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Mario Ward, specialization in mechanical engineering.

Courtesy of Mario Ward

The University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH), part of the University of Alabama System, announced that five UAH students have been awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (DoD SMART).

The winners include Kelly Campo, majoring in industrial and systems engineering; Mario Ward, student specializing in mechanical engineering; Joslyn Fletcher, majoring in aerospace engineering; Jeremiah Driscoll: cybersecurity engineering; and Sydney Gothart, Mechanical Engineering.

DoD SMART Logo

Courtesy of DoD SMART

DoD SMART is a service scholarship program in which the DoD provides a full scholarship to recipients to pursue research-based STEM degrees to advance the DoD mission, as well as health insurance, an annual stipend, and an assignment to an experienced mentor. in their field. For each year of funding toward an undergraduate or graduate degree, SMART Fellows commit to working that time for the DoD as a civilian employee. In addition to financial aid, DoD SMART offers annual summer research internships at DoD facilities, including Redstone Arsenal, across the United States to prepare students for full-time employment with DoD.

Mario district is an Honors Mechanical Engineering major and rising junior who has been very active in the honors community, serving as a community leader for the 2021-2022 academic year.

“Being a DoD SMART Fellow will not only empower me to focus more on school, but allow me to put the knowledge I gain in the classroom to good use during the summer internship,” says Ward. “Being here at UAH has given me the opportunity to branch out more and see what’s out there, especially in the case of research. Looking to the future, I plan to stay at DoD, but to join the Air Force and work with them.

Jeremy Driscoll

Courtesy of Jeremiah Driscoll

Jeremy Driscoll is a cybersecurity engineer who will intern at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) over the summers on his SMART scholarship.

“The DoD SMART Fellowship will be the catalyst for my academic career,” says Driscoll. “I was planning to self-fund the rest of my semesters at UAH, but with the SMART scholarship, I can complete all my coursework in a timely manner without having to cut credit hours. I transferred to UAH from Calhoun Community College in the fall 2020 semester, so most of my experience at UAH was impacted by the pandemic. However, the quality of courses does not seem to be affected by the move to online teaching. From there I hope to complete my education and then after an internship at the DoD I will work with them for the foreseeable future.

Sydney Gothart

Courtesy of Sydney Gothart

Sydney Gothart is a mechanical engineering student preparing for her second degree at UAH.

“Being a DoD SMART Fellow will have a positive impact on my academic career,” says Gothart. “It will teach me different ways to apply what I learned in class to the real world. More than anything, it relieves the stress of finding a job after graduation. UAH was an amazing experience. This is my second degree at UAH (my first was in exercise science) so I have a lot of experience and memories here. UAH challenges me in ways I never knew possible. I enjoyed my teachers and classes, and the friends I made along the way. In the future, I hope to successfully complete my ME degree from UAH. I intend to stay in Huntsville and raise a family here.

Kelly Campo

Courtesy of Kelly Campo

Kelly Campoa rising industrial and systems engineering junior with honors, has been offered a DoD SMART summer internship at the Missile Defense Agency at Redstone Arsenal.

“Being named a DoD SMART Scholar boosted my self-confidence as I was able to achieve the standards of a DoD SMART Scholar. As I reflected on how to respond to the Personal Statement, I learned more about myself, why I chose my major, my goals for the future, and where I want to be in the next five years. The DoD SMART Scholarship made me realize how much the real world values ​​a strong foundation built during one’s undergraduate career. Accordingly, I want to absorb as much as possible while I am here at UAH, whether through coursework, research, extracurricular activities, or connections. The UAH supported me throughout this application process and provided me with the opportunities that led to me becoming a DoD SMART Fellow. With the guidance and mentorship of my research advisor and mentor, my professors, the Honors College and the help of Ms. Staton during the application process as well as my family, I became a well-rounded student who won the DoD SMART Scholar Award. My next steps are to pursue a masters degree through the UAH JUMP program. After graduating, I plan to work in the defense industry in Huntsville.

Joslyn Fletcher

Courtesy of Joslyn Fletcher

Joslyn Fletcher is a rising aerospace engineering junior who will also intern with MDA at Redstone Arsenal during her final undergraduate summers.

“I believe the best way for anyone to learn is to get hands-on experience,” says Fletcher. “There is another level of understanding and confidence that can only be fully achieved through the work you do yourself. That being said, I believe being a DoD SMART Fellow will give me the opportunity to do that, so that I can continue my academic career beyond the classroom. My experience at UAH has been amazing. My experience here is what gave me this opportunity to further my learning, and I am extremely grateful. To In the future, I hope to build a career where I can work on impactful projects that will allow me to continue learning.I also plan to travel and learn all I can about the world we live in. There have so much to gain from different perspectives and cultures, and I want to experience as many of them as possible.Throughout my future, I want to inspire others to pursue their academic and personal passions.

For students who have received a 2022 DoD SMART Scholarship, please contact [email protected] for future recognition.


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