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OSA / MRS Congressional Fellowship

Materials Research Society / The Optical Society


Term: 2010-2011
Ashley White

Ashley White earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University Cambridge in 2010, as a British Marshall Scholar and NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her thesis work focused on developing carbon nanotube-reinforced hydroxyapatite bone graft materials with improved mechanical properties. Following her Ph.D., Ashley did post-doc work at Cambridge on the removal of carbon nanotubes from body tissue using laser irradiation. While at Cambridge, Ashley was heavily involved in teaching, serving as Co-Director of the Science and Engineering Experiments for Kids program, instructing undergraduates, and developing laboratory courses. Additionally, she served on administrative committees, both in the Department of Materials and elsewhere in the university.

In 2005 Ashley received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech, along with a B.A. in Music Performance. As an undergraduate, she gained research experience through several Research Experience for Undergraduate programs, DOE internships, work abroad, and at Virginia Tech. An accomplished violinist, she has served as President of the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, performed with various orchestras and chamber groups, and spent time in Paraguay and Mexico doing research and teaching related to youth orchestras.

Ashley's interest in policy began in high school, while volunteering for political campaigns. She has continued to develop this interest during her time at Virginia Tech and Cambridge, serving as an officer in political societies. While her particular policy interests are nanotechnology, education, and immigration, she looks forward to the opportunity to experience first-hand the political process and how science policy is addressed across a broad range of issues during her fellowship tenure.