2016 Projects Day was Thursday, 28 APR
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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"Cadets display innovative capstone projects at Projects Day"
Story and photo by Kathy Eastwood - Staff Writer for the West Point Public Affairs Office
With about three weeks before graduation, the Class of 2015 cadets presented their capstone projects or theses April 30 at various academic buildings in the central post area for the annual Projects Day. Projects Day allows senior cadets an opportunity to present their senior theses or design projects in a public forum. Although Projects Day is mostly cadet-centered, other universities like the U.S. Air Force Academy, Columbia University, Stevens Institute of Technology and George Mason University also participated. More than 277 projects or theses from all departments were presented to guest evaluators, industry and faculty from other schools and students. “The projects have come a long way from a cadet standing in front of professors and regurgitating lessons learned in a classroom,” Dr. Elizabeth Velilla, assistant dean and director of research operations, said. “Now, these cadets are demonstrating their knowledge, understanding and application of the classroom to real-world problems. Many of the projects are a continuation of cadet experiences during the summer Advanced Individual Academic Development experiences.” Cadets also competed for the Walter W. Hollis Award, which recognizes excellence in military operations research or systems analysis. The Hollis Award is co-sponsored by the U.S. Military Academy Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Systems Engineering.
Highlights from past Projects Days
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