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Tuesday, February 7, 12:00 pm ET
Tuesday, March 7, 12:00 pm ET

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Upcoming Presentations

Tuesday, February 7, 12:00 pm

Join us for our February webinar featuring Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter winner Dr. David Baker from the U.S. Army’s Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Baker will be presenting on his pioneering research that has enhanced renewable energy technologies constrained by size and weight and is critical to the U.S. Army and the Department.  He led efforts that created a remarkable paradigm shift in fuel cell conversion efficiency by illuminating metal nanoparticles to catalytically oxidize alcohols, which enabled the full conversion of alcohols for fuel cells thus extending operating lifetimes of future powered devices.  In addition, he developed new water-splitting catalysts made of Earth-abundant materials demonstrating higher activities than expensive and rare state-of-the-art metals.  


Times listed are Eastern Time

11:30 am–12:00 pm
Log-in / Communications Check

12:00 pm–12:10 pm
Administrative Remarks and Welcome

12:10 pm–1:00 pm

Tuesday, March 7, 12:00 pm ET

Join us for our March webinar featuring FY22 SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year. These scholar and mentor pairs demonstrate exemplary achievements during the pursuit of the scholar’s SMART-sponsored degree (Phase 1), during their DoD employment commitment (Phase 2), or as a seasoned DoD science and technology professional post-service commitment (Phase 3). Learn about the FY22 SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year by clicking on their biographies below. To read the award announcement, click here

The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity. SMART Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students currently pursuing a degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines. SMART scholars receive full tuition, annual stipends, internships, and guaranteed civilian employment with the DoD after graduation. In return, scholars fulfill a civilian employment commitment upon graduation at a DoD laboratory, center, or installation. The application season runs on an annual basis: opens in August and closes on December 1st. To learn more about the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program, visit    

Phase 1 BS/MS

Phase 1 PhD

Phase 2 BS/MS

Phase 2 PhD

Phase 3 BS/MS

Phase 3 PhD


Times listed are Eastern Time

11:30 am–12:00 pm
Log-in / Communications Check

12:00 pm–12:05 pm
Administrative Remarks and Welcome

12:05 pm–12:20 pm
Leadership Remarks

12:20 pm–2:25 pm

2:25 pm–2:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Past Innovator Awardees

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