Natick, West Point continue collaborative research

NSRDEC’s Melvin Jee discusses the latest in shelter technologies for contingency basing with visitors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The visit was hosted by NSRDEC’s Henry Girolamo (third from left). Girolamo is the driving force behind a partnership between NSRDEC and West Point to develop innovative Soldier technologies. (U.S. Army photo by David Kamm)

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NATICK, Mass. (Dec. 18, 2015) Henry Girolamo sees endless possibilities for developing new capabilities for the Soldier under the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center’s collaboration with the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Girolamo is the lead, Emerging Concepts & Technologies, Warfighter Directorate, at NSRDEC, and he is the driving force behind the partnership. He developed and implemented the collaboration, serves as the NSRDEC point of contact and continues to manage the effort, which was formalized in 2014 under a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU. The USMA key point of contact is Lt. Col. Phil Root with Lt. Col. Paul Evangelista serving as the alternate.

The three-year MOU involves joint research projects and the sharing of training sites, research staff, historical data, field equipment and facilities. At the end of each academic year, several NSRDEC technologies are deployed with cadets during USMA Cadet Leadership Development Training.

For the academic year 2015 to 2016, NSRDEC/USMA will continue research begun last year under the MOU in several areas, including shelter technologies; Soldier microclimate conditioning; biomechanics-focused load carriage solutions; and anthropometric female helmet fit analysis. The new academic year would also continue NSRDEC/USMA’s involvement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Warrior Web program, which aims to develop a soft, lightweight under-suit that would protect against injury and reduce stress on joints. NSRDEC is working to ensure DARPA’s technology can be integrated into existing Soldier equipment.

For the academic year 2015–16, NSRDEC/USMA have initiated three new areas of research, including meteorological sensing that supports aerial delivery systems; rotor guards and landing chassis to improve durability and enable capabilities for the NSRDEC Soldier-Borne Sensor in micro-unmanned aerial vehicles; and enhancing the potential for vertical takeoff and landing of the platform for micro-unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance in subterranean tunnels. Continue reading

U.S. Military Academy seeks to enhance science, technology ties with RDECOM

The U.S. Military Academy seeks to enhance science, technology ties with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

The U.S. Military Academy seeks to enhance science, technology ties with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2012) — The U.S. Military Academy educates and trains future Army leaders. The school produces 19 percent of the Army’s officers each year, but officials said they account for 75 percent of those with STEM degrees — Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics.

The school partners with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command for internships, funding and special projects. Leaders from across the Army’s technology command met at the school Sept. 11, to discuss enhancing their partnership.

“As what we give to Soldiers becomes more technologically complex, it becomes even more important that officers have a strong foundation in math, science and engineering to understand the basis for these systems,” said RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond. “As you increase the technical complexity of the equipment you use, it’s very important to have technical competence.”

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Laboratory broadens student’s horizons

Laboratory broadens student's horizons

Each summer the U.S. Army Research Laboratory welcomes cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to work on research projects alongside the laboratory’s top scientists and engineers. This year, Cadet Zachary Brownlee spent several weeks working at the Adelphi Laboratory Center located in Adelphi, Md. under the direction of ARL researcher Dr. Deryn Chu.

As part of the Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) program, Brownlee was provided a long list of organizations where he could participate in a summer internship. He chose to come to ARL to work in a fuel cell lab in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate’s Electro-Chemistry Branch.

“I wanted to come here because I wasn’t familiar with fuel cell technology,” Brownlee said. “I thought it would be interesting, worthwhile, and a great learning experience to spend time with subject matter experts in this field.”

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