DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Convention Center filled with some of the nation’s most cutting-edge Air Force technology Thursday.

At its third annual AFRL Inspire and Tech Expo, the Air Force Research Laboratory showcased the innovative ideas and passionate people across its organization.

“We have just an enormous array of activities that we’re engaged with, so people don’t really get a sense of what other exciting things we’re doing that make a difference,” said AFRL Commander Major General Bill Cooley.

AFRL expected close to 500 scientists and engineers from its diverse research labs around the world to attend Thursday’s expo and speaker series. The event featured seven speakers talking about their specific groups’ achievements.

Peter Mozloom, the team lead of Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), talked about the technology his team developed to help first responders and military personnel track their crews on the ground during missions.

“It started out in the special operations community,” Mozloom explained. “They needed something to work in a fast-paced, high-stress environment with ease of use being the focal point.”

Dr. Ivett Leyva traveled from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arglington, Virginia for the event. The program officer presented her office’s advances in high-speed aerodynamics.

“It’s understanding what the air is going to do to your vehicle when you’re going more than mach five,” Dr. Leyva explained.

The AFRL Learning Office, which sponsored the event, explained its goal was to showcase the organization’s diversity, while also encouraging the next crop of big dreams.

“The fact that they can kind of inspire others to reach beyond the bounds of what they thought they could do — regardless if they want to come work at AFRL or not — they’re inspirational stories for everyone,” said Dr. Teresa Bennett, the AFRL Chief Learning Officer.

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