MERC Attends 52nd Annual Association of Old Crows (AOC) International Symposium

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 Heithold, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC); Air Commodore Madelein Spit, Royal Netherlands Air Force; and Lt Gen (Ret) David Deptula, former USAF/A-2.  Each brought a special emphasis on the challenges and opportunities that exist with the integration of cyber, information operations, and electronic warfare.  In addition to the keynote speakers, there were twelve general sessions on topics ranging from technology, critical infrastructure, organizing, planning, and resourcing.

There was also a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach program focused on students interested in potential STEM careers.  Several interactive stations were set up for students, including  radio frequency spectrum, communications, radar, electronic warfare, cyber, Counter Radio Electronic Warfare (CREW), robots, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  The STEM program ended with a “day in the life of an engineer.”


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

To learn more, please visit MERC's website at