Jacob Roberts, a freshman in the computer science program at Louisiana Tech University, has been selected for a prestigious scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense, Mathematics, and Transformation Research (DoD SMART Scholarship). ).
The DoD SMART Scholarship offers students with academic success full enrollment of up to five years, summer internship opportunities, a scholarship, and full-time work with the Department of Defense upon graduation. This unique opportunity offers students hands-on experience in one of the more than 200 of the country’s most innovative laboratories across the Department of Defense. In addition, during summer internships, SMART academics work directly with experienced mentors on defense-related projects, gaining valuable technical skills.
“I’m very honored to receive this opportunity,” he said, “and I can’t wait to see what possibilities arise in the future during my stay at Louisiana Tech and during my SMART internship.”
When he begins his first internship in the summer of 2022, Roberts hopes to have a solid background in computer science and cybersecurity methods from his course.
“As a freshman, my classmates and I have already learned the basics of computer science and cybersecurity and how to apply them to real life situations. In addition, we have the skills to apply the theory to real-world threats due to the first-year Living with Cyber series that Louisiana Tech offers first-year computer science and cyber engineering students. We practically work, codify and build with Raspberry Pi systems from the first fall quarter of the programs.
“Another reason why I feel prepared for a career in cybersecurity is that the teachers of computer and cyber engineering programs give personalized attention to each student as the classes are small. I can ask questions and get answers in a way that might not be possible in a larger class. Sr. [Kyle] Prather [adjunct instructor of computer science and creative development director of the Thingery at Louisiana Tech] he made it his mission to make sure all the students in my freshman classes learned the basic theory and skills. “
The Department of Defense is the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the country with nearly 300,000 STEM professionals (science, technology, engineering, and math). For more than a decade, SMART has formed a highly skilled STEM staff that competes with the evolving trends of the industry to support the next generation of science and technology for our nation.
After graduating, Roberts plans to work at the U.S. Army Center for Research, Development of Engineers – Information Technology Laboratory in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he will use his Louisiana Tech training and experience. their summer practices to help protect U.S. infrastructure from cyberattacks.
“I chose to specialize in computer science because I think this is a way to be able to help more people. As an Eagle Scout, I knew I wanted to help more people and I feel that computing is one way to do that as we move into a more technological future.
“This scholarship is a step towards this goal. I suggest that anyone who is interested request it. It can help relieve financial stress and work with people in your field. Even if you don’t want to stay with the DoD, it will be good on your resume and prepare you for the future. Because the scholarship is related to various STEM fields, anyone in the College of Engineering and Science could be eligible. “