PHOENIX, ARIZONA (May 22, 2017) MERC attended the 2017 Aircraft Airworthiness and Sustainment Conference in Phoenix, AZ on May 22-25, 2017. The mission of the conference was to identify the challenges and collaborative work being done within the aerospace community to improve the safety, airworthiness, availability and cost effectiveness of both military and commercial aircraft. MERC attended
MERC Engineers Co-Author Paper Presented at American Helicopter Society International’s 73rd Annual Forum
Dr. Robert McGinty, Chief Scientist, Mr Nick Hatcher, Senior Mechanical Engineer, and Mr. Jeff Brenna Staff Aerospace Engineer co-authored a paper titled “Finite Element Model Validation and Loads Development for the TH-1H Helicopter” presented at the American Helicopter Society International’s 73rd Annual Forum, May 9-11, in Ft Worth, TX. This forum included over 1100 participants
DAYTON, OHIO (June 6) MERC attended the 2017 Air Force Corrosion Conference on June 6-7 in Dayton, Ohio. This conference focused on topics related to corrosion on USAF aircraft, weapon systems, and support equipment. Topics presented during the general session included the impact of corrosion on airworthiness and the ASIP, MECSIP, PSIP, and AVIP programs. MERC
POINT MUGU, CA (25-27 April 2017) MERC participated in the 46th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium with over 600 participants including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Royal Australian Air Force, and industry and academia representatives. This year’s event, co-sponsored by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and the Association of Old Crows, focused on
MERC attended the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference on May 20-23 in Pittsburgh, PA, developing its Industrial and Systems Engineering capabilities. Presented topics ranged from Systems Engineering & Design, Additive Manufacturing, Modeling and Simulation, “Lean” in the Service Industry, and Manufacturing Scheduling and Planning to Productivity Management, Macro Ergonomics, and Engineering
Dr. Nathan Branch, senior mechanical engineer, and Greg Wood, principle mechanical engineer, won the award for the Best Paper in the Product Support Systems Technology category at the recent American Helicopter Society Forum in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Tom Brussat, subcontractor, was also an author. The award-winning paper is titled “HH-60G Airframe Service Life via
Dr. Joshua Finn, a mechanical engineer in MERC’s Rotary Wing Division, and John R. Wagner, Ph.D., PE from Clemson University, published a thermoelectric cooling systems article in the March 2017 edition of SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars – Electronic and Electrical Systems. The paper entitled “Control of a Thermoelectric Cooling System for Vehicle Payloads
TAMPA, FLORIDA (May 26, 2017) — MERC participated in the Annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa FL from 15-18 May. SOFIC is an annual event that brings SOCOM acquisition officials together with industry and academia to review current requirements, challenges, and technological advancements in support of the Special Operations community. The General
Hill AFB (April 3-5, 2017) The 2017 CTMA Annual Partners Meeting is an Office of the Secretary of Defense sponsored conference focused on collaboration between technology, program, and logistics specialists from the DoD, private industry, and educational non-profits. The theme for this year’s symposium was Accelerating Innovation! The symposium’s mission was to create an environment
Tampa, Florida (February 7-8, 2017) Defense Strategies Institute hosted the 2017 Military Additive Manufacturing Summit. The town hall style forum was titled “Leveraging Innovative 3D Printing Capabilities To Strengthen America’s Defense”. The summit focused on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) effort to leverage state of the art additive manufacturing (AM) 3D printing technology to fundamentally
Warner Robins, Georgia (March 9, 2017) MERC attended the Technology and Cyber Forum at the Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, Georgia on March 7, 2017. The Middle Georgia Chapter of (ISC)² and AFCEA conducted the conference which focused on the areas of Risk Management, Cloud Technologies, Cyber Security, and Information Assurance. The speakers were from many
San Francisco, California (13-17 February 2017) The 26th annual RSA Conference USA, the world’s leading information security conference and exposition, was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. With over 43,000 attendees, the conference set a record as the largest RSA Conference to date. It featured 15 keynote presentations, more than 700 speakers across
Albuquerque, New Mexico (5-8 December 2016) The DoD Maintenance Symposium is an Office of the Secretary of Defense sponsored conference focused solely on the maintenance of weapon systems and equipment. The theme for this year’s symposium was Engaging Tomorrow’s Maintenance Enterprise Challenges, Today! The symposium’s mission was to create an environment that enables every attendee to
Washington, DC (28 Nov – 1 December 2016) MERC representatives attended the 53rd annual Association of Old Crows International Symposium and Convention at the Marriott Marquis and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC 28 Nov – 1 December. The theme for this year’s convention was Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations. The keynote speakers included senior
