Luke Gleba DoD SMART Scholars

Penn State Senior Awarded DoD SMART Scholarship for Cyber Security

Luke Gleba will join the U.S. Army Communication Electronic Command in Aberdeen, Maryland as a DoD civilian

Luka Gleba, a third-year senior undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), was recently awarded a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship by the Department of Defense (DoD).

SMART is a scholarship-for-service program that provides full tuition and other financial benefits in exchange for a period of post-graduation civilian service in a DoD facility. Another benefit of the program comes in the form of internships that allow for broadly relevant hands-on research and work experiences in DoD facilities, thereby enhancing their educational experience. The SMART Scholarship Program represents a critical DoD investment in attracting the best and brightest of minds whose technical expertise will help execute the Department's mission.

Gleba, who is majoring in security and risk analysis (SRA) with a focus in information and cybersecurity, is a Penn State research assistant and member of the College of the IST Competitive Cyber Security Organization. Upon graduation, Gleba will join the U.S. Army Communication Electronic Command (CECOM) workforce in Aberdeen, Maryland as a DoD civilian. Gleba is very passionate about ensuring American troops’ safety and developing methods to become more effective against enemy combatants because his brother is currently serving in the military. He would like to help his brother and all active duty military by helping to advance scientific and technological innovation to meet current and future U.S. defense challenges.

Because of Gleba’s motivation, hard work, and personal connection to our Nation’s military personnel, he was able to stand out amongst thousands of other SMART applicants and will help the DoD maintain its edge in developing state of-the-art and advanced combat capabilities.

To learn more about the SMART program and to apply, please visit the DoD SMART website

Information in this post was excerpted from the following Penn State news article:

By Emily Tully