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Popular Science Names Battelle’s DroneDefender the 'Best of What’s New' for 2017

Battelle, Rare Earth Salts Team on Department of Energy Project

Battelle technologies protecting people against biological agents, counterfeit electronics and nefarious drones will greet attendees at the annual AUSA conference opening today.

Battelle today introduced a new, improved version of the popular and highly effective DroneDefender device at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference’s Technology Symposium.

Battelle has expanded its support for quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education with a new announcement. Today, KIPP Columbus officially opened the Battelle Environmental Center on its 124-acre campus. Construction of the center was funded by $3 million grant from Battelle in 2014. Adding to that, Battelle announced a new, additional $1 million investment in the school.

Battelle has once again successfully proven its robotic collision avoidance software, PathPlan™, in a live demonstration on a life-size mock-up of an air inlet duct of a multi-million dollar military aircraft.

Today, LIFT—Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a national ManufacturingUSA institute, in partnership with Battelle, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, and Tennessee Tech University’s iCube, launched MakerMinded, an online STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning and educational activity platform. The MakerMinded campaign helps impassion students about advanced manufacturing and provides them with transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards advanced manufacturing careers.

Battelle’s DroneDefender™ defeats drones. Dedrone’s platform alerts to the presence of rogue and unauthorized drones in protected airspace. The two market-leading companies announced today they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will explore ways to create an end-to-end solution to provide complete airspace security for our country’s most sensitive infrastructure.

The newest achievement of NeuroLife takes science a step closer to realistically fixing paralysis.

The future of naval technologies will be on display underwater, on the surface and in the air Aug. 15 and 16.

Canine and explosives experts are reaching out to state and local law enforcement across the country, assisted by Battelle researchers, to better understand current capability gaps and to provide vital education, testing, and training to the nearly 4,000 canine teams working in those agencies.

Each year, federal and defense authorities stage an event to test new technologies designed to counter the burgeoning threat of rogue or nefarious Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 25, 2017)—Most computers are run by x86 processors. Most security tools cannot check hardware for vulnerabilities, in the way they can probe software. Now, Battelle has developed a new way to peek into these processors to reveal the inner workings of what has been referred to as an inaccessible “black box.”

SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2017)—Battelle subsidiary SeeByte has achieved a leadership position in the development of smart software for underwater vehicles, sensors and systems for both the military and oil and gas sectors. Battelle is now modifying the structure of SeeByte to transfer control of U.S. subsidiary SeeByte Inc. based in San Diego, California, directly to Battelle.

Battelle announced today it has received a Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Homeland Defense & Security Technical Area Task (HD TAT) award supporting the National Guard Bureau (NGB) Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division. The award has a total value of $13,781,575 with a 35-month period of performance.

Battelle’s Board of Directors announced today that Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer has been selected as President and CEO of Battelle, the 9th CEO in the company’s 87-year history. Von Thaer, who has extensive leadership experience in diverse markets including engineering, intelligence, and other federal contracting sectors, will officially begin his new role on October 1, 2017. He comes to Battelle from DynCorp International where he has served as CEO since July 2015.

Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) technologies, also referred to as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), just got a lot closer to implementation in crime labs. A Battelle study for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) demonstrates that the technology provides the accuracy, reproducibility and sensitivity needed to support forensic investigations.

Battelle will begin helping the U.S. Army combat support and services achieve technical breakthroughs and overcome sustainment challenges under a new five-year, $20 million contract.

From engineering design to theatrical sign language, computer science to agriculture, Central Ohio students will have a range of new learning opportunities outside of the classroom thanks to grants from Battelle.

Battelle announced today the expansion of its public health research center beyond tobacco to include research on the physical and behavioral effects of other substances, notably marijuana and opioids.

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