STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award

Army Research Laboratory Research Chemist Honored

STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award

The Department of Defense (DoD) honored Dr. Rose A. Pesce-Rodriguez from the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Weapons and Materials Directorate, Energetic Materials Science Branch, as the 2017 second quarter winner of the DoD Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award. Pesce-Rodriguez was recognized for the significant impact she’s made through her active involvement with STEM education outreach efforts, programs, and activities in Howard County, Maryland and other school districts throughout the region.

Pesce-Rodriguez has greatly supported the DoD’s STEM mission to inspire exceptional STEM talent across the Nation’s education continuum by capturing students’ interest in chemistry and STEM principles through her active role in ARL initiatives. She is a leader in Howard County’s “Chemistry in the Library” program, where each session offers an interactive, hands-on learning experience to a large number of students, teaching them the wonders of chemistry by conducting experiments in a fun and imaginative environment. Past sessions included themes such as “Chemistry Wonders of Our World,” which focused on activities and discussions centered around the colors of chemistry, while “The Great Indoors” explored indoor air and water quality. Additionally, Pesce-Rodriguez developed the Student Summer Symposium where interns at ARL have the opportunity to present their summer research projects to various members of the ARL scientific community. The goal is for interns to have a meaningful and invaluable laboratory experience to help develop the next generation of ARL scientists and engineers.

Pesce-Rodriguez’s endless enthusiasm for chemistry and ability to engage her students and interns through authentic real-world learning opportunities have greatly enhanced STEM education and outreach for the DoD. Her educational contributions towards her local community have paved a significant pathway towards inspiring and securing the future workforce talent, and has helped the Department achieve its STEM-related mission and goals.

Past STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Awards have also been presented to Shanda Johnson, Space, and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (2017 first quarter winner), and Lt Col Tucker Hamilton, United States Air Force (2016 fourth quarter winner).

By Emily Tully