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The Materials Research Society (MRS) and Optica are pleased to announce the selection of Sindhu Nathan as the 2022-2023 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

MRS/Optica Congressional Fellow

Sindhu Nathan

Sindhu Nathan (she/her/hers) received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University. Her doctoral research focused on studying nanoparticle materials for sustainable fuel and chemical production. Prior to graduate school, she received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. 

While at Stanford, she has explored the intersections of science and policy through several avenues. She served as the President of the Stanford Science Policy Group and was awarded a Shultz Energy Fellow to serve at the California Energy Commission in the Office of Commissioner Patty Monahan, where she supported efforts to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in California. She is also a 2021 Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellow and served on the leadership council of the National Science Policy Network. Throughout her graduate career, she has had the opportunity to publish several memos related to energy and climate issues, and she is looking forward to the opportunity to gain a new perspective on the potential roles scientists may have throughout the legislative process.

“I am so incredibly honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Optica/MRS Congressional Fellow,” said Nathan. “I have developed a passion for energy and climate policy over the past several years and look forward to the chance to learn how to leverage my engineering background towards tackling policy issues like these on the Hill over the next year."

Past MRS/Optica Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows