Matt Salerno, University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame wide receiver Matt Salerno, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in computer science and engineering, has been named a Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete.

Salerno, who is from Valencia, California, last spring earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering, graduating with a 3.718 grade-point average. He is particularly interested in Web3 and blockchain technologies.

A former walk-on who became the Fighting Irish’s punt returner, he also earned playing time at wide receiver and received an athletic scholarship.

The Military Bowl and 3M are proud to announce the members of the second annual Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the football field in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.

“Once again the Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program is shining a light on a remarkable group of student-athletes,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “These young men are leaders on and off the field, taking head on the challenges of rigorous course work while helping their teams every Saturday.”

The Military Bowl 3M 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.

“3M is excited to recognize these outstanding students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said Skip Driessen, Director of 3M Government Markets. “We know how hard these scholar-athletes have worked on the field and in the classroom and look forward to their continued success.”