NATICK, Mass. -- On Aug. 4, the
Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC)
here hosted the third annual "Future Workforce Poster Presentation
During the event, student hires from the NSRDEC
showcase programs and projects they have worked on throughout their time at
NSRDEC. Dr. Marilyn Freeman, director, NSRDEC, encouraged the students to not
only share what they did, but what they learned and what their experience was
Students were excited to share their information.
Adrienne Beaudoin, a Career Related Experience in
Science and Technology (CREST) student working for NSRDEC's Workforce
Development Team, said hosting the event lets the students display their
projects to the workforce, in addition to their team leaders and supervisors.
"It's important for the workforce
to view the wide range of projects in which students are involved
here at Natick, and students really look forward to the event as a
culminating event of the summer to share what they have
accomplished," she said.
Allyson Stoyle, who attends Worcester Polytechnic
Institute (WPI), majoring in chemical engineering, worked for the Shelters,
Technology, Engineering and Fabrication Directorate (STEFD), for her first
summer this year. Her poster topic was "Fabric Structure Protection: Chem-Bio
Protection." She told attendees how contractors and new employees can be
overwhelmed by the amount of information involved with protection for shelters,
so she gathered, combined and edited the information down to a 20-page paper to
provide a basic understanding of the key areas.
Saying she really enjoyed her experience working
at the NSRDEC, Stoyle added, "It has been eye opening about the military. I
didn't realize the complexity, technology that goes into what is essentially a
Working for the Warrior Systems Technology
Integration Team this year and at the NSRDEC for his third summer, Matthew
Krasnecky, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, showcased his work on
"Blast Test Device." The idea was to hang charges that could measure the
pressure waves of blasts, he said, and then take the data to see if there was
lung injury sustained. The information could then be used to create test
methodologies to gauge the effectiveness of different types of body armor. He
mentioned he really sees the importance of this effort.
A student who was able to use her
psychology major directly was Christina Roylance, who attends New
York University. While working her first summer at the NSRDEC, in
the Warfighter Science, Technology and Applied Research (WarSTAR)
Directorate, she was able to work on food research, and specifically
how emotion and environment play a factor. While doing a small pilot
study of Soldiers and civilians, she discovered some interesting
facts. For instance, Soldiers rated diverse foods higher and they
more frequently missed meals without realizing it than civilians.
Roylance hopes her information will assist other researchers.
Regarding her experience at NSRDEC, she said she was "grateful for
the opportunity," and is certain the work done here will help her
Samuel Corner, another student
from WPI, working at the NSRDEC for his third summer, presented on
"Tensile Properties of Parachute Suspension Lines." He mentioned the
impetus for his project was when a professor from WPI wanted to
create computer simulations of parachute modeling, but needed a way
to figure out the modulus elasticity of the suspension lines. Corner
helped establish a pull test methodology and way to measure the
information. He appreciates the fact his work is hands-on. "For me,
it's better than textbooks," he explained.
More than 40 students participated
in the event and there was a great deal of interaction between the
students and the workforce. The Workforce Development Team also
received a large amount of feedback indicating a great deal of
interest in the work the students are completing, noting the large
variety of topics covered, as well as support for this event to
continue in the future.
Beaudoin said hosting the event
keeps the students involved with the NSRDEC community. "Students are
able to make valuable connections with the workforce, as well as
showcasing the truly impressive research and projects accomplished
over the summer. We received a great amount of positive feedback,
and we look forward to continuing this event next year."