Soldiers + Engineers +Designers = Innovation

TARDEC's third Soldier Innovation Workshop, Dec. 16-18, brought together Soldiers, design students and Army engineers to create ideations that will inform the concept and requirements of an Early Entry Combat Vehicle capability for the Army. (U.S. Army photo)

TARDEC’s third Soldier Innovation Workshop, Dec. 16-18, brought together Soldiers, design students and Army engineers to create ideations that will inform the concept and requirements of an Early Entry Combat Vehicle capability for the Army. (U.S. Army photo)

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A Soldier’s perspective and a designer’s creative touch are proving to be vital tools when developing ground vehicle concepts.

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center hosted three Soldier Innovation Workshops in 2013 to bring together Soldiers, students and engineers to create concepts for new military technologies.

The most recent workshop pulled together Soldiers primarily from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, along with transportation design students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and engineers from TARDEC and other labs and research centers. Working together, the CCS industrial design students drew more than 180 ideations that will inform the concept and requirements of an Early Entry Combat Vehicle capability for the Army.

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Students inject new ideas into military designs

Students inject new ideas into military designs
DETROIT ARSENAL, WARREN, MI — Seventeen talented design students spent last semester researching military vehicles to brainstorm new fuel-efficient concepts.

In a unique partnership with the Army, students from the The College for Creative Studies in Detroit covered design principles, drawing, rendering techniques and digital modeling while working closely with engineers from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s tank and automotive center.

The Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center launched the program to harnesses government, industry and academic solutions and provide the “next-generation of fuel-efficient ground vehicles,” officials said.

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