Payne Earns SMART Scholarship


October 4, 2010

ECE Ph.D. student John Payne recently earned a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship from the Department of Defense. Founded to support the education of America's future scientists and engineers, the SMART Scholarship-for-Service program is part of a concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD facilities and agencies, and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place.

As a SMART recipient, Payne will receive full tuition and fees, a cash award, paid summer internships, a health insurance reimbursement, book allowance and mentoring. He'll also be placed in a civilian job in a DoD facility after graduation.

Payne currently works with Drew D. Perkins Professor of Engineering Hyong Kim, investigating computer networks and communication. Specifically, he models computer networks and communications via stochastic differential and integral equations, then uses the models to predict future quality of service and prevent network congestion. He's also applying similar techniques to control and model the performance of virtual machines in data centers.

The SMART program is open to undergraduate, master's and doctoral students who are U.S. citizens and have demonstrated ability in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. For more on the program, visit

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