and security

Glenn Research Center NASA's technology portfolio includes:

  • Materials and coatings
  • Sensors
  • Aeronautics
  • Health, medicine, and biotechnology
  • Information technology and software
  • Robotics, automation and control
  • Mechanical and fluid systems
  • Electrical/electronics
  • Instrumentation
  • Optics
  • Power generation and storage
  • Propulsion
  • Communications
  • Manufacturing
  • Environment

University of Dayton UD's research and technology focus areas include: 

  • Aeropropulsion
  • Energy
  • Human factors
  • Materials
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Sensors
  • Structures

Wright State University WSU's research and technology focus areas include:

  • Aerospace technology evaluation & assessment
  • Automony/LVC/training research
  • Clinical trials
  • Data analytics
  • Human sciences
  • Remotely piloted aircraft
  • Sensors


Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) is the region's AFRL Partnership Intermediary and helps transfer technologies from "inside the fence" to private markets.

Tec^Edge Ventures pulls together disparate technologies from regional labs to develop a new product to solve an industry problem

The ArchiTech Platform is partnering with the Air Force Research Lab in 2016.

The platform has technology briefs from high technology labs including AFRL, Columbia University, the Purdue Research Foundation and the Argonne National Laboratory. 

Patent: Flying-machine. US 821393 A Filed: March 23rd 1903.

Patent: Flying-machine. US 821393 A Filed: March 23rd 1903.