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TMS 2015 Strategic Plan:
Five Goals for a Stronger Society
Materials: Foundation for the Clean Energy Age
Innovation Impact Report Webinar
March 6, 2012
Equipping the Next Generation Workforce for Materials Innovation:
The Gateway to Manufacturing Competitiveness
February 15, 2012, Washington, DC
Current and Past TMS/MRS Congressional Science and
2013-2014 TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow:
Megan Brewster earned her Ph.D. in
Material Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011) and B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Washington (2006).
While at MIT, Megan's doctoral research led to a deeper understanding of fundamental energy carriers in individual semiconductor nanostructures. She has additional
research experience with ceramics, optical fibers, phosphors, biomaterials, neurobiology, and graphene. Megan's strong interest in the government's ability to enable
technological innovations motivated her to obtain a Ph.D. minor in Technology and Public Policy. Megan is also a deep supporter of women in science, and her numerous
leadership roles (most notably, Graduate Women at MIT co-founder) earned her a variety of accolades, including the Distinguished Dedication Student Leader and Graduate
Woman of Excellence Awards. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2011, Megan moved to GE Global Research in Schenectady, NY where her broad and deep scientific expertise
supported the Durathon battery start-up by developing next-generation technologies. Megan is inspired by the government's ability to unite disparate interests to
realize technological innovations, and sees this fellowship as an exceptional opportunity to pursue policy as a career path.
2012-2013 TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow:
Andrew “Drew” Steigerwald
Office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Andrew Steigerwald earned his B.E. (2005) from Ohio State University, M.S. (2007) from Fisk University and Ph.D. (2010) in Interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering from Vanderbilt University as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellow. His thesis work focused on the development of photoacoustic spectroscopy as a technique for characterizing radiation damage in semiconductors. While working on his Ph.D., Steigerwald worked extensively on novel thin-film growth techniques, studied ultrafast dynamics of diluted magnetic semiconducting systems for use in potential spintronic devices, and spent time as a visiting scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Following his Ph.D., Steigerwald continued as a post-doctoral researcher at Vanderbilt, working to understand the nanoscale relationship between structural disorder and optoelectronic modification in optical devices.
Steigerwald’s interest in public policy started at Ohio State University as a member of the Undergraduate Student Senate where he worked to promote the diverse interests of the student body and acted as the liaison to the board of trustees. His time spent at an HBC institution, work at a national laboratory, participation in public-private research ventures, and attendance at a symposium series hosted by Vanderbilt, which focused on the role of scientists in government, helped reinforce Steigerwald’s desire to become directly involved in science policy.
2011-2012 TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow:
Jennifer Nekuda Malik
United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Jennifer Nekuda Malik earned her Ph.D. (2008), M.S. (2006), and B.S. (2005) in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Her thesis work was a collaborative project between CSM and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that focused on development and optimization of deposition and processing conditions for liquid-based precursors for copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaics. While working on her Ph.D., Malik earned both an R&D 100 Award and recognition for Excellence in Technology Transfer for her work with hybrid CIGS. Following her Ph.D., Malik worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College London, characterizing and optimizing the microstructure of both hybrid (organic-inorganic) and organic materials for electronic applications. Malik’s interest in public policy started in high school when she had the opportunity to participate in mock government and see first-hand how public policy is formed. She continued to develop this interest at CSM through the McBride Honors Program.
2009-2010 TMS/MRS/ACerS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow:
Edward D. Herderick
Office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Edward D. Herderick received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The
Ohio State University in 2009. He received his BS (2005) and MS (2007) in MSE from Ohio State University. His graduate research was done under the advisement of Prof.
Nitin Padture and is focused on the synthesis, characterization, and property measurement of metal-oxide-metal heterojunction nanowires. During his graduate studies, Herderick
was an NSF IGERT fellow (2005-08) and received a Diamond Award from the American Ceramic Society (2008). In addition to his academic work, Herderick was an active member of
the campus community, serving on the OSU Council of Graduate Students for two years and also taking part in many outreach activities to bring students and teachers to
campus. His main area of policy interest is in solutions to the 21st century energy challenge; that is improving the way we generate, transmit, and consume energy to
provide economic growth and strengthen national security in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Herderick’s interest in public policy began by writing letters to the editor of The Columbus Dispatch
and received such positive response he realized the power of the
voice of engineers and scientists to inform the policy making process.
2008-2009 Materials Societies Congressional Fellow:
Office of Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI)
Ticora Jones earned her B.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Jones conducted post-doctoral research focused on creating and characterizing nanoparticle/composite-based
functional materials at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In graduate school, she co-founded the Graduate Education and Career Development Initiative, an
organization dedicated to providing new student orientation, seminars and workshops for graduate students. Dr. Jones has also been involved in a number of
outreach and educational programs designed to bring accessible scientific and technical role models to students. Prior to her graduate work, she spent a year
working for AAAS, first as a middle school teaching fellow for science and mathematics, and then building infrastructure and creating content for the
Minority Scientists Network, an online portal for Sciencecareers.org.