Becker Wins SMART Scholarship


April 21, 2011

Second-year Ph.D. student Jonathan Becker has earned a Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship to support his work on evolved anti-jamming beamforming antenna arrays. The scholarship, sponsored by the National Defense Education Program, supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

As a SMART Scholarship winner, Becker will receive full tuition and related educational expenses, a health insurance reimbursement allowance, cash award and book allowance. Becker is also guaranteed a summer internship at a Department of Defense (DoD) facility and a post-graduate civilian job in a DoD laboratory or agency.

Becker, who is enrolled in the ECE Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, works with Associate Research Professor Jason Lohn to develop algorithms that thwart jammers while directing energy toward the desired signal. The SMART scholarship will allow him to continue that work and to ensure that wireless communications systems are not jammed by adversaries.

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Jonathan Becker