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- 05/17/16--05:31: Cadets Visited MIT in Support of Research Projects
- 05/17/16--05:32: Giannettino Claims IC4A High Jump Crown
- 05/17/16--05:35: U.S. Representatives Visit with Cadets in American Politics
- 05/17/16--05:37: McCravey Jumps Into National Spotlight
- 05/18/16--06:54: Athletic Director's Update
- 05/18/16--07:26: Army Celebrates 2015-16 at Black Knight Awards
- 05/18/16--08:29: Watch the West Point Class of 2016 Graduation Live
- 05/20/16--09:42: Cadet Research Workshop and NYC Outreach
- 05/20/16--09:44: Keepers of the Peace Powwow
- 05/20/16--09:46: Earth Day Open House
- 05/20/16--09:47: West Point Flying Team Victorious over Navy and Coast Guard
- 05/20/16--09:47: Computer Science Cadets at Premier Hackathon
- 05/20/16--09:48: C&ME Run to Remember Honors Fallen Heroes
- 05/20/16--09:48: Guest Lecture - Mr. Alex Stamos CSO of Facebook
- 05/20/16--09:50: Cadets from ME491 Present their Final Engineering Projects
- 05/20/16--09:53: Six Cadets Heading to NCAA Preliminary Round
- 05/23/16--05:58: CH102 Cadets Present Research for AY16-2
- 05/23/16--06:00: Military Applications of Chemistry Event
- 05/23/16--06:01: Judge Bianco Visits Cadets in Military Law
- 05/23/16--06:02: Judge Sullivan Visits Advanced Constitutional Law Cadets
Cadets in the XE492, Disruptive Innovation, course traveled to Boston 20-21 April to visit MIT and MIT-Lincoln Labs in support of their individual research projects. They met with Prof. Seth Lloyd, a world-renowned expert in quantum computing as well as researchers in meta-materials, mircro-fluidic thrusters for cubesats, software containerization, microelectronics, aerial imaging, 3D LIDAR imaging, and entrepreneurs creating new business models for air travel. This trip was made possible by the Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Endowment.
PRINCETON, NJ - Jeff Giannettino stole the show for the Army West Point men's track and field team on Sunday afternoon. The freshman tied the Academy record with a best jump of 2.15 meters. It was a record that is also held by Brian Smith who set the mark in 1994 at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. "Jeff really stepped up today," head coach Mike Smith said. "He has struggled at times this year in competition but has really trained very well. I think it just took him some time to put it all together. His clearance today at the school record was well clear of the bar and he had some nice attempts at 7'2". Jeff is a special kid and he gets the big picture and his improvement today makes it seem like he got better all at once, but the reality is, that he has been getting closer. Read More
Former U.S. Representatives Thomas Hartnett (S.C.) and Bob Clement (TN) spent two days visiting and interacting with cadets enrolled in American Politics, Mass Media & Politics, American Political Development, and International Security Studies. In addition, they met with members of the Domestic Affairs Forum, and shared meals with Cadets from their home states. The Congressmen visited West Point as part of the "Congress to Classroom" program run by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.
Army West Point softball senior Kasey McCravey earned national attention on Saturday night and beyond with an incredible leap over Lehigh's catcher in Army's 3-2 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League Tournament. Click here to watch the video.
WEST POINT, NY - The Army Athletic Association held the 2016 Black Knight Awards ceremony on Sunday night at Robinson Auditorium in Thayer Hall. The department's premiere year-end event honored teams and individuals for their successes throughout the 2015-16 season. After finishing the season with a 29-3 record and a Patriot League title, the women's basketball team took home the MacArthur Award presented to the Team of the Year. In its ninth year of existence, the Black Knight Awards honored the best that Army West Point's 28 athletic teams had to offer in 2015-16 in an award-show format similar to the ESPY Awards. Full Story»
You will be able to watch the Class of 2016 Graduate at Michie Stadium this coming Saturday, May 21 as they take their oath, receive their diplomas and faithfully toss their hats as high as they can. The guest speaker will be Vice President Joe Biden. Here is the link to watch it live: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/8563
Cadets enrolled in EV372-Geography of Asia traveled to Berkeley College in New York City to meet with Dr. Rina Singh and Angie Tang, experts on India-US and China-US relations, respectively. The presenters offered their views on what they believe are the most important geographical and security challenges facing the region and cadets had the opportunity to ask questions and assess the implications of the most pressing geographical challenges in Asia including territorial issues in the South China Sea, social and gender issues in India, as well as demographic change in East Asia. Afterwards, the cadets and faculty traveled to Chinatown to enjoy dim sum and meet with the publisher of the largest Chinese language daily newspaper in the United States where they discussed the importance of the diaspora community in shaping US-China economic relations. Finally, they ended the day with a visit to the Kimlau Chapter of the American Legion where cadets learned about the ways that the US military and service organizations such as the American Legion instill American values in immigrant communities and build bridges between newly arriving immigrants and the US population.
