DoD STEM Professionals & Alumni

Meet Spotlighted Alumni and Professionals

The Department of Defense (DoD)’s STEM professionals, including scientists, engineers, manufacturing, and more, are the bedrock of our nation’s most advanced technology and research breakthroughs, including the Internet, the Global Positioning System (GPS), virtual reality, virtual recognition technology, the digital camera, autonomous vehicles, and many more! These DoD STEM professionals also serve an important role as mentors to the aspiring future generation. Many DoD STEM opportunities for students in high school through college graduation are offered one-of-a-kind experiences.

80%

of jobs will require STEM skills in the next decade.

46%

The DoD employs nearly half of STEM professionals in the Federal government.

Dr. Oscar Perez

Dr. Oscar Perez
Computer Engineer and Cybersecurity Analyst
U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development, Command Data & Analysis Center

Dr. Oscar Perez

Computer Engineer and Cybersecurity Analyst
U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development, Command Data & Analysis Center
As a DoD cybersecurity analyst, Dr. Oscar Pérez is responsible for network and system security in the event of a cyberattack for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Data & Analysis Center. This critical position requires continuous research into developing technologies to ensure the nation’s security interests are protected.

Dr. Pérez sees different cyberattacks every day! He and his team work hard to stay ahead of the attackers by focusing on systems engineering design. They look for gaps in design and work to close them. In 2020, Dr. Pérez was recognized by the DoD Office of the Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology with the Laboratory Advocate of the Quarter Award at https://dodstem.us/meet/innovators/.

Dr. Pérez says that it is continually interesting to him how much can be achieved by electrons simply traveling through cable. When technology went wireless it “blew his mind” so much he decided to pursue a Ph.D. to further understand how to keep unapproved suitors from accessing any system where they are not welcome.

Dr. Pérez not only trains today's workforce but also works with middle and high school students to practice and teach them that there’s no one way to pursue a cybersecurity career. “Security for electronic devices is really important,” says Dr. Pérez. “I want to make sure that we have the most prepared team in the world.”

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Dr. Oscar Perez

Computer Engineer and Cybersecurity Analyst, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development, Command Data & Analysis Center
Dr. Oscar Perez

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Student and Researcher, University of Virginia
Samina Mondal

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Matthew Tan

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Rachel Seevers

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Dr. Brandon Cochenour

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