The 19th Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy (ARL/USMA) technical symposium

December 13, 2011

Story Highlights

  • 19th Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy (ARL/USMA) technical symposium conference that was held in Atlantic City, Nov. 7-9, 2011.
  • Military and civilians recently gathered to talk about various aspects of their ongoing research efforts that were conducted over the past year.
  • Col. Lary Chinowsky, special assistant to the Army Chief Scientist, provided the keynote address at the awards dinner program where seven cadets were recognized for their significant accomplishments.

More than 160 people attended the 19th Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy (ARL/USMA) technical symposium conference that was held in Atlantic City, Nov. 7-9, 2011.

The symposium provided a forum for USMA faculty - both military and civilian, to present and talk about various aspects of their ongoing research efforts that were conducted over the past year. USMA faculty members and cadets worked in collaboration with ARL scientists and engineers.

In addition to several breakout sessions that included, but were not limited to, overviews and research opportunities within ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center and ARL's Human Research and Engineering Directorate, the agenda incorporated an informative poster session where attendees were able to share their research and mingle with others attending the conference.

"This is the first time that we held the poster session during lunchtime," said Maj. Anthony Johnson, Ph.D., academy professor and director of the Mathematical Sciences Center of Excellence and coordinator for this year's event. "And, it was by design that we only set up 80 chairs in the ballroom - we wanted to ensure people got up and walked around to the various stations."

Johnson said he was pleased with the amount of interaction between the cadets, scientists and faculty members - and found it very successful.

Col. Lary Chinowsky, special assistant to the Army Chief Scientist, provided the keynote address at the awards dinner program where seven cadets were recognized for their significant accomplishments.

"It's about Soldiers - it's about boots on the ground," said Chinowsky. "We're in a changing world and we need to do more with less - that's the environment we live in today."

Chinowsky stressed the importance of ensuring Soldiers have the right capabilities and are provided the technologies to empower, unburden and protect them in an environment of persistent conflict.

"How do we protect the Soldiers," asked Chinowsky. "We get things lighter - then we add more things and keep giving them more and more stuff - how do we lesson the load? We need to ensure the Soldier is taken care of in all aspects - it's all about the Soldiers."

Following the keynote address and presentations to the cadets, Johnson recognized and presented Joseph Gamson, ARL physical scientist, a USMA coffee mug for his invaluable support in helping to plan the event.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: December 13, 2011