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Facebook Live: What happens after an STPF fellowship?


The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) program is the premier opportunity for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about public policy while contributing valuable knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges. Over 45 years, STPF has been fostering a strong network of STEM leaders who understand policymaking and forge broader career paths.

Join us on August 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET on the STPF Facebook page to chat live with STPF fellows and ask your own questions. Find out Why You? Why Now? Why STPF? Register for other upcoming chats on the Live Chat series page.

Apply! Applications open August 1 through November 1.


STAFF: Cynthia Bernardez




Eric Breckenfeld 2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Eric is a materials scientist specializing in complex oxide materials and additive manufacturing processes. While studying at the University of Illinois, he researched materials with a wide range of functionalities including semiconductors, ferroelectrics, superconductors and high-k dielectrics. After receiving his Ph.D., he began a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington where he continued his research on complex oxide materials and began to develop functional inks for use in printable/flexible electronics.

He spent his STPF fellowship at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office which helps organize and coordinate the White House's National Nanotechnology Initiative. While there, his portfolio included the "Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond" and "Sustainable Nanomanufacturing" signature initiatives as well as the OSTP's Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing. In January 2018, Eric left the fellowship for a position in DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office where he continues his work in micro- and nano-electronics with an emphasis on MEMS and computer hardware security.



Diane Hannemann 2006-07 Executive Branch Fellow at National Institutes of Health; 2007-09 Executive Branch Fellow at Department of State
Find Diane on Twitter at @groundedinsci.

Diana is director of academic programs at the Institute for Integrative Health in Baltimore. She leads science and research initiatives that support multidisciplinary research and collaborations to advance the science of health. She joined the Institute from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy, where she provided analysis on emerging biomedical research issues to inform policy decisions and developed NIH communications to Congress and the public.

She brings over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors communicating health science advancements and building collaborative partnerships and programs to improve health in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific. Her commitment to translating science to the public and policymakers brought her to Washington in 2006 as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. At the Department of State, she led US delegations to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and helped create science and health programs in the Asia Pacific.

As a biochemist-biophysicist, she has a passion for understanding how the body communicates at the molecular level and how these systems can be supported to optimize health and healing. In 1996, these questions inspired her to leave a marketing communications career to return to college and earn a B.A. in chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University.

STPF is 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 an M.S. in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).

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