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Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD)

The Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) program provides cadets with an opportunity to observe and implement concepts from their education in chemistry, chemical engineering and life science over several weeks during this summer internship. The AIAD program enables cadets to perform research with leaders in government and private sector laboratories, both stateside and abroad. These unique experiences broaden cadets’ perspectives and provide them with practical advanced education related to their field of study and real-world application of science in the military.
CDT Chong '15, on the 2013 Australia Malaria research AIAD, performs DNA separation using gel electrophoresis.
Cadet Zachary Bowers,'14 and Cadet Elizabeth Moton, '15 performing fuel cell research at the Electrochemistry Branch of the Army Research Lab in Adelphi, Md.
CDT Aaron Beyea, '14, is adding various enzymes, primers, and buffers to DNA sequences. These enzymes, primers, and buffers are part of a polymerase chain reaction that will produce many copies of specified sections of DNA.
Andrew Magenau PhD and Cadet Patrick Mescher (2014) in Professor Matyjaszewski’s lab at CMU. Andrew is the group leader of the team in charge of synthesizing nanostructured polymers (NSPs).

Chemical Engineering Program IAD(A) Opportunities for Summer 2013
  • Alternative Energy Project, Chemical Engineering, West Point, NY
  • Biomaterials at ICB-UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Biomaterials and Batteries at MIT-ISN, Cambridge, MA
  • Electrochemical Detection of Munitions, Columbia University, New York City, NY
  • Microbial Fuel Cells at ARL-SEDD, Adelphi, MD
  • Counterproliferation Analysis and Planning System, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • HCCI Engine Combustion Modeling, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • Washington Penn Plastics Internship, Washington, PA
Life Science Program IAD(A) Opportunities for Summer 2013
  • Systems Biology, Biosciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM
  • Gene expression changes w/ RDX exposure to model organisms, ERDC-EL, Vicksburg, MS
  • Cellular and Molecular Events in Post-Traumatic Heterotopic Ossification, National Institute of Health and Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC
  • Developing an siRNA drug to address Heterotopic Ossification, CMU in Pittsburg, PA
  • Development of an aptamer generation system - Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Riboswitches in Prokaryotes at U of MD College Park, Maryland
  • Metabolomics Research at West Point and U of Washington
  • Microbial Gene Expression at ARL-SEDD in Adelphi, MD
  • Malaria Research, Australia
  • Physician Shadowing at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Chemistry Program IAD(A) Opportunities for Summer 2013
  • Use of Surface Enhanced Raman in Munitions Detection, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD
  • Testing of Biochemical Protective Wear, Battelle, Columbus Ohio
  • Hyperspectral Imagery Data Collection and Analysis, USMA
  • Propellant Synthesis and Quality Assurance, Redstone Arsenal, AL
  • Pyrotechnic Materials Development and Testing, RDECOM, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
  • Cloud Computing and Applications in Chemistry, USMA
  • Application GP-GPU’s in Chemistry: The Next Generation Super Computers, USMA