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Expanding upon a Successful Partnership

Building upon several decades of collaboration, WPI and The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, look to a future of jointly developing innovations to improve the effectiveness and readiness of America’s warfighters. Researchers at WPI and DEVCOM are working together to pursue advances in fire science, data and security, aerospace engineering, manufacturing, and robotics.

Working with DEVCOM allows WPI to form active research teams around our shared areas of expertise, and address the problems that need solving. WPI offers training and on-site programming for DEVCOM civilians, scientists, and engineers in various competency areas. In addition, more than 10 percent of DEVCOM's scientific population is the product of WPI’s strong pipeline in STEM disciplines.


Innovative Research Projects

The Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mechaTronics (CHSLT) at WPI is currently working with DEVCOM on two research projects aimed at protecting soldiers from hazards that can result in serious bodily and brain injuries and damage to the visual and auditory systems. In particular, CHSLT is seeking to leverage knowledge gained from its laboratory studies and new technologies to develop more effective smart technologies for protecting the eyes and ears, as well as new ways of designing and testing advanced helmets and wearable protection plates, including the use of quantitative ultra-high-speed imaging. 


Making Soldiers’ Lives Better

Collaborative opportunities were the focal point of a symposium with invited guest: Combat Capabilities Development Command - Soldier Center. Presenters from both WPI and and the soldier center came together so researchers from both institutions can identify potential collaborations that can make soldiers’ lives easier, healthier, and safer.

In Great Company

Whether it’s collaborating on fire protection engineering research, facilitating on-site graduate degree programs, or providing a pipeline of talent, WPI is helping the Combat Capabilities Development Command - Soldier Center solve an important real-world problem: optimizing the performance of soldiers on the battlefield.