MIE Student Wins Prestigious SMART Scholarship
Paola Kefallinos, E’23, mechanical engineering, was recently awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.
This award provides students with full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, a stipend, and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation. This unique opportunity offers students hands-on experience at one of over 200 of the nation’s most innovative laboratories across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and larger Department of Defense. During summer internships, SMART Scholars work directly with an experienced mentor, gaining valuable technical skills. After graduation, Kefallinos will work at Hanscom Air Force Base in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Kefallinos is currently studying mechanical engineering with a special focus in mechatronics. “I’m honored to be a recipient of this scholarship and I look forward to serving my country while working for the Air Force,” Kefallinos said.
The Department of Defense is the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the nation with nearly 300,000 STEM professionals. For over a decade, SMART has trained a highly-skilled STEM workforce that competes with the evolving trends of the industry to support the next generation of science and technology for our nation.