PODCAST: Adrienne Ephrem is a Division Integration Manager in the Warfighter Interface Division, Airman Systems Directorate, 711 Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory (711 HPW/RHC)
Over the past thirteen years, Adrienne has been employed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. She has participated in projects that have ranged from basic research to products transitioning to the warfighter. Currently, she serves as the Integration Manager for the Warfighter Interface Division. Where she performs multidisciplinary professional engineering work involved in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles and processes to prepare, integrate & coordinate the planning and management of the Division's R&D programs. She provides knowledgeable & critical analysis into the Human Factors Science and Technology portfolio. Collaborates to develop research programs that specifically address the development, design and evaluation of cyber interfaces for command and control applications, cyberspace technology requirements, 24th AF cyberspace operators and operational information and processes.
Prior to working in the 711 Human Performance Warfighter Interface Division, Ms. Ephrem conducted basic research on emerging sensing technologies, materials and components to enable solutions to protect and defend the Air Force weapon systems. She utilized her fundamental knowledge of diverse sensors technologies such as metamaterials, biomaterials for photonics, optical and radio frequency in support of electro optical/infra-red (EO/IR) sensing technologies research. While working in the Sensors Directorate Ms. Ephrem applied and expanded upon her knowledge to resolve critical multifaceted problems for the improvement of optical domain sensing applications. Adrienne’s initial responsibility in the Sensors Directorate involved $55,000,000 budget associated with a Metamaterials RF/EO program. Ms. Ephrem began her career with the Air Force in the Human Effectiveness Directorate. There she demonstrated outstanding leadership as the directorate’s representative at the First Annual Cyber Symposium. She briefed numerous distinguished attendees, including the AFRL Commander, Major General Bedke. Her collaborative efforts with the Sensors Directorate led directly to her transition to the Sensors Directorate.
The vision, Ms. Ephrem created for the Metamaterials Program was to exploit the potential of metamaterials for the Air Force and other DoD applications through the development of an enhanced in-house technical capability to advance future sensor technologies. The payoffs for this $55,000,000 effort included: improvements of radar performance (antenna, bandwidth, lower loss), significantly decrease of RF aperture size and mass, as well as the decrease of size, weight, and power of optical systems through miniature beam steering and lensing.
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