REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Tyler Sherrod is a mechanical engineer at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center. He works with the AMRDEC Metrology Team, which aims to provide reverse engineering, quality control and advanced manufacturing solutions for AMRDEC customers and others in the Redstone Community.

"My specific duties are to apply the structured blue-light 3D scanning technology we utilize to whatever application is necessary for the customer we are working with and to develop new applications that can be used by AMRDEC in the future," said Sherrod.

"The best thing about the team I work with is their desire to develop new ideas as opposed to applying the standard 'Army-prescribed solution' based on the type of problem that is being solved. By taking advantage of both the technical and creative minds in unison, we allow ourselves to explore new possible solutions to our most frequent problems. This is a refreshing detour from the 'do what we've always done' approach so prevalent in the government."

Sherrod says the Metrology team's main aspiration is to bring the U.S. Army back to the forefront of technology developments.

"This will not only attract new minds to the effort but will also help establish capabilities to consistently improve these Army needs."

Sherrod holds a Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and is pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering. He has also participated in AMRDEC's Daedalus Team, which is a five month program designed to cultivate and encourage "out of the box" thinking, problem solving and team building.

"I enjoy doing anything I can get my hands on. For the past few years that has included a number of Do-It-Yourself projects, woodworking, skydiving, motorcycles, backpacking, climbing or playing whatever musical instrument happens to be lying around the house. I've also had a number of opportunities to do mission work as a Spanish-English translator in Baja, Calif."

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The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities for decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.