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Optica/MRS Congressional Fellow

Optica/Materials Research Society



Term: 2022-2023
Sindhu Nathan


Sindhu Nathan (she/her/hers) received her PhD 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.


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