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    Cadet Reniel Dela Cruz presented his work on "Monte Carlo Criticality and Burn-up Analysis of Accident-Tolerant Fuel Cladding Designs for Pressurized Water Reactors". The research aimed to determine the best Accident-Tolerant Fuel Cladding design for Pressurized Water Reactors. It focused on the neutronic aspect of the various cladding designs. Dela Cruz used Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code to simulate an infinite reactor with various cladding compositions designed to reduce hydrogen productions during a loss-of-coolant accident like the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. His work analyzed various proposed innovative designs and objectively determined the best composition based upon accident resistance, cost of enrichment and lifetime of the reactor core. Dela Cruz will present the results of his research at the annual American Nuclear Society Student Conference at the University of Florida in March 2018 and is working within the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering for a related Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) through the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.


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    Men's Swimming & Diving Powers Past LehighThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team returned from a one-month break and swam away with a 184-102 victory over Lehigh in a Patriot League meet on Tuesday night at Crandall Pool. The Black Knights improved to 3-2 in dual meets this season, while the Mountain Hawks dropped to 4-4. Army claimed 13 event wins over Lehigh. The Black Knights are now 46-0 all-time against Lehigh in dual meets. Tom Ottman won the 1000 (9:24.82) and the 500 (4:32.88) free. Josh Sembrano cruised to a pair of victories in the 100 (49.70) and 200 (1:51.34) back. The two fly events were highlighted by Kevin Doo, who captured a win in both. He posted a time of 1:50.54 in the 200 before finishing with a time of 48.76 in the 100. In the 50 free, it was Brandon McCredie who hit the wall first at 20.59. He later won the 100 free at 45.90. Ty Dang's times of 2:04.66 in the 200 and 57.40 in the 100 were both good for first. Army swept both diving events after Hudson Kay scored 277.20 in 1-meter and Michael Burke finished with a score of 280.27 in the 3-meter. Read More


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    Cadets Run Table Top Exercise Cadets in Dr. David Frey's “Genocide and Mass Killing” class concluded their semester by conducting a multi-day Table Top Exercise (TTX) in which they responded to a mass atrocity scenario in South Sudan. After a semester of multi-disciplinary study of mass atrocity, cadets were asked to create the first part of an operational plan based on a slight worsening of the current situation in the world's newest country. In preparation for the TTX, cadets studied the history of South Sudan and its current affairs, and they familiarized themselves with important political actors and joint staff positions. One of the core texts was a 70-page situation assessment of South Sudan, co-authored by Cadet Samir Streatfield '19 and Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Director Dr. David Frey. Streatfield spend five weeks at the U.S. Army War College as an intern during the summer of 2017, working with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. There he collaborated with scholars and officials from the Army, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Africa Desk of the National Security Council to prepare the core of the situation assessment. The situation assessment will now be sent to Africa Command (AFRICOM) for use. MAJ Chris Hartley of D/LAW served as the Judge Advocate General (JAG) to ensure that decisions cadets made were legal.


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    The Robotics Research Center hosted two FIRST TeamsThe Ossining and Clarkstown High School Robotics clubs met with LTC Christopher Korpela for a meeting and tour of the West Point Robotics program and center. The students participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition and were excited to see further applications of the technology they are learning about in school. LTC Korpela introduced them to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) swarm aerial competition, showed the students the motion capture room for quadcopter control, and let students operate bomb disposal robots (Packbots). The highlight of the tour was the demonstration of Baxter and lethal autonomous robots as well as the ethical issues involved with such a system. It was a great discussion on the implications of new technology and how it needs to be carefully considered on multiple levels, not just from a technology point of view.


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    Cadet Haley Duke presented her work on the radiation testing of commercial of the shelf (COTS) processors. The aim of the project is to characterize the susceptibility of COTS processors to total ionizing dose and radiation induced single event upsets to enable their use as low cost alternatives in small satellites over costly traditional radiation hardened processors. The current semester's work focused on the experimental setup to enable data collection for next semester. Space and Missile Defense Command sponsored her work and it was conducted through the Space and Missile Defense Command Research and Analysis Center (SMDC-RAC) at West Point.


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    CDT Bryce Holland '18Center Bryce Holland was selected to ESPN's All-Bowl Team after Army's victory over San Diego State in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Behind Holland and the offensive line, the Black Knights ran for 440 yards and had 91 offensive plays to San Diego State's 30 in a 42-35 victory in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The interior line did a lot of damage in the ground attack, with four fullbacks combining to run 45 times. The Black Knights ran the ball 87 times (tying an all-time bowl record), ate up 46 minutes of possession time (FBS record) and gained 28 first downs on the ground in the victory. Army also put up 42 points against the Aztecs, the most they had given up all season after allowing an average of 18 points per game. Army won back-to-back bowl games for the first time since the 1984 and 1985 seasons and the rushing attack ranked first in the nation with 362.3 yards per game and the units 50 touchdowns were an Academy record, which broke last year's mark of 46. Read More


