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Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship

The Optical Society/SPIE


Term: 2020-2021
Michelle Solomon



Michelle will graduate with her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University this summer, where she studied light-matter interactions in the group of Professor Jennifer Dionne. Her research concentrated on ways to use light to purify chemicals used in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, with the goal of decreasing side effects. Before Stanford, she received a B.S. in Physics from Boston College.

During graduate school, she also pursued an interest in science and energy policy, including a summer fellowship at the California Energy Commission in the Office of Vice Chair Janea Scott. While at the Energy Commission, she focused on electric vehicle infrastructure policy, particularly stakeholder outreach and mapping out charging programs across the state of California.

Michelle is excited to learn how scientists can be most useful in the process of developing policy, and would love to work on issues at the intersection of energy and health, such as environmental justice.