MERC Attends 53rd Annual Association of Old Crows International Symposium and Convention

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 leaders from the US and allied partners.  Speakers included representatives from the United States, Australia, Netherlands, Israel, Canada, Korea, Ukraine, Italy, Norway, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia.  Each brought a special emphasis on the challenges and opportunities that exist in Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) including the integration of cyber, information operations, and electronic warfare.

In addition to the keynote speakers there were thirteen general sessions dealing with topics ranging from technology, critical infrastructure, organizing, planning and resourcing.  The exhibit hall had over 100 international companies showing the latest and greatest technologies and products.

One of the additions to the symposium was the second Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach program.  This program focused on students interested in potential STEM careers and provided interactive stations set up for 600 students.  Students will learn the basic concepts of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, the physics of radio and RADAR transmissions, and the concepts behind Cyber vulnerabilities and Cyber security.


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.

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