Huntsville, AL (November 15-16, 2016) MERC representatives attended The Energy Summit 2016 in Huntsville, AL. Speakers included senior representatives from Army Materiel Command, Air Staff, energy industry CEOs and Energy Huntsville Consortium participants. A broad diversity of energy topics were discussed including energy partnerships, renewable technologies, government policy and goals, performance contracting, technology maturity, and
Augusta, Georgia (Nov 07, 2016) MERC attended the Cyber Georgia@ Augusta University Cyber Summit conference on October 12-13, 2016. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Augusta University conducted this conference to foster dialogue between government, industry and academia on critical cybersecurity issues. The keynote speaker for this event was Mr. John Brennan, Director of
DAYTON OH (Sep 23, 2016) MERC attended the inaugural Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Industry Days in Dayton, OH, 14-16 September. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Industry Days conference included over 530 representatives from government, academia, and industry for presentations on acquisition initiatives and challenges. MERC attended presentations from senior Air Staff
LAS VEGAS, NV (Aug 4, 2016) MERC participated in the Black Hat USA 2016 Cybersecurity Conference held in Las Vegas, NV from July 30 – Aug 4, 2016. Black Hat is a premiere conference built by and for the global Information Security community. It includes four days of intensive security professional training events, followed by
MERC Participates in Tinker and the Primes, Strategic Alternate Sourcing Program Office (SASPO) Industry Days
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Sep 7, 2016) MERC participated in the Annual Tinker and the Primes industry conference and the Strategic Alternate Sourcing Program Office (SASPO) Industry Day in Oklahoma City, OK 23-26 August. Tinker and the Primes brings together industry and government acquisition and sustainment personnel to review current requirements and challenges in supporting many
WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB, OH (July 7, 2016) A recent article in Defense Systems magazine highlighted new technology from an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) team that included MERC engineers who helped develop a portable system to inspect C-130 aircraft in the field in order to identify structural damage prior to sending the aircraft to depot
TAMPA, FL (June 30, 2016) MERC participated in the National Homeland Security Conference (NHSC) in Tampa, FL from 28-30 June. The NHSC is an annual conference that allows the government and the commercial sectors to discuss lessons learned related to national and international security threats and new technologies and practices for reducing threats. This year’s
TAMPA, FL (June 3, 2016) MERC participated in the Annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, FL from 23-26 May. SOFIC is an annual event that brings SOCOM acquisition officials together with industry and academia to review current requirements, challenges, and technological advancements in support of the Special Operations community. The General Session
WARNER ROBINS, GA (May 7, 2016) For the 27th year in a row, the National STEM Academy at the Museum of Aviation hosted the Annual Young Astronauts’ Day on May 7, 2016. This is the museum’s largest educational event of the year and nearly 300 elementary and middle school students participated. Fifteen different hands-on science
WARNER ROBINS, GA (May 2, 2016) MERC Software Engineers Steve Boswell and Scott Walker recently collaborated with HeartBuds, LLC (www.heartbuds.com), a medical start-up based in Winter Park, FL, to significantly improve the performance of their flagship product. HeartBuds set out to produce a consumer device that can be used like a stethoscope but has the
WARNER ROBINS, GA (March 24, 2016) MERC participated in the 2016 Program Executive Officer (PEO) Review and Outlook on 24 March 2016 at the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation Century of Flight Hangar. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Aerospace Industries Committee (AIC) and Robins AFB. This event supports
WARNER ROBINS, GA (March 22-23, 2016) MERC participated in the 41st annual Dixie Crow symposium March 22-23 at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA. This year’s theme was “EW/ISR: Today’s Innovations Countering Tomorrow’s Threats”. The symposium had over 2,100 participants with more than 30 speakers on topics relating to Electronic Warfare (EW), Intelligence
WARNER ROBINS, GA (March 21-24, 2016) MERC Mechanical Engineer, Dr. Emily Childress, presented, “Drag Reduction Study for the HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter” at the Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment (AA&S) conference in Grapevine, TX held March 21-24, 2016. At this conference, participants from industry, government, academia, and around the world addressed issues in the areas of
WASHINGTON D.C. (December 3, 2015) MERC attended the 52nd Annual Association of Old Crows (AOC) International Symposium and Convention in Washington, D.C., 1-3 December. The theme of this year’s event was “Synchronizing EW and Cyber to Achieve Spectrum Dominance.” Keynote speakers included General John E. Hyten, Commander Air Force Space Command (AFSPC); Lt Gen Bradley
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (December 3, 2015) MERC engineers presented three papers at the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) conference in San Antonio, TX on Dec 1-3, 2015. The ASIP Conference is internationally recognized as the premier meeting of worldwide experts in the areas of aviation structural integrity, including design, analysis, testing, manufacture, certification, and more. Dr.
WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (October 30, 2015) MERC recently completed the development of a global MH-60S finite element model (FEM) and web-based crack history database in partnership with Technical Data Analysis, Inc (TDA). The FEM was first modified to incorporate retrofit Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) and drawings obtained by NAVAIR since the creation of the original
WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (October 8, 2015) MERC’s Government, DOD, and private sector customers can now benefit from our partnership with NCMS’s Commercial Technology for Maintenance Activity (CTMA), a joint Department of Defense/NCMS effort promoting collaborative technology development, demonstration, and transition within DoD. MERC brings technical leadership to the NCMS team through additive manufacturing, laser shot
PERRY, GEORGIA (October 2, 2015) MERC participated in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded exercise at Guardian Centers last week involving approximately 800 first responders, including more than 300 personnel from the New York Fire Department (FDNY) Special Operations Command and Incident Management Team. MERC provided assistance to the communications team to help resolve
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY (September 7, 2015) The 2015 Indoor Free Flight Team Selection contest was held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst during Labor Day weekend. Top ultralight indoor aircraft fliers from across the country converged on the cavernous Hangar 1 (site of the Hindenburg crash) to compete for the three spots on the 2016 US Indoor
WASHINGTON D.C. (August 6, 2015) MERC recently concluded a yearlong investigation of the potential risk of radio frequency (RF) interference to mission critical communication due to the increasing use of wireless devices by first responders. The research was funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group. The
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (August 5, 2015) Representatives from MERC’s Electronic and Software Systems Engineering Directorate participated in the Cyber Security for National Defense Symposium on August 4th and 5th. This conference brought together key Government leadership from the Armed Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Security Service, industry, and academia to discuss critical needs
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (July 17, 2015) MERC has worked with the United States Air Force and Production Products in St. Louis, MO to perform a series of structural analyses on the patient air transport isolation modules used in US military aircraft. The isolation modules are used to transport individuals having dangerous communicable diseases over long
WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (June 29, 2015) The Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB, OH, awarded MERC a research contract to develop an Interactive Maintenance Technical Support tool. The tool will integrate a wearable display device, video conferencing technology, and computer vision algorithms
TAMPA, FLORIDA (May 21, 2015) MERC participated in the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) at the Tampa Convention Center 19-21 May. SOFIC attendance was estimated at 9000+ attendees and 340 displays of new and emerging technology. Information on current acquisition requirements was presented in both large forum and focused Program Executive Officer (PEO)
PERRY, GEORGIA (April 28, 2015) MERC conducted their final full-scale emergency response exercise at Guardian Centers on April 28, 2015 with support from more than 50 First Responders from multiple agencies in Middle Georgia. The purpose of the exercise was to create a realistic RF environment to evaluate interference and communications degradation during a large
ATLANTA, GEORGIA (April 15, 2015) The Atlanta Airport Fire Rescue Department conducted a mock disaster drill on 15 April, 2015 in compliance with FAA requirements for all major airports to conduct firefighter certification exercises every three years. MERC had the opportunity to monitor the RF spectrum while more than 100 firefighters and other First Responders
MACON, GEORGIA (April 10, 2015) MERC participated in the 14th Annual Engineering Expo at the Mercer University School of Engineering (MUSE) on 10 April and had the opportunity to talk with graduating seniors and other engineering students about a vast array of engineering activities ongoing at Mercer University. The students presented nearly 60 engineering research
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (March 30 – 2 April, 2015) MERC attended the 2015 Aircraft Airworthiness and Sustainment (AA&S) Conference from 30 March to 2 April in Baltimore, MD. AA&S 2015 brought together senior individuals tasked with ensuring airworthiness of commercial and military aircraft systems and the sustainment of aging fleets, both within the military and commercial
MACON, GEORGIA (March 1, 2015) – Mr. Harrell Perlman, a Senior Software Engineer at MERC, participated in the HackMacon event 28 February – 1 March 2015 hosted at the SparkMacon Maker Space. Mr. Perlman took on the challenge of developing a map for Historic Macon showing an overlay of historic locations supported by the organization.
WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (January 2015) – MERC attended the Distributed Common Ground System Army (DCGS-A) Industry Day at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD on 21 January. MERC briefed the DCGS-A Program Manager and his staff on MERC capabilities to support the programs transition to DCGS-A “Increment 2” and the Tactical Capabilities Innovation Lab (TCIL). DCGS-A connects
WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (December 13, 2014) – MERC engineers participated in the first of four planned events at Guardian Centers in Perry, Georgia from 10 to 13 December 2014 to evaluate the threat of RF interference to First Responder mission critical communications devices during medium to large scale incidents. More than 300 personnel from the
MERC’s Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Directorate presented papers at 2014 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Macie Franklin, MERC Intern and Mercer University Technical Communications (TCO) Senior, was recently named the winner of a student design competition.
