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Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship

The Optical Society / SPIE


Term: 2011-2012
Anthony "T.J." Augustine
Status: Accepted

Anthony "T.J." Augustine was born in Chicago, IL. While he had an interest in government from an early age, he chose to major in chemistry as an undergrad at University of Illinois. In 2003, he received a BS in Chemistry with Highest Distinction and was honored as the recipient of the Bailer Award for most outstanding senior thesis.

After college, he set to work on his PhD in Chemistry at Stanford University in the lab of Professor Edward Solomon. His research involved using various spectroscopic methods to study the mechanism of dioxygen reduction to water by the multicopper oxidase family of enzymes.  This work has application to diseases involving copper metabolism and in the development of more efficient fuel cells. As a graduate student in chemistry, he published a number of peer-reviewed articles and presented his work at multiple national conferences.

After completing his PhD and before becoming an Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, TJ completed a Master's Degree in Public Policy, also at Stanford University. As a pubic policy student, he worked with a team to publish a report on sovereign fiscal responsibility in the United States and around the world. He also helped develop and implement a new concentration in science and technology policy within the Stanford Public Policy Program.

While working on his master's, TJ worked as an intern at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this position, he performed policy analysis and assisted in the preparation of reports by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, working on issues including energy; science, technology, engineering, and math education; biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability; and advanced manufacturing.

Moving forward, TJ is particularly interested in working on energy technology, industrial competitiveness, and national security issues. He believes these topics are closely linked and will play a critical role in determining America's future standing in an increasingly uncertain and challenging world.

TJ is thrilled to spend a year working as the Arthur Guenther Congressional Fellow. He is interested in learning more about the legislative process and the interaction between policymaking and politics. He hopes to make this fellowship the first step of a career devoted to public service.