NAVAIR Engineers Win 2017 DOD Maintenance Innovation Challenge

Materials engineers Andrea Boxell and Justin Massey, right, are joined by Deputy Commander Fleet Readiness Centers Martin Ahmad as they receive the 2017 DOD Maintenance Innovation Challenge award during the DOD Maintenance Symposium Dec. 5 in Salt Lake City. Massey and Boxell, along with NAVAIR materials engineer Rob Thompson, won the award for their work with the Diffuse Reflectance Infared Fourier Transform (DRIFT) portable spectrometer, a Non-destructive Inspection (NDI) tool that detects chemical changes to composite materials that have been exposed to excessive heat.