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OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow

The Optical Society/Materials Research Society

Term: 2018-2019
Dylan Rittman

Dylan will graduate with his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Stanford University this summer where he studied the behavior of nuclear materials in extreme conditions. His research focused on investigating the process of ionizing radiation damage over the femtosecond-to-nanosecond timescales on which it occurs. He has also worked on nuclear waste policy through his participation in the Reset of U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Strategy and Policy series, hosted at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. Prior graduate school, Dylan received a B.S.E. in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor in 2014.

His extracurricular activities include coordinating a contingent of Stanford University students to attend the March for Science and organizing sessions to teach graduate students how to effectively perform science outreach to the public. He spent two summers as a research intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was exposed to science with diverse applications, such as alternative energy and national defense. Dylan is excited to use his science background to get involved with policy issues ranging from domestic energy to international non-proliferation during his year as the MRS/OSA Science and Engineering Congressional Fellow.