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SSC-Natick Press Release

U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Public Affairs Office

Date: September 3, 2009
No: 09-

Caitlin Quigley, student hire at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), receives a Certificate of Participation and Appreciation from Dr. Marilyn Freeman, director, NSRDEC, during the third annual "Future Workforce Poster Presentation Event" held Aug. 4 in Natick, Mass. Quigley, a student at the University of Maryland, presented a poster on "How do Liquid Crystals Protect a Soldier's Eyes?" (Photo by David J. Kamm, Strategic Communications.)

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Students showcase projects during poster event


NATICK, Mass. -- On Aug. 4, the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) here hosted the third annual "Future Workforce Poster Presentation Event."

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 like.

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 tent."

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 later.

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."




This page last updated on 4 September 2009.