Students Learn About Employment in Bioeffects
At a recent presentation from three professionals from the Bioeffects Division in the United States Air Force (USAF), students at Northeast Lakeview College with an interest in mathematics received an overview of what opportunities are available in the Bioeffects field. The presenters discussed their job duties and the skills needed to acquire these jobs and focused on the various aspects of the Bioeffects Division of the USAF, including both civilian and commissioned employment. They discussed how classes in mathematics and science can lead to these careers.
The Bioeffects Division is part of the Air Force Research Laboratory and is located at Joint Base San Antonio- Ft Sam Houston in a new facility called the Tri-Service Research Laboratory (the Air Force is collocated with the Army and Navy). The scope of the research involves lasers, radio frequency radiation, and protection from toxic compounds. Therefore, the research team includes physicists, health physicists, biologists, chemists, bioengineers, mathematicians, optometrists, physicians, computer modeling scientists, psychologists, and others.
Each presenter provided tips for reaching career goals including a quote by Dr. Ibey, “always have a plan, but don’t be married to it.”
The event was sponsored by the Math Club at Northeast Lakeview College. View some photographs
from the presentation online.
The three members of this research team who visited with about 80 Northeast Lakeview College students were Captain Andrew D. Atkinson, Chief, Directed Energy Analysis of the Radio Frequency Bioeffects Branch; Dr. Hope Beier, Research Biomedical Engineer with the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Optical Bioeffects Branch; and Dr. Ibey, Biomedical Engineer at the Radio Frequency Bioefffects Branch.