Cadets of the Native American Heritage Forum (NAHF) organized and hosted the 6th annual Keepers of the Peace powwow held at Gillis Field House. The master of ceremonies for the powwow was the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. The powwow included the singing of the National Anthem by Cadet Katelin Guettlein, a birds of prey expert who presented two shows that described how owls, hawks, and eagles hunt and capture prey, and traditional Native American singing, and dancing. The Native American vendors sold beadwork and other handmade articles and the food vendor had plenty of venison and buffalo. The event includes midshipman from the Naval Academy’s Native American club joining the powwow.
Dirt Man was invited to present an engaging lecture on sustainability during the Earth Day Open House presented by the 101 Kids and Highlands Community Garden Group at the Center in Highland Falls on April 23, 2016. At this annual event, featuring various exhibits by individual community gardeners and youth groups from the Town of Highlands, Dirt Man interacted with community members and sought to emphasize the importance of sustainable living and met with kids and their parents for a Q&A afterwards.
The West Point Flying Team, led by Cadet in Charge Will Watson and Assistant Cadet in Charge Brian O’Connor earned a victory over Navy and Coast Guard at the 3rd annual Service Academy Flying Competition Spring Classic. We hosted the event again this year at Orange and Dutchess County airports, 22-24 April 2016. Officers in Charge LTC Tanya Estes (EECS), LTC Rich Melnyk (C&ME) and CW2 Mark Vester (2nd AVN) helped train and mentor the team in the months leading up to this culminating event of our competition season. Between the three academies, over 55 cadets and midshipmen participated in three written, two ground and four flying events. In this large field, USMA had three place in the top ten of all pilots: William Watson 1st Place, Kurt Klinkmueller 2nd Place and Alaina Kappner 5th Place.
Throughout AY16, six computer science cadets honed their programming skills through Capstone project work to develop a competitive entry at LA Hacks. LA Hacks is the premier hackathon held annually on the West coast at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), which occurred this year from 29 April – 1 May. Our team consisted of Cl ‘16 CDTs Jack Graham, Dan Park, Jinny Yan, Luke Williams, Morgan Rabalais, and Joe Suh, with LTC Christa Chewar as the faculty advisor. To best prepare, the cadets practiced programming for virtual reality, network communication, robotic control, and 3D user interaction support. The team greatly benefited from opportunities to brief their ongoing efforts to both LTC Caslen and BG Trainor during their visits to EECS.
Hackathons may sound like the terrain of our competitive cyber teams or something similar to the Cyber Defense Exercise, but they are actually quite different, with generally very little security emphasis at all. Hackathons are competitions hosted by corporate sponsors that challenge students to rapidly develop (or “hack out”) innovative new software/hardware solutions to solve specific social problems. Competitors organized in four person teams are given the problems at the beginning of the competition and have 36 hours to develop a prototype. Approximately 1200 students (300 teams) attended this year’s LA Hacks, so the competition was fierce. Our cadets worked relentlessly throughout the competition period, sleeping very little as they refined their designs and quickly mastered new skills to realize their creative visions. After the initial round of judging, the product developed by CDTs Dan Park and Jack Graham was selected as an overall Top 10 award, and subsequently finished as Top 3 project in one of the competition categories—earning $1000 and two Apple TVs as prizes.
