Air Force Research Lab partners with UAF, providing educational opportunities to Fairbanks students

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 3:27 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The University of Alaska Fairbanks has recently signed a new 5-year Educational Partnership Agreement with the Air Force Research Lab, allowing them to loan laboratory equipment to the university, provide AFRL science and engineering specialists to teach science courses, provide internship opportunities to students, and involve both students and faculty in national defense research projects.

We spoke with the Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Alaska Satellite Facility Director Nettie La Belle-Hamer to learn more.

“The agreement is mutually beneficial. So what we’re putting together is a pipeline. We call it that when we bring in students, and we bring them through programs in particular studies. The one that were focused on currently is LIDAR. Which is some of the laser work that we do out of Poker Flat, because that’s the interest of the Air Force Research Lab at this time. We’re also interested in it, we have several scientists here who work with the LIDAR, looking at ionosphereic effects,” La Belle-Hamer said.

These programs should be of particular interest for students with a focus on physics and engineering.

“We can put in educational programs like certificates or degrees that Air Force personnel can come and learn. On the flip side students here can go into the same coursework and perhaps get a job with the Air Force,” La Belle-Hamer said.

With this 5-year program in place the university will continue to advance it’s scientific programs and provide for it’s students as we continue on into the new decade.

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