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Picatinny Personnel share expertise at West Point Science Seminar

Picatinny at West Point
Members from Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey came to West Point for a
two-day science seminar for plebes, May 11-12. The seminar was designed
to allow cadets to fuse what they have learned in class and observe
how that can be translated into modern equipment for the military.

Cadets, primarily plebes enrolled in general chemistry, attended a two-day end of semester seminar May 11-12 on military and chemistry applications in the field, fusing what they have learned in the classroom, and introducing them to Soldier-related applications from experts in the field.

Experts came from the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC); the STEM Education Project Office at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey; the Air National Guard Civil Support Team from Scotia, New York; and Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, New York.

The seminar is a Military Chemistry Enrichment event sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences and is designed to illustrate how scientists are supporting requirements from Soldiers across a variety of operational environments.

“The cadets have learned this in the classroom, but this seminar is the last lesson for plebes and is a great way to introduce cadets to what is going on in the field,” said Maj. Pete Guerdan, Chemistry and Life Sciences instructor.

Joseph Scheneck, Dawn Casey and Deven Patterson from Picatinny Arsenal talked to the cadets about remote weapons in small arms, and demonstrated small arms technology with displays and other advances to help Soldiers in the field like the IR patch, or infrared patch.

“The patch can look like any patch worn on the uniform,” Capt. Christina Smith said. “IR patches will identify Soldiers in the field and protect them from friendly fire.”

IR patches can be seen without a visible glow during the day, but become illuminated when viewed through night vision technology.

IR patches can also identify blood type, which is crucial information for medics in the field and hospital staff.

The seminar allowed the cadets to see how fast technology is advancing and what experts are doing to meet the war fighter requirements, as well as how the efforts of science and engineering are creating capabilities to not only protect the Soldier, but to defeat an enemy.

George Fischer was another Picatinny Arsenal employee from ARDEC who attended the science seminar. His presentation was on cryochemistry.

“In our jobs as researchers at Picatinny,we hope that our projects may one day be fielded, but we are never sure if and when this might take place”, he said.

“This is why it is so refreshing to be part of MILCHEM (military chemistry) Days, where we directly and immediately benefit so many future Army officers.”

“During two days at the end of each semester,we lead hands-on activities that will help the cadets on their final exams as we point out ARDEC applications of their course material.”

“Since our 20-minute presentations cover so many of the first-year learning objectives, the chemistry department is now providing us with the syllabus so we can tailor our presentations to reinforce even more of what the instructors have covered.”

Additional Picatinny engineers and scientists who participated in the seminar at West Point were Frank Campo, Michael Hollis, Thomas Sroka, Victor Vergara, Mohamed Elalem, Capt.Christina Smith, Robert Carson and Ernesto Garcia Lopez.

Picatinny Arsenal Public Affairs Specialist Frank Misurelli contributed to this article.

-KATHY EASTWOOD, StaffWriter, The Pointer View, United States Military Academy, 6/9/2017

Original article:
The Picatinny Voice