The 2013 Season Kicks Off
|2012 WISE Interns on Capitol Hill|
When I wrote that post in early 2012, I told readers that I had a long-time involvement with the program through the American Nuclear Society (ANS), which is one of the sponsors of the program. Little did I know at the time, but a little more than a year later, I was selected to be the "faculty member in residence" for the 2013 season.
The program starts next Monday and runs for 9 weeks, until early August. During that time, I will arrange for the 14 rising college seniors in the program to visit a number of government agencies and other organizations in the Washington area, and will supervise them in the research on a technology policy topic and the preparation of a research paper. I will be aided in that effort by mentors from the 7 engineering Societies, including the ANS, who collectively sponsor and manage the program.
I anticipate that I may find some interesting fodder for this blog in my work with the WISE interns this summer, so I thought I'd use this post as an introduction.
I will preserve the anonymity of the interns, in this blog and in any others I do on WISE, so I will not provide names or other identifying information.
The 14 students come from 13 schools in 11 states. They have already identified their tentative research topics. A majority of the topics have something to do with energy use--either energy supply (nuclear power and natural gas), energy demand (biodiesel fuel, fuel cells, and other transportation-related options, and energy efficiency in homes), and energy transmission (smart grid). Two topics are on water management, and one each is on telecommunications, radioisotopes, and technology for the disabled.
I cannot tell at this point what the summer will bring, but I suspect that I will watch the interns learn a lot about technology policy, and at the same time, I will learn a lot about how the upcoming generation deals with their first exposure to live "inside the Beltway." If I have some interesting observations, I'll be sure to share them.