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MRS's public affairs goals, undertaken by the Government Affairs Committee, are to:

  • Contribute to the development of the U.S. government's science and technology policy in materials-related areas by serving as a resource for reliable, unbiased technical and professional information, stimulating responsible technical discussion and facilitating the exchange of information between policy makers, materials scientists and engineers, and the public.
  • Provide timely information on materials-related emerging public policy issues, federal programs and other activities to MRS members and others in the materials community.
  • Facilitate teaming with other materials-related professional societies to create a larger voice for the materials field in order to enhance the information, implementation and broaden understanding of materials-related policy for the benefit of society.

Government Affairs Committee Chair

Kevin WhittleseyKevin Whittlesey
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine



Additional contact information:  

Damon Dozier
Director of Government Affairs
Materials Research Society
Washington, DC Office
1050 17th Street NW, Suite 622
Washington, DC 20036

Donna Gillespie
Government Affairs Coordinator
Materials Research Society
506 Keystone Drive
Warrendale, PA 15086

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