In 1993, the Director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy (USMA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing the Mathematical Sciences Center (MSC) in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The MSC serves a multidimensional purpose with emphasis on uniting the unique capabilities of these organizations in a manner that benefits ARL, USMA faculty and cadets, and ultimately, the United States Army. Since its inception, the number of participants in the various MSC programs has continued to grow as knowledge of this cooperative agreement disseminates throughout ARL, USMA and the Army research community.
The ARL/USMA Technical Symposium (AUTS) provides a forum for USMA faculty, both military and civilian, to present and discuss various aspects of their collaborative research conducted over the past year. The Proceedings this year document the ongoing research efforts of 15 USMA faculty members and over 40 cadets working in collaboration with more than 30 ARL scientists and engineers. The range of topics addressed in the various papers convey the diversity of current research interests of the program participants, and are representative of the potential for future expansion of the ARL/USMA Faculty Research Program.
For the past 22 years, we have conducted a joint technical symposium between the Army Research Laboratory and the United States Military Academy. The primary purpose for the symposium is to provide a forum where West Point Cadets and Faculty present and discuss various aspects on ARL-related research they conducted over the past year to the ARL Director, ARL Directorate Heads and Scientists, and other West Point Faculty and visitors. It also creates an opportunity for West Point Faculty and ARL Scientists to discuss future collaborative research opportunities.
Sessions will primarily focus on ARL-related and other agency research conducted by USMA faculty and cadets. The sessions will also serve as a forum for faculty and cadets to see what research opportunities are available. Therefore, we ask that scientists from each ARL Directorate attend and present opportunities for collaborative research.
Audio Visual: Laptops will be available in each session room.
The Mathematical Sciences Center
The MSC provides a focal point for research activities in the mathematical sciences that extends beyond both the Department of Mathematical Sciences and USMA, with the hope of developing lasting outreach affiliations. These outreach activities involve all USMA departments. In 2008, USMA faculty researchers from the departments of Mathematics, Physics, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Behavioral Science and Leadership, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and Chemistry and Life Sciences conducted collaborative research with ARL through the MSC.
The current MSC staffing includes:
LTC Krista Watts, Director, Mathematical Sciences Center
Dr. Nicholas Fell, Scientist, Army Research Laboratory
Ms. Tish Torgerson, Acting Director of Research Operations
Ms. Nancy-Jo Lewis, Administrator and Conference Coordinator
The views expressed in these Proceedings are those of the authors, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the United States Military Academy, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
For additional copies of the Proceedings, information about the MSC, research opportunities with ARL/USMA, or Cadet summer AIADs, please contact:
Mathematical Sciences Center
Department of Mathematical Sciences
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996-1786
Commercial phone: (845) 938-7685