In early 2379, Studdard, along with many other personnel, transferred to the Enterprise-E. (TNG novel: A Time to Love) At the time of his transfer, his file indicated that he would never advance in security. However, Security Chief Christine Vale gave Studdard a very good report following his actions on Delta Sigma IV.
Soon after this, he began dating another new Enterprise officer, Ensign Anh Hoang. (TNG novel: A Time to Hate) Later that year, Captain Picard walked into a turbolift where Studdard and Hoang were holding hands. They were embarrassed to be seen together, but Picard was glad to see his crewmembers finding happiness. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)