Welcome to the WISE Challenge
1st PLACE: U.S. Military Academy; Adaptive RF Emitter
CDT Samuel Della-Santina, Zachary Wolsborn, Sebastian Wilkinson
A low cost and reproducible RF emitter is designed to meet a variety of Electronic Warfare training and force protection missions, allowing users to generate signals with various properties including frequency hopping, and to better prepare forces for the modern battlefield.
2nd PLACE: U.S. Air Force Academy; COSMIC
CDTs Andrew Hancock, Wesley Park, John Cook, McKenzie “Mac” Steiner
Model-Based Validation of U.S. Military Scenarios with Digital Threads
3rd PLACE: U.S. Naval Academy; Covert Radiation Anomaly Bomb Sensor
Midn Mary Brackett, Doug Gologorsky, Ben Werve, Brant Purcell, Matt Niichel
The CRABS team has developed a system of portable and stationary covert radiation sensors to be used in publicly trafficked areas such as sports venues. This system is directional and integrated to allow the identification and localization of illicit radiation sources.
HONORABLE MENTION: U.S. Coast Guard Academy; CubeSat
1/c Alyssa Burns, 1/c Rebecca Emerson, 1/c Godwyn Piang Nee
Establishing operating procedures for the Mobile CubeSat Command and Control (mC3) ground station, located at the USCGA. Paving the way for its use in educational, research, and military future CubeSat missions by CGA and its partner institutions.
The Warfighter Innovation in Science & Engineering (WISE) Challenge is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition among all five prestigious U.S. Service Academies. Cadets/Midshipmen from the United States Military Academy (USMA), the United States Naval Academy (USNA), the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) will present their innovative solutions to Service-specific or joint-mission challenges in a virtual format on 25 April 2023.
Projects will be judged for innovation, technical approach/analysis, operational impact to the Warfighter, and how well their idea is communicated to the judges.
The WISE Challenge was designed in partnership with all Academies with the intent of DEVCOM Soldier Center hosting annually. The goal is to showcase innovative, undergraduate research and development achievements in both science and engineering. In addition, the WISE Challenge will serve as a conduit to expand networks between Academies and DoD stakeholders.
- Each Service Academy can send up to 3 teams to compete.
- Academies determine their own challenge problems or areas deemed relevant to their unique missions, and/or the joint Warfighter.
- Each team will provide a poster of their project for viewing by the public before 25 April 2023.
- Competing teams will present their projects and answer questions to the WISE Challenge panel of judges on 25 April 2023.
- Winners will be announced Wednesday, 26 April at 2000 EDT.
- Watch live on DEVCOM SC’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/devcom.SoldierCenter).
Judging Criteria for Projects
- Innovation (20%): Is the approach creative? Is there potential for disruptive or breakthrough innovation?
- Technical (35%): How rigorous was the team’s technical approach and analysis?
- Impact (35%): What is the degree/breadth of operational impact to the Warfighter? Does it offer a solution to a capability gap or create a new capability in our mission?
- Communication (10%): Has the team effectively conveyed their project’s objective, background, approach, and outcomes to the audience?
Prize money will be awarded as follows to the top four teams
- 1st Place: $1200 per team member
- 2nd Place: $900 per team member
- 3rd Place: $600 per team member
- Honorable mention: $300 per team member
- Brigadier General William R. Glaser
Director, Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team
- Ms. Anjanette S. Knappenberger, SES
Executive Director, Pacific Fleet
- Captain Daniel P. Keane, USCG
Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center
- Dr. William J. Sembler, P.E., Ph.D.
Captain, USMS (Ret.), Professor Emeritus, Department of Marine Engineering, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
- Dr. Craig T. Narasaki, Ph.D.
Colonel, USAF (Ret.)., Air and Space Biosciences Division Chief, Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory
- Ms. Kanesha Humose
Lead Engineer, S&T Next Generation Effects, USSOCOM
- Dr. Robb Wilcox (Panel Chair):
Chief Research Officer, DEVCOM Soldier Center