Cadet Research

25th Annual West Point Projects Day Research Symposium, May 2, 2024

Cadet Research

25th Annual West Point Projects Day Research Symposium, May 2, 2024

About Projects Day

West Point’s Projects Day Research Symposium will showcase more than 400 research projects by over 1,000 cadets across all thirteen of the Dean’s Academic Departments, the Department of Military Instruction, and the Department of Physical Education! 

We welcome and celebrate the over 80 external partners and West Point faculty who contributed to these cadet-led projects. 

A Research Evolution

West Point’s Projects Day Research Symposium has evolved to feature the results of cadet work across a variety of disciplines. Demonstrations include posters, presentations, static and dynamic displays, and question-and-answer sessions that take place across the Academy grounds.  

Working with Today's Leaders

Key leaders, researchers, and benefactors from across various academic institutions, industry, and government converge on the Academy to witness the outcomes of our cadets’ hard work.

Developing Leaders of Tomorrow

The work performed by our cadets on these projects is instrumental in helping them become leaders of character.  The work is also part of the intellectual capital generated by West Point - supporting some of the most pressing issues facing our Army and the Nation.

Projects Day Research Symposium App Installation


 

  1. Navigate to the app at: https://projectsday.westpoint.edu/
  2. Depending on the device, you may be prompted to “Add Projects Day to your Home Screen” or “Install as an App” 
  3. If the browser does not prompt to install the app, click on browser settings “…” and there should be an option to “Install App” 
  4. Once the App is installed, there should be an icon on your home screen, or you may need to add it manually from the device’s list of apps.

Scott R. Clark Innovation for Soldiers Award

Cadets will compete for the Scott R. Clark, Class of 1985, Innovation for Soldiers Award to be presented to a cadet project that demonstrates an innovative approach to solving a problem of direct application to the Army.

Projects are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Impact of the innovation on the soldier.
  2. Scope of the Innovation (number of soldiers impacted).
  3. Significance of the innovation (evolutionary vs. leap-forward).
  4. Impact of the innovation on the Army.
  5. Submission content.

Team ARES (Assisted Rapid Engagement Sight)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Cadets: Collin Dyches, Stanley Liu, Alma Redd, Andrew Obrzut
Team Advisors: MAJ Thomas Kendall (MATH), MAJ Robert Walters (CME), Dr. Gordon Cooke (DMI), Mr. Mark Sproul (U.S. Army DEVCOM AC

  • 2022-Team Combat Manikin
    Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
    Cadets: Heather Graham and Dominique Shultz
    Team Advisors: Dr. Ericka Rovira, Dr. Robert Thomson (ACI), Dr. William Pike, and Mr. Mark Mazzeo (STTC)
  • 2021- Team War (Warehouse Autonomous Robots)
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
    Cadets: Austin Fox, Andres Sayed, Sara Scales, Jafar Stone
    Team Advisor: LTC Steve Crews
  • 2020-Team SPARK (Soldier Power Augmentation Readiness Kit)
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
    Cadets: Huner Ball, Hannah White, Jack Farrington, Mike Hamilton
    Team Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Zifchock
  • 2019- Raspberry Pi Android Security System (RPASS)
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Civil and Mechanical Engineering
    Cadets: Brian Curtin, Rachelle David, Emmet Dunham, Cullen Johnson, Nikhil Shyamkumar, Ryan Applin, Matthew Celeste, and Will Miller
    Team Advisors: LTC Tom Babbitt (EECS), Suzanne J. Matthews (EECS), and Dr. Gunnar Tamm (CME)
  • 2018 - Last-mile Optical Communications (LOCO)
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
    Cadets: Seth Cannon, Hevin Na, Peter Shares, Alexander Soler, Joshua Tate 
    Team Advisor: LTC Kirk Ingold
  • 2017 - The Alvey Combat Ball
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
    Cadet: Eugene Alvey
    Team Advisor: MAJ David McCarthy
  • 2016 - M249 Reduced Recoil
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering 
    Cadets: Cameron Hargis, Ryan Meyer, Drury Milke
    Team Advisors: MAJ Brodie Hoyer and LTC Richard Gash
  • 2015 - Heat Pipe Cooling Shirt
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
    Cadets: Ioannis Wallingford, Zachary Lee, Tyler Sowell, Brendan Mckinley, Sarah Lowe, John Beck, Erin Kelly, Jason Rho, Joseph Samuels, and Zachary Glass 
    Team Advisors: LTC Michael Benson and MAJ Daniel Fox (the team has begun patent proceedings for this project)
  • 2014 - West Point Exo-Skeleton
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering 
    Cadets: Ryan Polston, Brandon Zwank, Adam Hamner Zachary Reichert, and Meagan Latimer 
    Team Advisors: DR Becky Zifchock and MAJ Amber Walker
  • 2013 - Diagnostics on Demand Device
    Department of Chemistry & Life Sciences
    Cadets Christopher S Wallace and Erik L Hunstad. 
    Team Advisors: J Kenneth Wickiser, Ph.D. and James Loy, PhD
  • 2012 - Electric Field Gunshot Detection
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
    Cadets: Benjamin Poth, José Ramirez, and Matthew DiBasilio
    Team Advisors: Dr. Özer Arnas, LTC Bret Vanpoppel and MAJ John Evangelista
  • 2011 - STITCH
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Cadets: John Rollinson, Anthony Rodriguez, James Raub, Michael Weigand
  • 2010 – DemonEye
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Cadets: John Eischer, George William Hopkins, Derek Lee Wales 
    Team Advisors: LTC Greg Kilby, Dr. Wenli Huang, and LTC Bob McTasney
  • 2009 – Weapon Activated and Controlled Turret
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering 
    Cadets: Thomas Anderson, Nathaniel Clark, Wesley Kotz, Briana Stremick

Partner with West Point

Office of Research

The Office of Research helps coordinate West Point’s research efforts with external entities. Those interested in conducting research with West Point can email the Associate Dean for Research.

Academic Departments

West Point’s Academic Departments provide the intellectual capital required to execute ground-breaking and relevant research across numerous disciplines and domains.  

Centers & Institutes

West Point has numerous Centers and Institutes that work with academic departments as well as external organizations on groundbreaking and relevant research projects.