Raytheon Sponsors Soldier Design Competition at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sep 20, 2004, 01:00 ET from Raytheon Company

    WALTHAM, 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 Nanotechnologies (ISN).  The
 competition began on Sept. 16, 2004 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
     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 contamination response.
     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.
      Nicholas Garrison

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