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Two Auburn Engineering students have recently accepted SMART Scholarships from the U.S. Department of Defense, or DOD: Doctoral student Roberto Perera Aguiar and rising junior Lila Saunders, both from the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation, or SMART, Scholarship-for-Service program is a prestigious scholarship that provides a combined education and career opportunity to students pursuing degrees in STEM fields that will enhance the DOD civilian workforce.

In addition to financial support, SMART scholars receive guaranteed employment with DOD facilities during the summer and after graduation. Aguiar is looking forward to contributing as a research scientist as part of the Naval Air Warfare Center/Weapons Division, or NAWCWD. After completing her aerospace engineering degree, Saunders will launch her career with the Army Research and Analysis Center located at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. She’ll be working in ground operations research and analysis.

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