Robert Hart is a PhD student in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. He is a Department of Defense SMART fellow working in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research and Development Engineering Center (TARDEC). His research interests include multifunctional composite materials, which have applications in aerospace and ground vehicles. Prior to the start of his graduate work, Robert worked for three years as an engineer in the plastics industry. During this time, he led a campaign to encourage interaction between fellow associates and local charitable organizations. Robert also holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa.