Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) and 2005 Congressional Fellow Steve Watkins (R)
I feel that my Fellowship is a key phase in my technical and academic career. I learned many new things about how our government operates and made key personal contacts that will aid me in my future career.
~ Larry Chasteen (Congressional Fellow, 2000)
This year has left me with memories of small victories, frustration with the variety of opinions on any issue, and a much larger appreciation for the work our elected officials have to struggle to accomplish. It was a unique and valuable experience that I recommend to anyone who can open themselves to a completely different way of looking at problems.
~ Robert Feuerstein (Congressional Fellow, 1998)
The program had a major positive impact on my life. It was at times difficult, but almost always enjoyable and thought- provoking.
~ Kenneth Wagner (Congressional Fellow, 1992)
A great program! Engineers by nature and training are individuals who solve problems by logic and technical know-how. Often logic alone will create a better solution. This pool of technical know-how and logical problem-solving techniques can and have made a significant contribution to the Congressional legislative process through this program.
~ John Wallace (Congressional Fellow, 1978)
I had a rewarding experience in my fellowship year. In fact, it is one of, if not the highlight of, my career.
~ Doyce Satterfield (Congressional Fellow, 1983)
The Fellowship taught me skills in presenting items, developing positions under fire, and negotiating, which have helped me ever since.
~ George Swetnam (Congressional Fellow, 1984)
The program has offered me new career opportunities. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to draft the original uranium legislation and nurse it to passage as a part of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Thanks, IEEE-USA, for the program!
~ K.P. Lau (Congressional Fellow, 1985)
Never has an experience changed my life or perspective as much as my Fellows experience.
~ James Gover (Congressional Fellow, 1988)
Members of Congress Have to Say About Their
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
(Texas): I know that many of my colleagues have repeatedly
sought fellows for their personal offices because of the quality of the
contributions they have made. The issues confronting Congress
increasingly involve scientific and technical aspects. Ph.D.-level
scientists and engineers serving as congressional fellows bolster the
technical expertise available to Members and staff by bringing to bear
their extensive knowledge and fresh insights and perspectives. The
presence of congressional fellows enhances the public policy formulation
process. In addition, the program provides fellows with a window of
the policy formulation process and the workings of Congress that they take
back to their home institutions. It also provides a mechanism that
many fellows have used to transition to careers in public service."
Rep. Rush Holt (New Jersey):
"Members of Congress, let me just say, are generally not loath to
talk about subjects in which they are not well trained, except in
science. My colleagues and I will hold forth on economics or
international relations or any number of other things; but when it comes
to science, they say, whoa, that is not for me. I am not a
scientist. And as a result, many of the aspects of the policy
questions before us that involve science and technology do not get the
attention they should. That is why the congressional fellows program
is so important. It is in many offices the only scientific expertise
that is provided. This technical expertise is very valuable to
Congress; and it allows not only these Fellows to bring scientific
expertise here; it allow them to carry political expertise back to their
Rep. Ed Markey
(Massachusetts): "I have welcomed over twenty AAAS
Fellows into my office since 1979 and have been consistently impressed by
their contributions to policymaking and advising. They have made a
significant positive impact on the quality of life for the people of
Massachusetts, the United States, and the World by instilling a measure of
science and humanity into the decisions we are asked to make in these
chambers every day."
Rep. Vernon Ehlers
(Michigan): "Six different fellows have served on my
staff and each one has used their unique talents and understanding to help
shape my legislative agenda. One in particular contributed greatly
to this Nation at the time I was rewriting the Nation's science policy at
the request of Speaker Gingrich and Chairman Sensenbrenner."
Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (New
York): "We recognize the value of the (Fellowship)
program daily on the Science Committee, where ten of our staff members
began their careers on the Hill as Fellows."