Advocacy & Policy

Current and Past MRS/TMS Fellows 

Aaron DunnThe Materials Research Society and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) are pleased to announce their 2016-2017 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Aaron Dunn, Georgia Institute of Technology, will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a U.S. congressional office or committee in Washington, D.C.

Aaron Dunn earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia (2016), and his B.S. and B.A. in physics and mathematics, respectively, from Rice University in Houston, Texas (2008). His doctoral research focused on the development of stochastic computational tools for efficient simulation of radiation damage accumulation in metals in the research group of Dr. Laurent Capolungo. Aaron served as the Sandia National Laboratories/Georgia Tech Excellence in Engineering Fellow (2014-2016). Prior to that, Aaron's research was funded by the European Commission under project RADINTERFACES, leading to three years of study at Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France.

Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Aaron served as a member of Teach For America's 2008 corps, teaching high school geometry and AP calculus at YES Prep Southeast in Houston, Texas. During that time, he served in leadership positions both within Teach For America as a corps member advisor and at YES Prep as a cross-country coach.

Aaron's policy interests are influenced by his unique combination of experiences and range from STEM education to energy and climate policy. Additionally, he is excited for the opportunity to learn about and contribute positively to the legislative process in all areas of policy: "I think of the MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship as the opportunity of a lifetime. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the legislative process, and I think my unique background and varied experiences will help me to make a positive impact on science and education policy."

To learn about past MRS/TMS fellows and their work in Washington, click any of the names below.

Past MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

  • Jeremy W. Ward (2015-2016)

  • Adria Wilson (2014-2015)

  • Megan Brewster (2013-2014)

  • Andrew Steigerwald (2012-2013)

  • Jennifer Nekuda Malik (2011-2012)

  • Edward D. Herderick (2009-2010)

  • Ticora V. Jones (2008-2009)