Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Chemist Honored

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently honored Dr. Rose A. Pesce-Rodriguez, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Weapons and Materials Directorate, Energetic Materials Science Branch chemist, as the 2017 second quarter winner of the DoD Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award. Recognized for active involvement with STEM education outreach efforts, programs, and activities, Dr. Rodriguez provided significant impact in Howard County, Maryland and other school districts throughout the region.

Daniel A. Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) and Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT). Johnson was awarded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award in March 2017.

From left to right: Acting USD AT&L Mr. James MacStarvic, Acting ASD(R&E) Ms. Mary Miller, Dr. Rose A. Pesce-Rodriguez from Army Research Laboratory, Acting DASD(R) Mr. Dale Ormond

Pesce-Rodriguez supported the DoD’s STEM mission to inspire exceptional STEM talent across the Nation’s education continuum. Capturing students’ interest in chemistry and STEM principles through an active role in ARL initiatives, she is a leader in Howard County’s “Chemistry in the Library” program. Each session offers an interactive, hands-on learning experience to a large number of students, teaching 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, a platform for ARL interns to present summer research projects to various members of the ARL scientific community. The Symposium offers interns 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 the ability to engage students and interns through authentic real-world learning opportunities, greatly enhanced STEM education and outreach for the DoD. Educational contributions towards her local community paved a significant pathway towards inspiring and securing future workforce talent and helped DoD achieve its STEM-related mission and goals.

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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

Dept of Defense US Air Force OASAALT RDECOM ONR NRL US Air Force Joint Chiefs of Staff Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Force Health Protection & Readiness Defense Threat Reduction Agency Missile Defense Agency Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization Chemical & Biological Defense Program