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    CDT Libby Tacka '20A 12-1 fourth-quarter run helped give the Army West Point women's basketball team an eight-point lead that it never surrendered to a 65-60 victory over Lafayette in a Patriot League game on Thursday night at Kirby Sports Center. Aliyah Murray and Madison Hovren both recorded double-doubles for the Black Knights (9-7, 2-3 Patriot League) and combined for 31 points and 20 rebounds. Murray finished with a team-high 17 in the scoring column to pair with 10 boards, while Hovren capped off her night with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Libby Tacka was the third Cadet to reach double-figures against the Leopards (6-9, 2-3 Patriot League) as she knocked down four 3-pointers and tallied 14 points, one shy of tying her career-high. Read More


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    History Hosts Rwandan Genocide Survivor Rwandan Genocide survivor Eugenie Mukeshimana told her harrowing story to cadets in Dr. David Frey's "Genocide and Mass Killing" course, and to an audience of faculty and cadets from various departments. Ms. Mukeshimana, who was hidden by multiple families over the three months of the genocide, told a virtually unbelievable tale and described the loss of most of her family, including her husband. Ms. Mukeshimana's story was nearly incomprehensible, as she not only survived, but survived while pregnant. She ultimately gave birth to her daughter while in hiding only days before being liberated. Not just a model of strength and courage, Ms. Mukeshimana also showed cadets how to recover. Since immigrating to the US in 2001, Ms. Mukeshimana became a social worker and founded the Genocide Survivors Support Network. She continues to do critical social work helping survivors recover and thrive.


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    CDT Jordan Fox '19The Army West Point men's basketball team rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat Lafayette, 81-71, here at Christl Arena on Thursday afternoon. After trailing by a season-high 17 points at the break, the Black Knights outscored the Leopards 55-28 over the final 20 minutes. Head coach Jimmy Allen made the proper adjustments during halftime, instructing Army to its largest single-half point total of the season. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/lSS7f1b8Cpo. It was also just the third time the Cadets scored 50 or more points in a half and the first time since Nov. 18 when they put up 53 in the second half against Marist. After a slow start, the Black Knights finished the game shooting 26-of-67 (38.8 percent) from the floor and 12-of-33 (36.4 percent) from behind-the-arc. The home side added 17-of-26 (65.4 percent) makes from the free throw line as well. The Leopards shot 26-of-57 (45.6 percent) from the floor, while going 11-of-28 (39.3 percent) from long range. They closed out with 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) shots from the charity stripe. Read More


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    Chemistry Capstone Poster Presentations160 cadets in General Chemistry presented posters describing the work from their water chemistry projects. In groups of four, cadets sampled water from locations of their choosing and analyzed the water to compare and contrast their locations. The cadets then created a poster outlining their experimental design, results, and data interpretation. Staff and faculty from around the Academy came to listen to cadets explain their research.


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  • 01/16/18--06:47: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    CDT Clayton Hanson '21The No. 11 Army West Point rifle completed a full weekend at home on Monday afternoon defeating Coast Guard for the second time, but dropping the decision to No.13 N.C. State. Aggregate - (4632) The Black Knights tallied an aggregate score of 4632, falling behind N.C. State's score of 4663, but edging out Coast Guard who scored 4521. Cow Payne Nunn led the squad for the second match in a row with an aggregate score of 1158. He was followed by Kaitlyn Kutz who claimed a score of 1156, and Clayton Hanson who shot 1154 points. Matt Lovre also made it into the top 10 individuals for the match with an aggregate score of 1151. Smallbore - (2311) Hanson and Lovre led the squad in this discipline, both scoring 576. Emiliano Concho-Toro marked just below them with a score of 572. Nunn and Kutz shot for a score of 570, while Nathan Brewer closed out the scoring squad with 564. Air Rifle - (2339) Nunn led the Black Knights in this discipline with a score of 588. He was followed closely by Kutz who claimed a score of 586, and Brewer who marked 584. Mady Erikson scored 582, and Clayton Hanson closed the scoring squad for air rifle with a mark of 578.


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    Mechanical Engineering Cadets Brief ProjectsMechanical Engineering cadets from the Class of 2020 presented their results and demonstrated working prototypes of their design projects. Cadets tackled either a Soldier resupply mission, a problem facing underdeveloped countries, or a problem facing Soldiers and then designed and built a solution. The course emphasized the engineering design process, team collaboration, visualizing and analyzing products using computer software, and technical communications. Designs included early warning devices to alert Soldiers of approaching enemy, methods to purify water in remote areas, ways to notify a Soldier of the rounds remaining in an M4 magazine, and monitoring devices to notify Soldiers when to hydrate based on heat category. This was the first offering of ME201 as part of the new ME2020 curriculum and represents a cornerstone design experience on the opposite end of the timeline from the capstone experience.


