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Math and Munitions, the Business of the Military

How does a Keuka degree fit into daily military life?

Maddox '07, right, is sworn in as a USAF Captain.

Just ask U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Maddox ’07, who graduated with a B.A. in math and a B.S. in business management, and now serves as operations officer for the U.S. Air Force 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, which includes four officers and 461 enlisted airmen at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Maddox is second-in-command to the squadron commander.

“I handle operations and she handles the personnel—the pats on the back and the kicks in the butt, so to speak,” he said. “We provide munitions support and we do maintenance. Let’s say after flying, a part gets damaged and needs repair. We repair it through metal fabrication.”

In addition, the squadron handles what Maddox calls “deep tissue maintenance,” such that after every 400 flight hours logged by a particular plane, it will spend from 7-20 days in the base hangar getting stripped down for  more intensive analysis or repairs.

Maddox supervises logistics, storage, supply chain management and more for Air Force munitions, like this bomb, at his base in Germany.

“As far as business is concerned, maintenance and munitions is pretty much like any other business. We have a product, a process, customers, logistics, and a supply chain. I market my product to my customers – other squadrons – so they get what they want and I’m able to supply it. It’s almost a direct correlation [to business].” (more…)

Leapin’ Lizards! Student Research Garners Funding

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Spring 2001 issue of Keuka Magazine:

When senior Ted Evans applied for a grant from the Rochester Academy of Science (RAS), he asked for $340 to fund his research on the male green an ole, a type of lizard.
He not only received full funding for his research, but the RAS also gave him an unrestricted award of $50 to be used any way he wished.

“Theodore Evans’ proposal was unanimously reviewed as the best proposal we received this year,” wrote the chair of the RAS Student Grants Committee.

Evans is studying the male green anole (American chameleon), a lizard that will bob its head during aggressive displays, such as when defending its territory.  The lizards also have a flap of skin under their throat, known as a dewlap, which can expand to a bright red for a flashy display. Evans uses a video camera to record the behavior of a male lizard, including the pattern of head bobs, when alone, when paired with another male, and
when paired with a female.

Evans, who studied primate behavior during his senior Field Period at Bucknell University, plans to attend graduate school and major in animal behavior.