Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Prestigious DoD SMART Fellowship awarded to FAMU grad student

FAMU graduate student Faheem Muhammed has been awarded the 2017 Department of Defense SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation) Fellowship, one of only two hundred nationwide across all fields and the first FAMU student to have received this prestigious award. The is the first DoD SMART Fellowship to be awarded in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Muhammed's graduate research will involve working with Professor Subramanian Ramakrishnan in the FAMU-FSU Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and with U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientist Larry Holmes, Principal Investigator for Additive Manufacturing Materials Development. The topic of this group's research involves additive manufacturing of low k dielectric polymer-particle composites for electromagnetic shielding applications.

Working closely with Army Labs, Muhammed will be able to use state of the art materials science and 3D printing technology that increases microelectronic capabilities, reduces unintentional radiated electrical emissions, assists thermal management in thermo-electronics, and creates tunable composites for use in sensors.

"Faheem is a very driven and talented student. He came to chemical engineering with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, took all the engineering undergraduate classes, did well and is now pursuing his graduate degree. Previously he was awarded the NASA Harriet Jenkins Fellowship with internships at Kennedy Space Center and an internship at Army Research Labs. The scientists at Army Labs were impressed by Faheem's work ethic and productivity and wanted to continue working with him, one of the main reasons he was awarded the SMART Fellowship. I am extremely happy for him and look forward to working with him on this exciting research topic in collaboration with Army Labs," added Ramakrishnan.

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. It is an extremely competitive national program with a commitment from the DOD to hire the student after graduation.

More information about the fellowship can be found here.

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