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ProjectsDay_600x600.png2017 Projects Day is Thursday, 04 MAY

Each year, hundreds of cadets from all academic departments participate in Projects Day by presenting a design project or thesis. Whether individually or as a team, cadets demonstrate their ability to integrate academic and military knowledge and skills, as well as demonstrate presentation and communications skills. The event also gives cadets a chance to explore majors, learn from examples, and fulfill an integrative experience requirement.

POC: Dr. Elizabeth Velilla, Institute for Innovation and Development



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Projects Day: Integral in Building Critical and Independent Leaders of Character
by Dr. Elizabeth V. Velilla and Mr. Besim Hoxha, Institute for Innovation and Development
Projects Day is an annual event that first took place in 2000 and has developed in size and scope each succeeding year. USMA Projects Day 2017 brings together cadets from all 15 of USMA’s academic and military training departments as well as students from 18 visiting colleges and schools. During this day cadets and students display intellectual capital through capstone design projects, competition projects, thesis defenses, poster displays, individual and group performances, and film screenings and presentations. Projects Day showcases the results of the in-depth learning that cadets experience while at West Point and through engagement with various organizations in the United States and around the world. Projects Day promotes USMA’s vision to “educate and inspire leaders of character who think critically, internalize their professional identity, and employ their education to help build the Army and the Nation’s future.”
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Projects Day enables cadets to engage real world problems and develop the critical thinking skills needed to solve these problems in a fast changing operational environment. Cadets, under the direction of faculty members, develop their projects after having engaged in various AIAD’s, research projects and other academic activities. Highlights of Projects Day include presentations in various languages to fellow cadets, faculty, clients/sponsors, and, in some instances, to a group of guest evaluators.
Projects Day illustrates the diversity of challenges our cadets undertake. These projects represent the best of cadet intellect, creativity and tenacity. The Chief of Staff of the Army, General Milley, has leveraged this work to advance the Warfighter. The TRADOC Commander is applying the work done at USMA to the Army Warfighting Challenges which directly supports Army operations. Above all, cadets also undertake various social projects such as providing support to local nonprofit organizations, engaging in cultural and socioeconomic problems, supporting efforts for clean water in various developing countries, improving the lives of our Soldiers, and contributing to the scientific knowledge, etc.

The table below highlights topical scope that cadets are engaged in.

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The depth of research and the opportunity to engage with contemporary and critical problems would not have been possible without USMA’s leadership, our world class faculty and, most importantly, our generous sponsors. USMA faculty and staff tirelessly guide and mentor cadets to new heights. The passion for teaching and developing future “leaders of character who think critically, internalize their professional identity, and employ their education to help build the Army and the nation’s future” is evident in each of these capstone design projects, competition projects, thesis defenses, poster displays, individual and group performances, film screenings, and presentations (Jebb, 2017). Over 140 sponsors have enabled USMA to blend teaching with knowledge, theory, and application to topics relevant for our Army and the worl
Project presentations will be held in various academic buildings throughout the post including Thayer Hall, Mahan Hall, Lincoln Hall, Washington Hall, Jefferson Hall, Bartlett Hall, Building 606 (Law), Kimsey Center and the West Point Club Ballroom. For the second consecutive year, the Projects Day App is avialable for smart phones, tablets and computers and creates a perfect environment for all stakeholders to engage and collaborate. USMA staff, faculty, and cadets from all four graduate classes as well as our guests and visitors are able to use the app to view the Projects Day 2017 schedule in advance, search projects, build a personal schedule, view information about our sponsors, and most importantly, interact with our cadets and provide valuable feedback. Student presentations are identified in the program by time of day and affiliated department. Maps of West Point and of the central area buildings where the presentations are held are provided in the program. Although students from the United States Military Academy comprise the largest group of presenters, students from visiting schools have become more active in the event during recent years.
Cadets will be competing for the annual Scott R. Clark (USMA 1985) Innovation for Soldiers Award, presented to a cadet project that demonstrates an innovative approach to solving a problem of direct application to the soldier in the field. Additionally, cadets will be competing for the Walter W. Hollis Award that recognizes excellence in Operations Research or Systems Analysis. The US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Army Warfighting Challenges Award is presented to the USMA Cadets whose projects best demonstrate potential solutions to support the future Warfighter. The projects must directly support one or more of the twenty Army Warfighting Challenges ranging from Security Force Assistance to Maneuver Warfare. Each department has the opportunity to nominate multiple projects to compete for the award.
Welcome to all guests of Projects Day, especially judges, students, and faculty members from visiting schools. Welcome also to our special guests of the Academy and the West Point Association of Graduates. Thanks to all of you for your significant contributions that support West Point and the Long Gray Line.

Highlights from past Projects Days
Firstie Daniel Lee demonstrates an invention designed to use Soldiers Cadet Gerrit Van Ommering explains the modifications he made to the defensive barrier system which earned him top prize at the 2013 MIT Soldier Design Competition. Cadets Janelle Runion and Rachel Pauley present CAVIAR, an autonomous system to allow seeing-impaired Soldiers a way to enjoy recreational or competitive rowing on their own with the aid of technology. The AVARS project enables individual robots within a swarm to detect vulnerability while providing continous network coverage to mobile clients in a tactical environment. 
Cadets Larraine Saavedra and Nicki Warner wanted to know if an outer vestibule design would increase hygiene, comfort and efficiency in the SIP-Hut used by deployed Soldiers. Cadets Michael Williams and Benton Beltramo presented a modeling approach to identifying high-risk areas for vehicular collisions in the Newburgh-Middletown urban area.


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