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Dean’s Weekly, April 1


The USMA Concrete Canoe Team:  Cadets Mark Owens and Alex Pingis inspect their craft after successful removal of the interior mold.As part of their CE489 independent study, Cadets Mark Owens, James Mcloughlin, Nate Ryba, Aaron Schares, and Alex Pingis, all class of 2013 CE Majors, completed casting of their entry for the 2013 ASCE Northeast Regional Concrete Canoe Competition.  The craft was christened the River Rat! in honor of the 1099th Medium Boat Company that was the "workhorse" riverine unit for direct support of tactical units throughout the Mekong Delta and other inland waterways during the Vietnam Conflict.

USMA an American Concrete Institute Excellent University:  USMA is one of only 16 universities receiving the highest level of the ACI award for 2012. This is the second time the USMA ACI student chapter received the award since starting the first ACI student chapter in New York state last year.  The chapter has competed in ACI and other concrete related competitions in Toronto, ON, Canada and Montreal, QB, Canada, attended educational seminars with their sponsor chapter the Concrete Industry Board (CIB), the American Concrete Institute Chapter for New York City, and completed a concrete theme service project at the Walter Hoving home in Garrison, NY.

Mali Expert's Insight:  Olivier J. Walther, visiting scholar at Rutgers University, spoke to cadets about the role that Islamists play in the on-going conflict in Mali. His work, which suggests that a few key individuals serve as brokers between competing armed factions, offers an interesting exploration of the applicability of Social Network Analysis to the study of violent non-state actors.

Cloisters:  Elise Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum members at the Cloisters, New York City, 23 March.Seven cadets from the Elise Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum travelled to the Cloisters medieval art museum in NY and enjoyed a lecture by Prof. Jeanne-Marie Musto of Fordham University. Following the lecture, the cadets toured the permanent collection.

BG(R) Capka at CE400 Seminar:  BG(R) Capka ‘71 presented a seminar on public practices and policies in civil engineering.BG(R) Capka ‘71 presented a seminar on public practices and policies in civil engineering. BG Capka commanded two USACE Divisions, managed the Big Dig for the MA Turnpike Authority, and served as the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He emphasized the importance of infrastructure to the Nation and the investment required to assure its quality. He also discussed the challenges inherent in managing complex public projects. 

Morgan-Luster CE400 Seminar:  Mr. John Smalley of Morgan Construction Enterprises and Mr. James Titolo of Luster National with their coveted CME hardhats presented by the Cadets in the seminar.Mr. John Smalley of Morgan Construction Enterprises and Mr. James Titolo of Luster National presented a seminar on the construction management of the Kellar Army hospital addition.  They emphasized the importance of resolving change orders in a timely manner on any construction project.

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference: Art, Philosophy, and Literature majors Emily McCarthy and Kathleen Fitzpatrick participated in the Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference hosted by Marist College.  Cadet McCarthy presented a paper titled "Justice and the Defense of Marriage Act", while Cadet Fitzpatrick served as the commentator for a paper titled "Intuitions and Experimental Philosophy".

Soil Drilling Demonstration:  CDT Nate Gooden ‘14 operates the drill rig.Cadets in the CE371 Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design course witnessed a demonstration of soil drilling techniques.  Drillers from the subsurface exploration company Aquifer Drilling & Test, Inc. demonstrated various drilling, in-situ testing, and soil sampling techniques.

2013 Aviation Week Laureate Award: Cadet Matt Gallup was West Point’s recipient of the 2013 Tomorrow’s Leader Award presented by Aviation Week. Every year, one cadet/midshipman from USMA, USNA, USAFA, and USCGA travels to the Laureate’s Dinner, held in Washington DC, to receive the award. Matt was selected on the basis of his outstanding performance as a future Army Aviator in the Aeronautical Systems subdiscipline within the Mechanical Engineering major.

ME450 Welding Class: 39 cadets took part in the ME450 (Mechanical Design of Army Systems) Welding Class. Cadets were taught how to weld steel strips using basic welding techniques similar to what they will see in motor pools and maintenance shops while they are serving in the Army.

MX400 Guest Lecture:  SGT (R) Rick Yarosh, Ms. Gloria Gilbert Stoga, Coach Ellerson and MX400 Section I2 pose for a group photo with service dogs Dudley and Amos.SGT (R) Rick Yarosh and Ms. Gloria Gilbert Stoga, President of Puppies Behind Bars, provided a guest lecture in MX400 ―The Adaptive Leader. SGT Yarosh is a national-level motivational speaker invited to convey his story of being a wounded veteran and discusses how “these scars gave me the confidence I needed”. The discussion provided an insight into some of the leadership attributes that he valued in his LT, a 2004 graduate of USMA, to save his life and his follow-on experience within the Warrior Transition Unit until his medical retirement.  Rick’s inspirational story and message can be viewed at http://rickyarosh.net/.

Gamma Theta Upsilon Induction Luncheon:  G&EnE hosted the annual Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Spring Luncheon and inducted 7 cadets as new members into the USMA Lambda Mu chapter GTU. They are Cadets Steven K. Billington, Michelle L. Bullock, Dak A. Kibler, Christopher B. Mittuch, Christian E. Reeves, Andrew J. Riekenberg, and Max D. Vandervort

Guest Lecturer – European Energy:   Dr. Christian Burgsmuller,  Counselor, Head of Energy, Transport and Environment section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States gave a  guest lecture titled "European, Energy, Policy, Past and Present". 

Dirtman Motivates the Corps to Recycle:  Dirtman, Professor EmeritusDirt Man” made an appearance at the Mess Hall to motivate all cadets to continue in their efforts for RecycleMania during the last two weeks of the competition. During lunch the 2013 RecycleMania video featuring BG Trainor and CDT Teddy Fong was also played along with RecycleMania slides. Of significant note, West Point’s RecycleMania video was voted "Most Fearsome" of all videos submitted to RecycleMania this year. West Point is currently in 6th place out of 347 schools in the Per Captia Classic category.

Dr. Charles King, Guest Speaker:  The Department of History was honored to host Dr. Charles King, Professor of Political Science and International History at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.He spoke to plebes in the HI108-Regional Studies in World History-Russia course on the nineteenth century history of the Caucasus region.  Dr. King also gave a lecture to Dr. Thomas Sherlock's Comparative Politics class  during Dean's Hour, where he talked about the tension between "procedural" and "substantive" descriptions of democratization in developing countries.

EV397 Trip Section to Phillips 66 Oil Refinery in Linden, NJ:  Cadets from EV397 pose with Mr. Steven Dietrich from Phillips 66 in front of the catalytic cracking unit in Linden, NJ.17 cadets from USMA’s Air Pollution Engineering class (EV397) travelled to Linden, NJ to view air pollution control devices at the largest oil refinery in the eastern United States.

C&LS Hosts DARPA Young Investigator Award Recipient:  Dr. Randall Goldsmith from the University of Wisconsin's Department of Chemistry visited the Department of Chemistry and Life Science.  He discussed exciting single molecule science research and defense applications of the work during a noontime seminar.

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