Ask most people to describe a day in the life at their company and you’ll hear about cubicles, water cooler talk, maybe Taco Tuesday. But for Dake Amenyah, an electrical engineer at our Booz Allen Aberdeen office, a workday looks very different.
On the job and on the road
Dake and his team design communications equipment for the U.S. Army. Whereas many companies don’t offer the chance to build prototypes because of the cost, Booz Allen relies on the practice as a way to develop not just any solution, but the right solution.
Once he builds the prototype, Dake and the team test it in a field near the lab. But when lives are at stake, that’s not enough: The team needs to witness firsthand how soldiers use their technology. So they head to Texas.
In Texas, under the hot desert sun, Dake watches Army soldiers perform field exercises using his prototypes, noting improvements he’ll make back at the lab.
“Watching actual soldiers use my equipment is very different from a bunch of engineers running around a field with it,” Dake says. “Soldiers use the gear differently: they’re focused on their mission, not the equipment. We have to make the equipment rugged enough to withstand how soldiers need to use it.”
Solving tough problems
Once they’re back at their Aberdeen lab, Dake’s team gets to work modifying their prototypes, while other teams focus on different communications challenges faced by the Army. The rapid prototyping environment gives them the opportunity to test ideas with the men and women who will ultimately be using them.
Together, they’re solving some of the Army’s toughest problems.