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Environmental Individual Advanced Development (IAD) Opportunities
IAD Number TBD: US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Cadets will participate in one of several ongoing projects within Corps of Engineers districts or laboratories across the country. Locations in past years included Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN; New York City, NY; Vicksburg, MS, Baltimore, MD. The dates for this AIAD are flexible and can occur in any one of the training blocks this summer. For information contact MAJ Dietz, WH5400, Ext 4400.

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IAD Number 11364: U.S. Army Public Health Command

Cadets will perform an internship hosted by the U.S. Army Public Health Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Cadets will participate in environmental engineering studies in the subjects of drinking water, hazardous waste management, air pollution, or wastewater treatment. TDY travel from Aberdeen Proving Ground is likely for hands-on work. The prerequisites for this AIAD are successful completion of EV385B or EV350, Introduction to Environmental Engineering. It is also preferred to have EV401 (Physical and Chemical Treatment). The dates for this AIAD are flexible.

For information contact CPT Lewandowski, WH5400, Ext 3124.

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IAD Number 11363: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the central point of contact within the Federal Government for a wide range of emergency management activities in both peace and war. FEMA s mission is to support America s citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Cadets will conduct an internship with FEMA by supporting one of the 10 regional offices in their emergency management role. The internship will vary based on academic background, but may include hazard mitigation activities, operational-level exercises, or conducting reviews of standard operating procedures covering anticipated emergencies in the nation. It may also include working with public or private organizations involved with life- and property-threatening emergencies. The prerequisite for this AIAD is EV203. The dates for this AIAD are flexible.

For information contact MAJ Dietz, WH5400, Ext 4400.

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IAD Number TBD: Engineers Without Borders (EWB) El Salvador

Cadets will participate in an Engineers Without Borders project in a village in El Salvador. The project will be focused on assessing, improving, and implementing basic water and sanitation practices and infrastructure to assist the local community. This IAD is designed to immerse Cadets into a local community in El Salvador, gain an appreciation for their needs, and put their educational background into practice to improve the quality of life for the local population.

For information contact MAJ Sugrue, WH5315, Ext 3093.

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IAD Number 11368: Field sampling at West Point Artillery Range

The U.S. military operates munitions test and training ranges covering tens of millions of acres of land and waters throughout the United States. Many active and formerly used Defense sites have soil, sediment, surface water, and groundwater environments contaminated with explosives as a result of munitions fired, dropped, and disposed of on those ranges.

Assessing watershed-scale impacts of contaminated sites on water quality is a major component towards determining long-term military installation sustainability. Correspondingly, it is necessary to estimate those quantities and attempt to determine how they move. Cadets and faculty will collect field data that will be used to calibrate and validate a contaminant transport model, which has been developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). Cadets will take readings and use automated sampling devices to collect samples in the watershed adjacent to the artillery impact area.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Butkus, WH5317, Ext.2820
IAD Number TBD: Renewable Energy in Uganda 

This IAD is a collaborative research project to implement and test waste-to-energy projects; specifically biogas systems in Uganda. Biogas systems utilize microbial processes under anaerobic conditions to produce a methane rich gas that is directly combusted to as a fuel to meet basic needs such as indoor lighting or cooking. Together with researchers from the University of Wisconsin as well as governmental, educational (university-level), non-profit, and commercial/private energy sectors in the US and Uganda, this research experience will include a 2 week survey and data collection experience to further evaluate the role of biogas in Uganda and the potential for integration of low technology solutions to meet energy needs from human waste streams in austere conditions. As part of this educational experience, Cadets will travel to Uganda to test and evaluate these systems firsthand. The Cadets will meet with both policymakers as well as local communities to understand the role of biogas as part of the national strategy. Cadets will also investigate the technological components associated with biogas systems by working with a Ugandan engineer to construct these systems. The department intends to select a multi-disciplinary team comprised of Cadets with an expressed interest in community-driven projects to help meet basic needs in the developing world.

For information contact LTC Starke, WH5312, Ext 4625.

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IAD Number 11016: Aberdeen Proving Ground Natural Resources

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Natural Resources Branch, Maryland is seeking two cadets: one cadet an opportunity to be involved in a landscape level forestry inventory to develop a sustainable forest management plan, and another cadet an opportunity to develop a program to comply with recent Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements for the Chesapeake Bay. The forestry inventory would afford a cadet an opportunity to work with a licensed forester in field data collection and interpretation of field data for the development of landscape level forestry inventories.

The TMDL study would provide a cadet an opportunity to work with the Chesapeake Bay Program Manager in the inventory and subsequent calculations of Aberdeen Proving Ground's 'pollution load' from both point and non- point sources to the Chesapeake Bay." The dates for each AIAD are flexible.

For information contact LTC Smith, WH5324, Ext 3136.

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IAD Number 11366: Opportunities with the US Army Environmental Command (USAEC)

The US Army Environmental Command's (USAEC) mission is to lead and execute environmental programs and provide environmental expertise that enables Army training, operations, acquisition and sustainable military communities. The selected cadets will participate in an environmental research activity important to USAEC: sustainable installations, communities and military operations; environmental performance assessments; active sites cleanup; environmental planning for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), modularity, global defense posture, re-stationing and growth of the Army; environmental reporting and information management; weapons system acquisition support; environmental technology transfer; environmental legislative and regulatory analysis. Prerequisites for this AIAD are to be a rising Cow or Firstie, an environmental engineering or science major (or taking the environmental engineering sequence), with a strong interest in the environment. The dates for this AIAD are flexible.

For information, contact LTC Smith, WH5324, Ext 3136.

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