TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Florida A&M University grad student is receiving a special honor.
Faheem Muhammed is awarded the 2017 Department of Defense SMART Fellowship, making him one of only 200 nationwide across all fields, and the first FAMU student to receive this award.
The SMART Scholarship for Service program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed with the Department of Defense, once they get their degree.
The grant will go towards Fahheem's graduate research in the FAMU-FSU Engineering School's department of chemical and biomedical engineering.
Muhammed will be able to use state of the art materials, science, and 3-D printing technology.
"I would have to thank my advisor and my parents of course. My parents always pushed me to be in the STEM field and my advisor," said Muhammed. "I first started of as a masters student but he really pushed me to do the PHD and he sent me on a good internship down at the Department of Defense Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and while there, I really got the passion to want to work in that type of research realm and over time I just grew to love it. So that's when I decided to apply to this program in December and as luck would have it I was able to get it."
This is also the first DOD SMART Fellowship in the department of chemical and biomedical engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.
Find out more about the Department of Defense SMART Fellowship here.