Mass., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raytheon
will sponsor the second annual Soldier Design Competition
hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's
Institute of Soldier Nanotechnology (ISN). The competition
began on Sept. 16, 2003 and invites student teams
to compete for $11,000 in prize money by applying
their creativity and engineering skills to develop
solutions to common problems of the modern soldier.
Raytheon will donate $25,000 to the competition and
will send two employees to mentor this year's participants.
"ISN's Soldier Design Competition underscores
the crucial role that math and science education can
play in protecting our troops," said Kevin Riley,
vice president of Technology at Raytheon Network Centric
Systems. "The contest both encourages students
to demonstrate their talent and leadership. Their
ideas may help keep our soldiers safe on the battlefield."
The Soldier Design Competition, first launched in
September 2003, aims to generate new products and
systems, designed by student teams, which will help
the modern soldier both on and off the battlefield.
Focused on practical, non-weapon products like pocket-sized
bolt cutters and personal cooling systems, the technology
that comes out of the competition often has multi-use
potential for firefighters, police, and even athletes.
Last year's first- place team developed the "TacShot,"
a rocket-launched aerial reconnaissance photography
system. Some of this year's projects include a portable
power generation system, a powered rope ascender,
and a hands-free casualty carriage system.
ISN was founded in March 2002 with a $50 million contract
from the U.S. Army. Raytheon, DuPont, and Partners
Healthcare are the founding partners of the institute.
ISN is working to help the U.S. Army redesign itself
as a lighter, faster, more agile force that can be
deployed quickly where soldiers are needed. Raytheon
is committed to developing technology that protects
our troops on the battlefield.
ISN's research mission is to apply miniaturized and
multifunctional nanotechnology to the warfighter's
battlesuit to dramatically improve the survivability
of our soldiers. Their challenge is to transform today's
cotton/nylon fatigues and bulky equipment belts to
a sleek, lightweight battlesuit that provides everything
from responsive armor to medical monitoring to communications-and
more-in one integrated system. ISN's current research
projects in battlesuit development include spandex-thin
bulletproof armor, biomedical monitoring, automated
medical treatment, and immediate chemical and biological
Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) , with 2003 sales of $18.1
billion, is an industry leader in defense, government
and commercial electronics, space, information technology,
technical services, and business and special mission
aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon
employs more than 78,000 people worldwide.
Source: Raytheon Company
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