Sylvia He, a Ph.D. candidate at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, completed a summer fellowship in the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program at the National Academies in Washington, D.C.
This education and training program engages graduate students in the analysis that informs science and technology policy, and familiarizes them with how science, technology and government interact.
During her fellowship, He was assigned to two studies at the Academies’ Transportation Research Board. One study investigated the relationships among urban development patterns, vehicle miles traveled and energy consumption; the resulting committee report will offer advice to government officials on whether compact land use development can reduce fuel consumption.
He also contributed to a project that evaluates the role of public transportation systems during emergency evacuations in large American cities.
“I believe in public service, and I plan to work for international organizations dedicated to sustainable urban development,” said He, who will return to USC this fall to continue her doctoral program.
The Mirzayan program matches each fellow with a senior staff member who acts as a mentor. The fellows also develop and implement a series of educational seminars that explore current topics involving science and public policy.
While in Washington, fellows also are encouraged to take advantage of their proximity to Congress, federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations to learn more about science policymaking.
For more information on the program, visit http://www.national-academies.org/policyfellows.com
The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council make up the National Academies � private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter.