Jaylen Coleman, Duke University


Duke University running back Jaylen Coleman, who graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering and is working toward a master’s degree in engineering management, has been named a Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete presented by BuildSubmarines.com.

Coleman, who is from Matthews, North Carolina, has been a member of the ACC Honor Roll and has worked on an independent study project that combines his knowledge of mechanobiology and biophysiology with his practical knowledge of impacts from sports. He has a 3.245 grade-point average.

“When Jaylen enters your classroom or laboratory there is no denying the fact that the atmosphere will trend in a positive trajectory and that everyone in that space will benefit from the enthusiasm, positivity and inviting demeanor that is 100 percent Jaylen Coleman,” said Jason Luck, Ph.D, a professor in Duke’s department of biomedical engineering. “I’ve had the sincere pleasure to work alongside Jaylen for almost two years and engage him from a number of perspectives. I count myself incredibly fortunate and blessed to have shared this time with Jaylen and know that I’ve grown as an advisor, mentor and educator in part because of his consistent and genuine engagement in all that we’ve worked on together. 

“Whether in a formal classroom setting (senior design and introductory biomechanics courses), in the laboratory (computational modeling focused independent study investigating the implications of muscle activity on pediatric head response), returning to support younger engineers in the classroom, chatting in-depth about his business or discussing the development of a football-themed biomechanics STEM summer program for local middle school students I’ve been inspired by Jaylen’s unwavering, joyful and intentional approach to growing as an engineer.”

The Military Bowl and BuildSubmarines.com are proud to announce the members of the third annual Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the football field in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.

“The Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program presented by BuildSubmarines.com recognizes some of the brightest minds taking the football field each weekend,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Together with BuildSubmarines.com, we commend these student-athletes for their ability to succeed on the field and in the classroom while managing a most challenging course load.”

 The Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program honors one football player at each university that is a member of the ACC and the American Athletic Conference – the two conferences that are represented in the Military Bowl college football game. These players are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects and/or aspire to STEM careers.

“STEM education is the cornerstone of innovation, equipping the next generation with critical thinking skills to tackle global challenges,” said Kiley Wren, co-founder and co-chief executive at BlueForge Alliance, owners and operators of BuildSubmarines.com. “These courses prepare students for purposeful, high-demand career paths while fostering adaptability, collaboration, and technological literacy. At BlueForge Alliance, empowering individuals with a stable foundation of knowledge pairs directly into our mission of ensuring a resilient and adaptable skilled trades workforce ready to meet the demands of revitalizing our nation’s defense. We’re proud to join the Military Bowl in recognizing outstanding student athletes aiming to make an impact off the field while supporting their fellow students’ pursuits.”