REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Nov. 6, 2018) -- The U.S. Army recognized two engineers from the Research, Development, and Engineering Command, Aviation & Missile Center, also known as AMRDEC, for obtaining patents on defense-related inventions.Col. Eric Rannow, AMRDEC military deputy, presented Christina Brantley and Bruce Hughes with a patent plaque and the AMRDEC coin of excellence Nov. 6 for their creativity improving technology.
Christina Brantley was a co-inventor on US Patent No. 8,842,281 B2 -- "System and Method for Detecting the Amount of Stabilizer Degradation in Solid Rocket Propellant." The new method helps determine the amount of degradation of stabilizer in solid state rocket fuel by measuring the intensity of either back scattered, reflected or transmitted light in the solid state rocket fuel. Other inventors include Eugene Edwards, Paul B. Ruffin, and Fang Luo from State College, Pa.Bruce Hughes was the inventor on US Patent No. 9,788,436 B2 -- "Method of Making a Non-planar Circuit Board with Embedded Electronic Components on a Mandrel." The method allows a non-planar printed circuit board to be manufactured into different shapes with embedded electronic components. Cylindrical, hemispherical and other non-planar conformal geometries can be produced.Cindy Wallace, deputy chief of AMRDEC's technology transfer office, was also given an AMRDEC coin for her efforts establishing an invention recognition program within the center. The program was established in 2008 and has recognized approximately 50 inventors since established."One of AMRDEC's missions is to ensure that the technologies developed and created for aviation and missile use are turned into new and/or improved products and processes that benefit the Warfighter, Americans, and the economy," said Rannow. It is through the process of technology creation that AMRDEC maximizes the benefits of the nation's investment in cutting-edge research and technology. This past year alone, AMRDEC invested $300M in science and technology efforts toward advancing and protecting aviation and missile technologies and potential commercial technologies for licensing opportunities."AMRDEC has a wealth of knowledge and expertise when it comes to developing and fielding cutting edge technology," Rannow said. "Patents allow us to foster open competition and drive down cost of acquisition, enabling us to better support soldiers in the field at a reduced, [more] affordable rate.""AMRDEC's employees work diligently to improve technologies supporting the Warfighter, so it is an honor for them to be recognized today," said Wallace. AMRDEC's portfolio of technologies range from a variety of areas such as fluid handling, measuring and testing, ammunition and explosives, explosive and thermic compositions or charges, radio frequency sensors, among others. According to Wallace, many of the patents have both defense and commercial applications.The technology transfer office continuously seeks opportunities in which Army innovations can be licensed for commercial applications, and seeks industry partners for cooperative research and development agreement opportunities to research, develop, or modify existing or new technologies, Wallace said.---The Aviation & Missile Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint Warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.