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  • 01/16/18--07:25: Men's Basketball Beats Navy
  • CDT Alex King '21The Army West Point men's basketball team took the first meeting of the season against its rival here Sunday afternoon, defeating Navy 64-62. The Midshipmen made things interesting late though, cutting a 10-point deficit with 36 seconds remaining down to a two-point one with two ticks left. Fortunately, the Black Knights were able to hold on for their third-straight win at Alumni Hall and six victory on the road in the last eight meetings with the Mids. The Cadets held a 12-point lead at the break but quickly saw that dwindled down to six after the Mids started the second half on a 6-0 run. Army ended that rally with a Jordan Fox 3-pointer before sparking a small 8-0 run of its own to push the lead back to double digits at 43-29 with 16:20 left to play. Read More


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    Army-Navy Baseball Heading to Fenway ParkArmy West Point baseball and Navy, in conjunction with the Boston Red Sox, announced today that the teams' third meeting of the season will now be played at Fenway Park. The date and time of the game, April 20 at 6 p.m., will remain the same. Ticket proceeds from the matchup will be donated to charity. Proceeds from the Army-Navy game will benefit the Home Base Program, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation that helps veterans suffering from PTSD and other "invisible wounds of war." Tickets will go on sale at a later date. "We are thrilled and very thankful to have the opportunity to play Navy at Fenway Park on April 20th," head coach Jim Foster said. "It is an incredible venue to compete against our biggest rival on the field but biggest ally off of it. I know the response will be great from baseball fans all over, our alumni, and supporters of the military. I want to thank everyone in our administration and the Red Sox organization for making this happen. It will create lifelong memories for these future leaders of our country." The April 20 matchup is the first time Army will host a baseball game at Fenway Park. Army kicks off its season on Feb. 16 with a four-game set against Michigan in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Read More


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    CME Cadets Perform Experiment at ARLCivil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) cadets Austen Deppe and Jacqueline Orr with faculty advisor Dr. Aaron Freidenberg visited the Aberdeen Proving Ground to conduct a blast test in support of their Capstone project, namely, an underbody structure design for the next generation combat vehicle. The cadets 3D printed their design in titanium at 1:16 scale and performed a physical test to simulate the effects of a buried IED, with the assistance of ARL research scientists Chris Cummins and Jeff Lloyd.


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    Skiera Inducted into US Lacrosse Hall of FameArmy West Point Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame on Saturday. Skiera, formerly Kristen Waagbo, began her stellar career at Mt. Hebron High School where she led the team to four consecutive state titles. She was named Baltimore Sun Female Athlete of the Year, twice (2002 & 2003) and was the All-Metro Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year as a senior in 2003. The Vikings won four state titles and lost only one game during her four years. They were ranked No. 1 by The Sun every week of her career. While at Mt. Hebron, Skiera was the Howard County Player of the Year as a junior in 2002, and Howard County co-Player of the Year in 2003. In her sophomore season she was a second-team All-Metro and named Greater Baltimore regional All-American as a junior. In 2003, she was a member of the U.S. Under-19 team winning the World Championships. Read More


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    CDTs Michael Wilson '20 and Alex King '21After a successful weekend on the ice and court, Michael Wilson of the hockey team and Alex King of the men's basketball team were named the Army West Point Athletic Association Co-Athletes of the Week, announced Tuesday. Wilson led the Army hockey team to a 4-0 shutout victory over Bentley Saturday night. He recorded his first career hat trick and the first for the Black Knights since last December. Two of the yearling's goals came on the power play and he also netted the game winner. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/5NePlDsJR6M.

    After helping lead the Cadets during a 3-0 week, including a close 64-62 win over Navy, King averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Black Knights. Most recently, he scored a team-high 17 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the floor, in the victory at Navy on Sunday. The plebe forward also tallied 12 points and eight rebounds to help Army complete an 81-71 comeback win against Lafayette on Thursday. King finished with five points and four rebounds in a 58-54 win over American on Monday as well. Read More


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    Cadet Tutors Lead TEE Prep Study SessionsCadet tutors led TEE Prep study sessions in Physics, Math, IT, and Chemistry for their peers. Throughout the five study sessions held, roughly 500 cadets attended and 120 cadet tutors assisted. The Academic Brigade Officer, Ryan Tucker, and the CIC for the Cadet Tutor Program, Maya Kuang, were instrumental in the success of these study sessions.


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    CDT Keagan Smith '20Keagan Smith of the Army West Point men's track and field team earned Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week honors after a packed weekend slate. Keagan Smith, a yearling from Huntley, Ill., placed first in the one mile at the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas. He clocked in with a time of 4:09.61, just three seconds short of his college best. His time leads the Patriot League and is currently ranked 35th in NCAA Division I. This first place spot assisted the team in their second place finish at the meet. The Black Knights take a break through the holiday season and return to action on Jan.20 at the Penn-8 Team Select held at the Ocean Breeze Track in Staten Island, N.Y.


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