CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWS

ELLIOT EICHEN received a B.S. in physics from SUNY Stony Brook, Ph.D in optics from The University of Arizona, and M.B.A from Boston University. As a staff member at GTE Laboratories from 1982-1998, Dr. Eichen was primarily interested in optical communications. While at GTE Labs, he contributed to understanding of the coherence properties of semiconductor lasers, optical amplifiers and optical packet switching, and ultrahigh frequency (> 20GHz) optoelectronic devices. During this period, Dr. Eichen was also a Visiting Industry Professor in the optoelectronics program at Tufts University.

In the late 1990s, Dr. Eichen’ interests shifted to broadband communications and IP Telephony. In 1998 Dr. Eichen helped form the Voice over IP engineering group at GTE Internetworking/Genuity, which in turn built one of the first Voice Over IP (VoIP) national networks. In 2003 he returned to Verizon to lead work on hosted IP Telephony. In 2007, Dr. Eichen joined the staff at MIT, where he was responsible for development and deployment of VoIP for the MIT campus. With the successful deployment of VoIP at MIT, he rejoined Verizon Communications in 2009, where he served as Director of Product Development for wireless (Voice Over LTE) services until 2017. From 2003 to 2016, Dr. Eichen was also a lecturer at Northeastern University, teaching graduate courses in IP Telephony and Mobile Application Development.

Dr. Eichen has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and close to 60 patents. He has been conference chair or technical committee member on several IEEE conferences, and Associate Editor for Photonics Technology Letters. A graduate of New York Cities’ High School of Music and Art, he enjoys playing the piano, hiking, and reading science fiction.


ETHAN KEELER is currently a PhD student (completes May 2018) and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Washington (UW) studying electrical engineering, optics, and micro-systems. His research aims to optically enhance the precision of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) in their ability to assess the mechanical properties of single biological cells. Leveraging a low-intensity optical trapping technique can suppress positional variation to improve accuracy and precision. This enhancement targets a class of devices that have important implications in the fields of biology and medicine.

Prior to the University of Washington, Ethan completed his undergraduate degree at Montana State  University (MSU) where he worked to realize silicon-based near-infrared polarization devices on the nano-scale that operate in reflection while promising compatibility with MEMS optical imaging devices. While at MSU, Ethan served as the president of the MSU IEEE Student Branch, participating in numerous outreach activities including the FIRST Lego League and the Science Olympiad.

Ethan’s interest in policy began with tobacco prevention and cessation efforts beginning in high school, working on local and state initiatives to curb usage rates and smoking in indoor, public environments. This became foundational for his work advocating for more federal policies, including the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. At MSU, he participated in an effort that achieved a tobacco-free campus-wide policy.


DANIEL BECERRA earned his PhD in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016. He grew up in New Jersey where he was active in science and community service clubs, earning the Eagle Scout award in 2007. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science with a double major in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. As an undergraduate, Daniel worked at the Pittsburgh-based battery startup Aquion Energy for two years.

At UCSB, Daniel worked on the development of InGaN semiconductor LEDs and laser diodes under the direction of Nobel Laureate Professor Shuji Nakamura. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in Professor Nakamura’s group, where he works on developing energy efficient lighting technologies based on semiconductor lasers. He is also actively working on finding novel and impactful applications for this technology, including applications in horticultural lighting for efficient indoor farming.

Daniel has been an IEEE member since 2014 and is active in the IEEE Photonics Society chapter at UCSB. He has been involved with the advocacy efforts of IEEE and other organizations for several years and is excited to join the staff of a Member of Congress this fall.

USAID/ENGINEERING & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOW

GRACE WILLIAMS is completing her Ph.D. in Molecular Science and Nanotechnology in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. Her research focuses on developing novel protein-centered radical detection methods to identify therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease; she also investigates the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on amyloid beta with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s Disease pathology.

Grace is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy fellow at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine where she works on the Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine and Public Policy.

She has a passion for advocacy and community outreach. While on the national committee and regional executive board for the National Society of Black Engineers, she coordinated initiatives to engage K-12 students and cultivate scientific curiosity. Serving as a congressional ambassador, regional advisory board member, and community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Grace combines her research training and advocacy efforts for policy priorities that govern medical care, enact social change, and protect patient populations.

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE/ENGINEERING & DIPLOMACY FELLOW

DANIEL J. MOORE, is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Dan’s areas of expertise include engineering design, electronics, engineering educational methods, engineering ethics and international design projects. He is involved in undergraduate capstone design projects and international team-based projects, and is co-director of dual master’s degree program with the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm, Germany. Professionally, he is associate editor of the Advances in Engineering Education online, peer-reviewed journal, has been a program chair for the Frontiers in Education Conference the division chair for the American Society of Engineering Education’s Educational Research Materials meetings, and is an ABET program evaluator at national and international locations. Dr. Moore has provided workshops on accreditation and assessment as well as consulted programs and schools on accreditation processes and guidance for their reports and material required for ABET accreditation.

Staff Contact

Erica Wissolik
Program Manager, Government Activities
Phone: 202-530-8347
Email: e.wissolik@ieee.org

Government Fellows Committee Chair

Kyle Bunch