Electrical engineering graduate student Greg Vetaw won a SMART Scholarship-for-Service from theĀ U.S. Department of Defense. The scholarship provides a living stipend for students, full tuition coverage, internship opportunities, mentorship and a job at a DoD facility after graduation.

The scholarship is available to students in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recipients have an average GPA of 3.75, and only 19% of applicants receive awards.

“I am very honored to have been selected as a recipient of the SMART Scholarship. The opportunity will provide me with the support I need to continue my collaboration with researchers in the sonar community and help me gain the professional experience to have a healthy career in the DoD workforce upon graduation,” Vetaw says. “I am also grateful to have met my research advisor Dr. Suren Jayasuriya, who has given me tremendous support during my graduate studies and provided me with the research project that has helped me get to this point. I am also thankful to researchers at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State for providing me with the real-world sonar data that I have used extensively in my machine learning experiments and publications.”