Aromando Enjoying SMART Scholarship Opportunity

Aromando Enjoying SMART Scholarship Opportunity

Senior will head to Hanscom Air Force Base for employment following graduation

Monday, December 21, 2015

Despite initial hesitation, Edith Aromando ’16 is happy she applied for a Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation scholarship through the Department of Defense (DoD).

A year after that decision, the senior mathematics student is halfway through a full educational scholarship and six months away from a guaranteed employment opportunity.

“Financially, this scholarship has helped me feel comfortable in my senior year,” said Aromando, who recently finished her first semester as a SMART scholar. “In addition, future employers will see a civilian DoD job as respectable prior experience.”

The SMART scholarship is awarded to college students in STEM-related fields following an application and interview process. Once accepting a scholarship offer, which Aromando did in June, students receive full tuition and education-related fees, a $25,000-$38,000 annual stipend, summer research opportunities and employment placement within the DoD after graduation.

For Edward Hinson, chair of the Mathematics & Statistics Department, Aromando’s recognition as a top scholar with employment potential was not a surprise.

"Edith has excelled in all areas of mathematics during her undergraduate career at UNH,” he said. “The department is proud of her accomplishments and contributions. It is both understandable and appropriate that her accomplishments and potential have been recognized in this SMART award."

Aromando, a Cumberland, Maine native, will begin her work as a cost estimator with the DoD at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts within 60 days of graduating in May. Her role will include working with engineers to better understand the weapons systems that they design.

“I am excited to gain experience working with multiple departments and making use of my education,” she said. “I hope to gain experience in effectively presenting my work to people unfamiliar with the language and research in my field. This is a skill I can transfer to any career.”

Aromando is the sixth UNH student, all within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, to be awarded a SMART scholarship. Civil engineering student Kirsten Ryzewic ’17 also received a scholarship offer this year but declined it. Matthew Skrabal ’16 is UNH’s other current SMART scholar. He received his award in 2014 and will serve his employment commitment at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Aromando is hoping to work along with others in her research experience and is excited to bring what she has learned at UNH to find efficient methods of production and operation.

“My favorite part of mathematics is that there is almost always more than one method to solving a problem,” she said.

Marianna Shubov, a mathematics professor who’s taught Aromando is multiple classes, is confident she will be an asset to the DoD.

“Edith has excellent work ethic,” said Shubov. “Edith is a serious responsible individual who can be placed in charge of any reasonable job. She will perform perfectly as an individual as well as a team member.”

Written by Brooks Payette

Communications/Outreach Coordinator

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Mathematics & Statistics