Undercover charging: UH Manoa students tackle energy management in the jungle | Article
The 25th Infantry Division’s recently signed Educational Partnership Agreement with the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) is already sparking innovation both in the classroom and in the field. A team of five UH Manoa students, known as Team Metis, collaborated with Lightning Academy between January and May to solve an operational problem familiar to many but particularly relevant to the U.S. Pacific Division – reloading the gear during a multi-day foot patrol through the jungle canopy. . While other environments may rely heavily on solar cells for power generation, the dense nature of the canopy found in the Indo-Pacific greatly limits these options.
The problem was originally identified by US Army 1st Lt. Colin Stone, platoon leader at Lightning Academy, for the biannual Hacking 4 Defense program hosted by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The Lightning Academy is the US Army’s premier peaceful training facility, offering courses such as Jungle Operations, Air Assault, FRIES/SPIES, Small Unit Ranger Tactics, and Rappel Master. Hacking 4 Defense is a DOD-sponsored college course that connects students with defense partners to solve difficult tactical problems. The course provides students with a deeper understanding of national security issues and enables them to apply their newly developed technical skills in meaningful ways. Hacking 4 Defense simultaneously allows soldiers to engage with academia in a way that benefits their mission.
Metis members Allen Lum, Hangbo Zhang, Joshua Tritt, Gaila Galano and Caleb Mueller spent the first two months meeting with 25th ID Soldiers to develop a better understanding of patrol operations and related equipment at range tomorrow. They rephrased their problem statement several times, ultimately settling on: “Given a heavy reliance on batteries in a jungle environment, how can the logistical pressure imposed by battery-operated devices be reduced and the duration of can the mission be extended? Metis has mapped several passive and active energy production solutions and their environmental suitability. By the end of the semester, Team Metis had developed a comprehensive sixteen-page report and a custom online planning calculator designed to determine power consumption needs and the mechanisms to meet those needs for any given patrol in an environment. of jungle.
Team Metis, members of the newest 25th ID Modernization Program – Lightning Labs, and UH Manoa faculty and staff met April 28 at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox in Honolulu to discuss project results and plan a collaboration. future. 25th ID US Army Colonel Jeffery Van
Antwerp, deputy commander, gave the keynote address, and Lightning Labs co-director, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Mahdi Al-Husseini spoke as a panelist. “We’re in a dangerous place in the world these days,” VanAntwerp explained, adding, “our asymmetrical advantage is our allies and our partnerships…between academia and the military, between industry and the military. army”.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to connect with the local people here in Hawaii…connecting with you, we’re going to learn a lot,” VanAntwerp continued.
One thing is clear – the relationship between 25th ID and UH Manoa is here to stay and grow stronger than ever. Three H4D issues were identified for the fall semester – two from the C/3-25 Aviation Regiment Medical Evacuation Community on Lifting Operations, Landing Zone Hazards and one from the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team on innovative medical resupply strategies across island chains.