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    Deans Weekly Significant Activities Report

    9 October 2013

    The Deans Weekly Significant Activities Report is an internal report on all activities

    conducted within the Departments, Centers & Staff. The Report is provided to the Dean

    for situation awareness, throughout the organization for shared situation awareness,

    and to select external organizations for outreach and communication. Portions of the

    Deans Weekly Significant Activities Report are further staffed in a report to the

    Superintendent. POC for the report is MS Lesley Beckstrom at 938-5105.

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    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

    Completed Events

    1. Water Security Interests Discussion. On September 23rd, several members of the West

    Point faculty met to discuss a common interest in water security and conflict prediction.

    Significant work is already ongoing including assessments of the Nile River Basin by the Center

    for Nation Reconstruction and Capacity Development in partnership with ERDC and AIADs in

    Africa jointly sponsored by the Departments of Law, History, and Geography and Environmental

    Engineering. Planning is currently underway for additional water vulnerability security AIAD

    opportunities in Summer 2014 which will employ the expertise of these and other departments to

    address this complex issue. Because ERDC, the Department of State, and USAID also share an

    interest in water security, we envision small partnerships with these organizations to support this

    AIAD. Additionally, there is a clear potential for these smaller projects to grow into a larger,

    inter-departmental project to develop a river basin based conflict predictive model that would

    function at both the local and regional level. Such a project could synchronize the need to

    develop complex, critical thinkers for the 21st century Army, the multidisciplinary intellectual

    capital of the West Point faculty, and the technical expertise of ERDC to address a pressing need

    in a cost effective manner. Present at the meeting were Dr. Amy Krakowka, LTC Chris

    Oxendine, LTC Jeff Starke (Geography and Environmental Engineering), Dr. David Frey

    (History), Robert Goldstein (Law), Dr. Bruce Keith (Systems Engineering), MAJ Berndt Spittka

    (Civil and Mechanical Engineering), and LTC Steve Hart (ERDC). Follow on discussions

    continue with Dr. Joe Manous of the USACE Institute for Water Resources to on areas of

    common interest and mutual support. POC is LTC Steven D. Hart, ERDC Engineering Fellow

    and Director of Infrastructure Studies for the Center for Innovation and Engineering at or 845-938-3084.

    2. Civil Engineering Cadets Lend a Helping Hand. On Saturday, 28 September, 15 Civil

    Engineering Cadets and Faculty from the West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of

    Civil Engineers participated in a community service project at the Walter Hoving Home in

    Garrison, NY. During a leaders recon the previous weekend, the maintenance supervisor

    highlighted the need for some large, dead trees to be removed prior to the onset of winter

    weather, reducing the potential for blocked service drives. Cadets analyzed where the trees

    needed to fall, sometimes with only a small landing zone that was suitable. The Cadets then

    carefully fell each tree and either cut firewood or used an industrial chipper they rented to create

    mulch. The group accomplished an incredible amount of work during the day. The ladies of the

    Walter Hoving Home invited the Cadets to share lunch with them and chat, expressing their

    gratitude for all their effort. POC is MAJ Scott Katalenich at or 845-


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    Cadet Ryan McCadden cuts some firewood from a fallen tree.

    The West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.\

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    3. Civil & Mechanical Engineering Faculty Support the Tunnel to Towers Run. The

    Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering was well represented at the Tunnel to Towers

    run in NYC on Sunday, 29 September. Deputy Department Head, COL Fred Meyer and

    Associate Professor, Dr. Brock E. Barry ran at the head of the column of nearly 2,000 USMA

    cadets. This 5K run retraces the footsteps that NYFD Firefighter Stephen Siller took when

    attempting to respond to the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. When

    Stephens vehicle got caught in traffic, he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World

    Trade Center, carrying all of his gear, only to subsequently lose his life in the attempt to help

    others. Over 30,000 individuals participated in this years event. POC is COL Fred Meyer,

    4. Flight labs for ME481: The D/C&ME Flight Section conducted flight labs in the Departments Cessna-182 Skylane to demonstrate the relationship between aerodynamic theory

    and real-world application. This lab supports the classroom instruction of the senior engineering

    In this photo (l to r), the Dean's XO MAJ Lou Nemec, CME Associate Professor

    Dr. Brock E. Barry, CME Deputy Department Head COL Fred Meyer and USMA

    Dean of the Academic Board BG Tim Trainor at the World Trade Center


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    course ME481 Aircraft Performance & Static Stability. In a two-hour flight based out of Stewart

    International Airport, cadets collected flight data to compute the Cessna 182s indicated vs true

    airspeed correlation, estimate the aircrafts drag, build a drag polar, measure aerodynamic

    efficiency, and compute aircraft power. The Departments fixed wing pilots MAJ Ryan Goyings

    and MAJ Steve Chetcuti flew 30 cadets in 15 flights that totaled 31.5 flight hours. POC is MAJ

    Ryan Goyings:

    Lab Instructor MAJ Goyings with CDTs Peter Marx and Chris Hufana

    Department of History

    On 12 September, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History

    welcomed Dr. Chuck Anderton, an Economist from the College of the Holy Cross. Dr. Andertons

    expertise is conflict economics. His work analyzes varied conflicts such as war, arms races, and

    terrorism, and by applying economic methods, shows how each can be understood as purposeful choices.

    Conflict economics also assumes conflicts can be understood as wealth acquisition, which, like

    production and exchange, is a fundamental economic activity. At West Point, Dr. Anderton spoke to

    cadets in XH 415, Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing and faculty in numerous departments about studying

    genocide as an incentivized process understandable through use of rational choice models.

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    Dr. Anderton of College of the Holy Cross enjoying the benefits of visiting West Point during Branch


    Professor Sam Watson published an article, Conquerors Peacekeepers, or Both? The U.S. Army

    and West Florida, 1810-1811, a New Perspective, in the summer issue of the Florida Historical


    Major Dan Horst delivered a paper to the New York Military Affairs Symposium titled Fear &

    Loathing in Tatary: Three Americans Writing on Cultural and Military Exploits in the Russian

    Borderlands on 27 September at the Soldiers Sailors and Airmens Club in New York City.

    Major Horst explored how three American adventurers who traveled across Russian-central and east Asia

    in the late 19th century helped record Russian perceptions of the United States while simultaneously

    informing new Russian perspectives.

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    Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

    Guest Lecture EV450 (Environmental Engineering for Community Development). The

    Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) welcomed Dr. Elizabeth Ross,

    Executive Director and Founder of the Kasiisi Project, to lecture the EV450 Environmental

    Engineering for Community Development Course on 17 September. Dr. Ross spoke about

    The Kasiisi Project Conservation Education Program. Her talk focused on how

    community programs addressing education, healthcare and care for the environment that are

    supported by the Kasiisi Project are linked to the conservation of Kibale National Park. She

    emphasized the theme of accompaniment by focusing on the different agendas, loyalties,

    cultures and approaches to resources that she has witnessed throughout her 16 years as



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