Advocacy & Policy

Current and Past MRS/OSA Fellows 

Danny Broberg

The Optical Society and the Materials Research Society have selected Daniel Broberg as the 2019-2020 MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Broberg holds a Ph.D. degree in materials science from the University of California, Berkeley (2019). His research uses theoretical methods to investigate the formation of point defects in semiconductor materials for energy applications, with an eye towards producing high-throughput tools for the Materials Project, a part of the Materials Genome Initiative of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin.  

At UC Berkeley, he served in executive leadership roles for the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative, starting an interdisciplinary mentorship program and helping direct the largest student-run energy conference on the West Coast. He also has been active in the Science Policy Group at UC Berkeley, helping start a sub-group that writes policy memos for the California legislature. Broberg hopes to contribute to policy surrounding energy and climate issues, including electric grid resilience, emissions reductions and the electrification of transportation.

"I look forward to applying the lessons learned in my research on semiconductor materials to science-informed policymaking on energy and climate issues," Broberg said.

Broberg has accepted a fellowship placement with Senator Chris Coons' office (D-DE) working on the energy and environment portfolio.

Past MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

  • Dylan Rittman (2018-2019)
  • Sarah Vorpahl (2017-2018)
  • Felicia Lucci (2016-2017)
  • Peter Winter (2015-2016)
  • James O'Dea (2014-2015)
  • Sydney Kaufman (2013-2014)
  • Mirvat Abdelhaq (2012-2013)
  • Laura Povlich (2011-2012)
  • Ashley White (2010-2011)
  • Gavi Begtrup (2009-2010)
  • Amit Mistry (2008-2009)
  • Alicia Jackson (2007-2008)
  • Kevin Whittlesey (2006-2007)
  • Benjamin Jay Gross (2005-2006)
  • Karin Ezbiansky Pavese (2004-2005)
  • Colin McCormick (2003-2004)
  • Jeffrey H. Haeni (2002-2003)
  • Eric Werwa (2001-2002)
  • Susan Ginsberg (2000-2001)
  • Arun Seraphin (1999-2000)
  • Merrilea Mayo (1998-1999)
  • Brian Holloway (1997-1998)
  • Michal I. Freedhoff (1996-1997)
  • Kelly Kirkpatrick (1995-1996)