Megan Brewster earned her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011) and B.S. in material science and engineering from the University of Washington (2006).
While at MIT, Brewster's doctoral research led to a deeper understanding of fundamental energy carriers in individual semiconductor nanostructures. She has additional research experience with ceramics, optical fibers, phosphors, biomaterials, neurobiology and graphene. Brewster's strong interest in the government's ability to enable technological innovations motivated her to obtain a Ph.D. minor in technology and public policy.
Brewster is also a deep supporter of women in science, and her numerous leadership roles (most notably, Graduate Women at MIT co-founder) earned her a variety of accolades, including the Distinguished Dedication Student Leader and Graduate Woman of Excellence Awards.
After receiving her Ph.D. in 2011, Brewster moved to GE Global Research in Schenectady, NY, where her broad and deep scientific expertise supported the Durathon battery start-up by developing next-generation technologies. Brewster is inspired by the government's ability to unite disparate interests to realize technological innovations, and sees this fellowship as an exceptional opportunity to pursue policy as a career path.
Brewster is also passionate about women in science, and in her spare time, she enjoys yoga and weight lifting.
Brewster's policy interests include energy, innovation, science funding, nanotechnology, natural resources and women and minorities in science.
Brewster spent her fellowship year with the majority staff of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She focused on issues related to energy, including: renewable energy, energy efficiency, the energy-water nexus, critical minerals, advanced manufacturing, funding for energy-related research and energy-related tax policy. On these topics, she convened stakeholders, developed legislation, briefed Chairman Ron Wyden, drafted communications and speeches, and attended committee hearings and business meetings.