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Episode #18: Engineering Anthropometry: Designing Protective Clothing & Equipment that Fits

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Military personnel can't shop at several different stores until they find clothing & equipment that's just the right fit for their body type, and the consequences of ill fitting equipment on the battlefield go far beyond crimes of fashion. So to optimize the safety and performance of Soldiers, US Army anthropologists do research on human body size and shape variation (anthropometry) that influences the design and sizing of everything a Soldier wears, carries, flies, drives, works at or lives in. Dr. Claire Gordon, Senior Scientist in Biological Anthropology at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, & Engineering Center (NSRDEC) discusses the scientific and engineering challenges of fitting the wide variety of body sizes and shapes present in today's Army, and the technology transfer of anthropometric data and methods to civilian first responders and American Industry.

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