The semi-annual C&ME Run to Remember to honor fallen graduates from the civil and mechanical engineering programs took place. Forty-four faculty, staff, cadets, and family members ran to the West Point cemetery where the group read the names of the 17 fallen heroes and visited the gravesites of the four fallen graduates buried in the West Point cemetery.
Mr. Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer for Facebook, spoke to cadets in EECS courses about the security challenges faced by Facebook in an age of increased hacking attempts as well as the social and ethical impacts of their security efforts. Of particular note was his discussion of the needs for technology companies to balance legal requirements to follow the laws of their host countries with the need to protect their user's privacy and how that is done at Facebook.
ME491 Engineering Design Projects: Cadets from ME491 Mechanical Power plants presented their final Engineering Design Projects. The cadet groups worked to analyze, design, and 3D print a functional engine component for a quarter-scale V8 model. One section equipped the engine with a supercharger and the other outfitted it with a twin-turbocharger. The work was followed by Mr. Bob Henderson, Editor at the Haynes Publishing Group. Haynes produces automotive technical literature and is the manufacturer of the engine model used in this design project. Special thanks to Mr. Rod Wilson and Mr. Frank Blackmon from D/C&ME for their expertise, guidance, and support with the additive manufacturing production of the intake, exhaust, and forced induction components.
WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's track and field team will send six athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., next weekend. The event will begin next Thursday, May 26 and run through Saturday, May 28. Four of the Black Knights heading south come from the 4x100 Meter Relay. The quartet of junior Jose Santana, freshmen Ben Sims and Kevin Dyer, and sophomore Tyler Davis qualified with an Academy, meet, and facility record time of 40.08 at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. That time makes them the 33rd-fastest group in the East. Read More
Cadets in CH102 presented their research on the amounts of sugars in nine leaves eaten by gorillas or red-tail monkeys in Africa. Cadets developed the skills to analyze the sugar content in leaves, and then explored the most effective ways to remove sugar from the leaves. The cadets' work generated a database for Dr. Dawn Riegner and her collaborator, Dr. Jessica Rothman at CUNY, showing how much glucose and fructose was present in each type of leaf. Many thanks to the coaches, TACs, sponsors, DACs, faculty, staff, cadets, and others who came to see the posters and hear cadets present their work.
The Department of Chemistry and Life Science held the 2016 Military Applications of Chemistry (MILCHEM) event for all cadets enrolled in CH101, along with guests from other courses. The event brought seven scientists from Picatinny Arsenal and one scientist from the Army Research Laboratory to West Point, along with the 2nd Civil Support Team (CST) of Scotia, NY. Cadets learned about modelling and mitigating blast effects on military vehicles, innovation in explosives and artillery, virtual reality training, and learned about CST capabilities that can find and identify nuclear, biological, and chemical threats. The event was the culminating lesson for CH101 and a chance for cadets to interact face to face with scientists who apply chemistry to improving the Army and world.
US District Court Judge Joseph Bianco visited with cadets in the LW 403 Constitutional & Military Law course taught by Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Bianco was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2006. Prior to that, he supervised the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., and headed the Terrorism Unit of the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan. Judge Bianco spoke with the cadets about prosecuting terrorism in the federal courts. He discussed his experiences as lead prosecutor in the case against lawyer, Lynne Stewart, who defended Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as “the blind shiek” and who was convicted for conspiring to bomb various civilian targets in the New York metropolitan area. Judge Bianco described how a judge allowed him to place a hidden video recording device to record conversations she had with Abdul-Rahman to convict her for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism. The evidence showed that Stewart was passing messages between Rahman and his supporters, including Rahman's blessing for a resumption of terrorist operations in Egypt when there had been a ceasefire.
US District Court Judge Richard Sullivan visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Sullivan was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2007. Prior to that, he served as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, where he was Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit and Director of the New York/New Jersey Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Judge Sullivan spoke with the cadets about non-capital sentencing and the 8th Amendment. He discussed his experiences as a judge with congressionally-mandated minimum sentences and explored with the cadets whether present incarceration rates and terms in the United States are excessive and counter-productive or an integral component of reducing crime and protecting citizens.