Golden West Design Lab

Innovative Products for Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Golden West has a history of creating innovative solutions to address problems within the field of humanitarian explosive ordnance destruction. This history began with the creation of the binary liquid explosive NMDTM which allowed unequaled flexibility in ordnance disposal operations. Building on this success, Golden West pioneered a manufacturing method for providing explosives to humanitarian demining operators while simultaneously destroying weapons stockpiles; the Explosive Harvesting Program Cambodia.

The establishment of the Golden West Design Lab in Fall of 2013 builds on this rich legacy. The Golden West Design Lab was founded on the idea that we can create innovative solutions for our field through collaboration with cutting-edge partners and by leveraging the latest technological advancements.

Advanced Ordnance Training Materials (AOTM) program was the first major initiative by the Golden West Design Lab. The purpose of AOTM is to make Explosive Ordnance Disposal training better, and our profession safer. We believe that knowledge of ordnance functioning is critical to this effort.

AOTM is a collaboration between the Golden West Deign Lab with faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Seed funding for AOTM was provided by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement. The AOTM program is maintained through product sales.

ATOM products are currently in use with organizations such as United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross, and numerous governments including the Swiss, Japanese and United States.

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Our commitment to collaboration runs deep, and one of the best ways we have found to accomplish this is through a rigorous internship program. Golden West Design Lab internships set students on a meaningful journey of personal and professional development that empowers young engineers to create real products. Design Lab alumni typically serve as lead designer on one product during their tenure that will be deployed into worldwide service!

Alumni have gone on to do great things and start impressive careers: Doron The En-Tsien (SUTD, 2013), Steven Schraer (Villanova, 2013), Chia Wan Ling Gretchen (2014), Thein Than Tun (SUTD, 2015), Chua Siang Qin Marcus (SUTD, 2015).

The Engineering Education Partnership (EEP), is an initiative supported by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, which exposes the field of humanitarian mine action energetic young minds minds while simultaneously supporting U.S. STEM education. This initiative is catalyzed by the Golden West Design Lab in cooperation with the Villanova University.

Students participating in the EEP are seniors (year 4) mechanical engineering candidates. Over the course of one year, these students work in teams with faculty and Design Lab mentors to develop a senior-level design project which address one aspect of humanitarian ordnance disposal. Examples of past projects include the $10k EOD Robot and the Ordnance Burner Filtration System.

Contact Information

Allen Dodgson Tan
Director of Applied Technology

John Wright
Chief Design Engineer