SMART Scholar Award- April 2020

Fayetteville, AR: Justin Rudie was recently awarded the Department of Defense’s Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowship. This competitive scholarship opportunity provides recipients with full academic funding for up to five (5) years contingent on agreeable terms of required service repayment scheme equal to the number of years funded upon graduation. Recipients are funded by a supporting facility (Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane) where they will intern during the summers working alongside DoD scientists and engineers. Visit link for award details…..


MURI Kick-Off Meeting – October 17 – 18, 2019

Fayetteville, AR: Our MURI award kick-off meeting was held at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In attendance are representatives from the collaborating universities, defense research laboratories as well as invited industry professionals. The $7.5 million grant kick-off meeting featured on-site facility tours, project research scope definition as well as strategic directives and expectations from principal investigators and program managers. See link for official university press release for further details.


Award Announcement – Press Release

Below are the links to the official DoD and collaborating university press release:   

Department of Defense (DOD)

University of Arkansas

George Washington University 

Arizona State University

University of Massachussetts, Boston 



Dr. Greg Sun named OSA Fellow

Team MURI heartily congratulates Prof. Greg Sun for his meritorious contributions to the field of optics and photonics. He was recently named fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and we are all here for it. The award constitutes select few OSA members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. No more than 10 percent of the total OSA membership may be Fellows at any given time, making each year’s honorees a highly selective group. Quite an accomplishment, Prof!