NATICK -- The Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center wants to make sure that student interest in STEM careers continues to blossom. The center is committed to reaching out to talented students and making them aware of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career opportunities that CCDC SC has to offer.

With these goals and ideals in mind, four science, engineering, and technology experts from CCDC SC -- George Matook, Michael Samuel, David Audet, and Josh Buller -- recently educated and interacted with both high school and college students who were at WPI to participate in and/or observe the FIRST Robotics New England Championship hosted by WPI.

FIRST Robotics is part of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), an organization founded by WPI alumnus Dean Kamen to spark interest in science and technology. During the recent FIRST Robotics New England Championship, high school robotics teams showcased their talents and competed on the WPI campus.

During the event, the group from the CCDC SC manned a display adjacent to the competition venue to give students the chance to have hands-on, up-close experiences with exoskeleton technology, Soldier-Borne Sensor, wireless charging, and augmented reality mission planning.

CCDC SC is dedicated to using science and technology to ensure America's warfighters are optimized, protected, and lethal. The CCDC SC supports the Soldier Lethality-Cross Functional Team, or SL-CFT, priorities. The center's science and engineering expertise are combined with collaborations with industry, DOD, and academia to advance Soldier and squad performance.

Matook, a WPI alumnus and the deputy director of the Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate at the CCDC SC, said that CCDC SC was there, in part, to support the 75h Innovation Command and to educate students about Army careers in general and careers at the CCDC SC specifically.
Matook noted that participation in such events is crucial to encouraging and nurturing the invaluable talent pipeline that flows from WPI to Natick.

"It is important to make students aware of the types of career opportunities that the CCDC Soldier Center and the Army have to offer," said Matook.

"This was a good chance to talk to them about career opportunities and to show them the cool technologies that we develop to help the Soldier," said Buller.