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Chat Series: S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Engineers, Computational Scientists & Mathematicians

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Seeking to gain hands-on policy experience and apply your STEM training to address societal challenges? Are you an engineer/computational scientist/mathematician professional wondering if an S&T Policy Fellowship is right for you? Policy fellows with a background in engineering/computational sciences/mathematics have much to contribute and gain from the fellowship experience. Collaborate and brainstorm with high ranking policy leaders. And do it in the company of 200+ talented global scientists and engineers.

The application season for the 2017-18 fellowship year runs from May to November 1. Each month during this period we will host a live chat featuring current and alumni fellows. Join us on July 28, 2:00 p.m. ET for a video chat with fellows who share a background in engineering/computational sciences/mathematics!

The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens who hold doctoral level degrees in any of the following:

  • Medical and Health sciences.
  • Biological, Physical or Earth sciences.
  • Social and Behavioral sciences.
  • Computational sciences and Mathematics.
  • Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).

Read an overview of S&T Policy Fellowships (STPF) here, so we’ll have more time to answer specific questions relevant to you.

Chat Participants

Staff: Salaeha Shariff


Quincy Brown, Ph.D, 2014-16 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation

Quincy Brown is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. She is a recipient of the Computing Community Consortium CI Fellows Postdoctoral Research Fellowship award and was a National Science Foundation GK-12 and Bridge To the Doctorate Fellow.  

Dr. Brown is also a Professor of Computer Science at Bowie State University. Her research interests include Mobile HCI, CS Education, and Broadening Participation in Computing. In 2011 she founded Girls Who Will, a summer program for middle and high school girls. Through her research she seeks to identify methods of facilitating human interaction with advanced technologies to support learning. Her current projects include exploring the ways in which young children use touch and gesture interactions with mobile devices, first responders’ use of mobile devices during emergency evacuations, and modeling inquiry behaviors on mobile devices.

She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Drexel University.

Ashok Ramamasubramanian, PhD, 2014-15 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of State

Ashok Ramamasubramanian was a 2014-15 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

Dr. Ramamasubramanian is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Union College in Schenectady, NY. His areas of expertise include digital signal processing, control theory, statistical learning, and biomoechanics.

He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. 

Elaine Ulrich, Ph.D., 2008-09 Congressional Fellow sponsored by the American Physical Society

Dr. Elaine Ulrich was a fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.   

She is currently a program manager at the Department of Energy where she leads the SunShot balance of systems/soft costs team.  Her team works to reduce the non-hardware (soft costs) of solar, lower barriers to solar adoption, and foster market growth through  support for state and local development and technical assistance programs.

She previously held positions in the office of former Sen. Ken Salazar, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, the Energy Department’s Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis. She also worked in the office of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, where she worked to build a comprehensive solar energy portfolio.

Dr. Ulrich holds a Ph.D. in optical science from the University of Arizona.


You will have a chance to submit advance questions when you RSVP. To view additional chats in this series click here.