Department of Defense STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award

Congratulations to Lt. Col. Tucker Hamilton, U.S. Air Force, for his award as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter presented by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Mary J. Miller.

Hamilton founded and runs a non-profit organization, STEM-ED, to facilitate STEM outreach. The Florida-based STEM-ED supports teachers in need in the Eglin Air Force Base area. The organization has grown exponentially with more than 600 volunteers, organized outreach events, and mentorship opportunities in the Florida panhandle.

Hamilton also serves as the inaugural chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics STEM committee. As chair, he was directly responsible for creating a robotics competition later used as a beta test by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a frequent speaker in the Washington, D.C., area, reaching more than 1,700 people.

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The STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of DoD military and civilian personnel in promoting, enhancing, and developing STEM education and outreach activities.


2017 Awardees


2016 Awardees

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