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SMART Symposium: Creating Leaders of the Future

The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program, managed under the Office of the Undersecretary for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), is hosting its fifth annual symposium on July 12-14, 2022.

A highly competitive scholarship-for-service program focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), SMART is one of the largest STEM education and workforce initiatives effort under DoD STEM. DoD STEM is the Department’s comprehensive K-20 STEM education and talent development effort, which inspires, cultivates, and develops talent to address the Nation’s technological challenges, now and into the future. SMART is empowered to make full-tuition awards during any phase of a scholar’s education in a regionally accredited U.S. university or college. The program sponsors undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral study in 21 academic disciplines that the Department has identified as critical to national security and DoD’s future. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded over 3,000 scholarships.

This year’s three-day virtual symposium entitled “Creating Leaders of the Future” will consist of Department of Defense (DoD) science and technology leaders charting a course on future priorities, while SMART scholars present their own journeys and technical contributions towards these goals. Representatives from DoD and Academia will meet to discuss how to leverage SMART to expand access to, and broaden diversity within, the future DoD technical workforce. 


REGISTER TO ATTEND (Free to attend)


If you are interested to learn more about the Heinz College programs that qualify for the SMART Scholarship, please reach out to Randy Trzeciak, who will be attending the conference.

Randy Trzeciak serves as the Director of the Masters of Science Information Security Policy & Management (MSISPM) Program as well as an adjunct professor for the graduate School of Information Systems and Management.  He also hold dual appointment at CMU’s Software Engineering Institute where he serves as the Technical Manager of CERT’s Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Management Team and the CERT Insider Threat Center.