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Current and Past MRS/OSA Fellows 

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The Optical Society and the Materials Research Society have selected Dylan Rittman as the 2018-2019 MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Dylan Rittman will earn his PhD in geological sciences this summer from Stanford University.  His current research focuses on investigating the process of ionizing radiation damage over the femtosecond-to-nanosecond timescales on which it occurs. He has also worked on nuclear waste policy through his participation in the Reset of U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Strategy and Policy series, hosted at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. He received a BSE in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor in 2014.

Dylan coordinated a contingent of Stanford University students to attend the March for Science and organized sessions to teach graduate students how to effectively perform science outreach to the public. Dylan’s previous involvement includes working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research intern, where he was exposed to science with diverse applications, such as alternative energy and national defense.

“I’m looking forward to using my science background to get involved with policy issues ranging from domestic energy to international non-proliferation,” said Rittman.

Dylan has accepted a placement in the office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-New York) working on the Defense and Foreign Policy portfolio.

Past MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

  • Sarah Vorpahl (2017-2018)
  • Felicia Lucci (2016-2017)
  • James O'Dea (2014-2015)
  • Peter Winter (2015-2016)
  • Sydney Kaufman (2013-2014)
  • Mirvat Abdelhaq (2012-2013)
  • Laura Povlich (2011-2012)
  • Ashley White (2010-2011)
  • Gavi Begtrup (2009-2010)
  • Amit Mistry (2008-2009)
  • Alicia Jackson (2007-2008)
  • Kevin Whittlesey (2006-2007)
  • Benjamin Jay Gross (2005-2006)
  • Karin Ezbiansky Pavese (2004-2005)
  • Colin McCormick (2003-2004)
  • Jeffrey H. Haeni (2002-2003)
  • Eric Werwa (2001-2002)
  • Susan Ginsberg (2000-2001)
  • Arun Seraphin (1999-2000)
  • Merrilea Mayo (1998-1999)
  • Brian Holloway (1997-1998)
  • Michal I. Freedhoff (1996-1997)
  • Kelly Kirkpatrick (1995-1996)