SSC-Natick Press ReleaseU.S. Army Soldier Systems
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: February 4, 2008
Wilson Middle School students visit the Natick Soldier Research,
Development and Engineering Center
Students from the Wilson Middle School in Natick, Mass., get to
try out parachutes during their visit to the Natick Soldier
Research, Development and Engineering Center Jan. 17. (Photo by
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NATICK, Mass. --
On Jan. 17, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and
Engineering Center's (NSRDEC) Women in Science and Engineering
(WISE) Program here hosted a visit and tour for more than 200
students from the Wilson Middle School in Natick, Mass.
Joanna Sharp, the coordinator for the day's event, began with a
short welcome. She said she hoped the day would provide the students
with a better understanding of the research and development efforts
that go on in the NSRDEC and also encourage them to explore
educational opportunities in the science and engineering fields.
After, Dr. Marilyn Freeman, director of the NSRDEC, provided some
information about herself, her career working for the Army, and the
NSRDEC. Dr. Freeman told the students that the center focuses on
what Soldiers' wear, eat, carry and use everyday. "We want to do
whatever is needed to ensure Soldiers have the best possible
equipment," she said, "and to keep them safe." Dr. Freeman mentioned
NSRDEC not only supports the current fight, things you might see on
the news, but also looks to the future. "We look 30 years out," she
After some interactive questions, she closed her presentation by
asking the students to think about the science and engineering
behind what they see. "After 20 years, I still love coming to work,"
Following Dr. Freeman, a short video detailing some of the NSRDEC
mission areas was shown. Two Soldiers stationed at Natick, Sgt. 1st
Class Benjamin Lewis and Sgt. 1st Class Peter Niemeyer, then spoke
about their personal experiences.
Tours were next, with stops all over the installation. Some areas
shown included: the Doriot Climatic Chambers, various locations
within the Combat Feeding Directorate, a presentation on parachutes,
the Center for Military Biomechanics Research, Altitude Chamber,
Shelters, the Science of Plastics, and Protective Eyewear.
The teachers continually praise the tour as one of the best that the
middle school gets to attend during the year.