Mercer Engineering Research Center; Software Systems, Mechanical & Aerospace Project Directorates, today announced that it has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®.
MERC team wins Mercer University Intramural Flag Football Championship.
Brandy Gluvna, Cliff Hammock, and Billy Osborne, engineers from MERC’s Information Systems Division, provided support to the C-130 Hercules Division of the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center during the International Technical Program Review for Foreign Military C-130 operators held in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Robert McGinty, PE, a Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer at MERC, has developed the www.continuummechanics.org website.
Mr. Michael Rosario, a Principal Software Engineer in MERC’S Information Systems Division, served as a panelist during the Middle Georgia Digital Economy Summit on 28 Oct.
Mr. Michael Grayson, a Software Engineer in MERC’s Electronic Warfare Division, co-authored a paper which he presented at the International Association for Computer Information Systems Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
A paper co-authored by two MERC engineers recently received honors as the Paper of the Month by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International.
MERC supported Mr. Randy Matthews (AFLCMC/WLNEB) through SOF C-130 Engineering (AFLCMC/WIUE) with developing and hosting the C-130 MIL-STD-882E Hazard Tracking Database requirement as the System Safety Management System (SSMS) within MERC’s AFIRM-M system.
Nearly 100 students in second through fifth grade participated in the Georgia Kids’ Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Day, an annual event held in the Century of Flight Hangar at the Museum of Aviation.
MERC has received a Cooperative Agreement Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responders Group.
MERC participated in the USAF AFRL Airframe Digital Twin Workshop on 29-30 July 2014. The workshop was hosted by AFRL/RQVS and held in Dayton, OH.
MERC was recently invited to participate in the first Georgia Space Leadership Summit in Atlanta on 29 July.
During the two-week period of 9-20 June, a Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) appraisal was successfully completed by MERC’s Directorate of Mechanical & Aerospace Systems Engineering.
The State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy, and Technology for the German State of Bavaria, Franz Josef Pschierer, is leading a German Business and Science delegation on a one-week tour of universities and engineering research centers.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA (May 30, 2014) — MERC had the pleasure of presenting the newly completed Mercer University engineering student designed Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) during the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace (COI-A) UAS working group meeting in Atlanta on 30 May. The light weight fiber composite airframe was designed by three senior Mercer engineering
MERC participated in the Annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa FL from 20-22 May.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC CANADA (May 21, 2014) -- Mr. Greg Wood of MERC presented a technical paper at the American Helicopter Society (AHS) 70th Annual Forum in Montreal, Quebec on May 21, 2014. Greg’s paper was titled Extension of HUMS Data for Estimating Flight Severity for Helicopter Airframe Structures.
Dr. Joseph C. Richardson, MERC’s Electronic Warfare Division Manager, had a paper published in the April 2014 edition of S.T.E.M. Magazine.
Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) held its Service Awards ceremony and luncheon in the MERC auditorium on April 23.
TAMPA, FLORIDA (April 17, 2014) – MERC was a participant in the Annual Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Symposium in Tampa, FL from 14 to 17 April. The GEOINT Symposium is an annual event that brings the nation’s senior intelligence and military leaders together with industry and academia to review current requirements, challenges, and technological advancements in
WARNER ROBINS, GA (March 20, 2014) - The Mercer Bears, champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference, return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.
WARNER ROBINS, GA (March 10, 2014) - MERC engineers Peter Bryant and Steven Boswell will be among the presenters during The Association of Old Crows (AOC) 39th Annual Dixie Crow Symposium.
WARNER ROBINS, GA (February 14, 2014) - MERC recently partnered with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. to provide structural ground tests for their GOLauncher 1 Inert Test Article (GO1-ITA).
TIFTON, GA (February 11, 2014) – Mercer Engineering Research Center is providing engineering expertise and funding support for a Mercer University senior engineering project to design an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for the collection and analysis of crop data to support Georgia farmers.
WARNER ROBINS, GA (February 11, 2014) - Mercer Engineering Research Center announced the release of their new website. The site includes information on projects, services and careers.
WARNER ROBINS, GA (February 5, 2014) – MERC is a proud sponsor of the Houston Regional Science and Engineering Fair held February 5-6 at the Robins Air Force Base Museum of Aviation in the Century of Flight Hangar.