Conducts training and personnel performance research to enhance individual and unit performance across the full range of Army missions.


Angie Dowdell

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School:
Columbus State University

Degree Program:
M.S., Applied Computer Science

As a Consortium Research Fellow, I work with Dr. Brou on a project with a research aim to identify the factors of soldier performance on a peer to peer level as well as an instructor to student level. I contribute to a team that is constantly developing technologies that are used for improvements in soldier training efficiency. As a constituent of the team at the ARI, I actively observe data collection and contribute to necessary database updates. In the future I will be actively communicating with stakeholders. These discussions and observations will allow me to contribute to technology recommendations in a timely and efficient manner. In doing this, I will contribute to the assessment of the attributes of leadership within the soldier training environment.


Blake Ledford

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School:
Columbus State University

Degree Program:
B.S., Computer Science, Systems Development

I work with Dr. Randy Brou on several projects, to include assessing what attributes contribute to successful leadership within the Army. As part of my efforts, I build, maintain, and update simple databases to assist in data collection. Other projects include working with other mentors on evaluating marksmanship training effectiveness, to include new and current TADSS. Potential projects for the future include developing an update for an existing UAS simulator to encompass a larger scope of needed skill sets; and developing an app to enhance marksmanship fundamental training techniques.


John T. Miller, II

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School:
Capella University

Degree Program:
Ph.D., Psychology (Industrial/Organizational)

Pilot Evaluation of CK Gunfighter: Working with Dr. Jean Dyer on questionnaire design and preparation for data collection on effectiveness of simulator Rifle Marksmanship training Program of Instruction.

Attack the Network (AtN) Game-Based Exercise: Worked with Dr. Martin Bink on data collection and analysis on training effectiveness of course that used paper-based and video-based games with classrooms of soldier’s ability to interact, influence, and react in geo-social environments. (Project completed October 2014)

Dismounted Soldier Training System (DSTS) User Assessment: Worked with Dr. Martin Bink on data collection and analysis on self-reported ease of interactivity between the Soldier and DSTS with the intent of assisting the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), Directorate of Training and Doctrine (DOTD) with identifying issues that could influence fielding and improvement of subsequent versions of DSTS. (Project completed April 2014).

Evaluation of the Advanced Situational Awareness Training (ASAT) Program: Worked with Dr. Clinton Irvin evaluating the effect of the Advanced Situational Awareness Training (ASAT) program on Soldiers’ ability to detect and correctly interpret subtle, nonverbal behaviors and the impact of having ASAT trained Soldiers within units completing pre-deployment training at JRTC. (Project completed December 2013)

Significant accomplishments: Abstract and research paper on Assessing Game-based learning for HUMIT training was accepted for I/ITSEC 2015, and dissertation research proposal currently before Institutional Review Board(IRB) October through December 2015.

Publications

Bink, M. & Miller II, J. (2015). Assessing the Use of Game-Based Exercises in the Staff Attack the Network Course (ARI Research Note 2015-02). Fort Belvoir, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Bink, M.L., Ingurgio, V.J., James D.R., & Miller II, J. (2015). Training Capability Data for Dismounted Soldier Training Systems (ARI Research Report submitted). Fort Belvoir, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Bickley, W., Irvin, C., & Miller II, J. (2015). Evaluation of the Advanced Situational Awareness Training (ASAT) Pilot Program (ARI Research Report submitted). Fort Belvoir, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.


Melissa Stuhlman

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School:
Auburn University

Degree Program:
Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology

As a Consortium Research Fellow, I work with Dr. Elizabeth Uhl on the assessment of the Robotic Human Type Target training for snipers in order to improve realistic movement across terrain to simulate field conditions. Additionally, we are working on the improvement of the leadership assessment form used for field training exercises. This will allow for more accurate ratings and the potential for conversion to a tablet application. I will also assist on an upcoming project related to the use of peer-rating in the military.