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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 2015
  • Bio-electrochemical and Systems Biology Research at ARL, Adelphi, MD
  • Predispersed Organic Pigments as Coloring Agents at Uniformed Color Company, Holland, MI
  • Chemical Process Engineering in Polymer Science at Southern Polymer, Atlanta, GA
  • Biosensor Development with USCOE, Champagne, IL
  • Waste to Energy - Rotary kin Gas Technology, Cobleskill, NY
  • Improvesed Armaments, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
  • Development of Flame Retardant Compounds UL 5V, Washington, PA
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering ar ERDC-EL, Vicksburg, MS
  • Renewable Energy - Biorefineries, Ames, IA
  • Evaluation of FEM HMX in LX-14 Explosive Composition, Kingsport, TN
Life Science Program IAD(A) Opportunities for Summer 2015
  • Malaria Research, Australia
  • Physician Shadowing at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Biomedical research opportunities at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Springs, MD
  • And many more! Dozens of AIADs will be sponsored by the C&LS Department in 2015.
Chemistry Program IAD(A) Opportunities for Summer 2015
  • Flexible Carbon Nanotube Thin Film Loudspeakers, Aberdeen, MD
  • Tailored Synthesis and Characterization of Bio-Mediated Nanocluster Materials, Aberdeen, MD
  • Soldier Wearable Integrated Power System (SWIPES) Cadet Research, Aberdeen, MD
  • Analytical Metallurgy of Precious Metals at the US Mint West Point
  • Photonic Analysis and Characterization of Energetic Materials, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
  • ARDEC Pyrotechnics-formulation, life-cycle, and testing, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
  • Chemistry, Life Science and Engineering Research at Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center, Edgewood, MD
  • Hyperspectral Imagining for Food Security, Athens, GA

 

AY2015 Timeline:
Date​ ​Event
19 Nov 2014​ ​C&LS AIAD Expo (informational only)
21 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015​ ​-Winter Leave-
20 - 25 Jan 2015​ AIAD Database "open" for Cadet preferences in CIS​
​25 Feb - 6 Mar 2015 ​Cadets selected for AIADs
​12 Mar 2015 ​Summer Training Schedule published
​13 - 20 Mar 2015 ​-Spring Break-
24 May - 8 Aug 2015 ​AIAD Window
 
Points of Contact
 
Chemistry: LTC Rich Comitz, BH435A, (845) 938.3909; richard.comitz@usma.edu
Life Science: MAJ(P) Jeremy Goodin; BH438E; (845) 938.5814; jeremy.goodin@usma.edu
Chemical Eng.: MAJ Steve Winter; BH431C; (845) 938.4095; stephen.winter@usma.edu
Purdue Collab.: LTC Hailey Clancy; BH433B; (845) 938.4983; hailey.clancy@usma.edu
National Labs: Dr. Dan Schultz; BH420; (845) 938.5009; daniel.schultz@usma.edu

 

​ FAQ’s
 
Q: What one thing should I keep in mind to when applying for an AIAD slot?
A: Talk with your TAC and the AIAD Sponsor. Don’t just select a few choices and assume you will get a slot. Your summer schedule includes more than just AIADs, and open communication will help you manage your expectations. Sometimes an interview with the AIAD Sponsor is required for consideration.
 
Q: How do I make my AIAD selections? Can I apply to more than one?
A: In January, you will be given the option to select up to four AIAD choices via CIS. Many cadets do NOT get their first choice. You must meet the prerequisites, and there are a limited number of slots.
 
Q: Do Plebes really ever get selected for an AIAD?
A: YES! AIADs are primarily for rising Firsties and Cows; however, you are eligible if you meet all requirements. Each year our department has many AIAD slots that are not filled.
 
Q: Where can I find updated information on C&LS AIADs?
A: https://collab.westpoint.edu/chem/ Click the Link to the IAD Sharepoint