Chloe McPherson Named 2020-2021 ASME Congressional Fellow

Oct 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 26, 2020) – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has named Chloe McPherson as a 2020-2021 ASME Congressional Fellow – Energy. She officially began her fellowship on Sept. 1, serving in the office of the Honorable Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), an Air Force veteran, engineer, entrepreneur and educator, who serves on the Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Small Business Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives. McPherson will support a range of issues including: environment, energy, science and technology, STEM education, and space; collaborate with lead staffers on Rep. Houlahan’s committee assignments; and will play a leading role for the Women in STEM Caucus.

McPherson was an associate government relations officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In this role, she served as editor of AAAS’ science policy newsletter, the Policy Alert, and covered Congressional hearings for the Office of Government Relations. She focused on science communication and advocacy, playing an integral role in programs including the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop and the Golden Goose Award. 

Chloe McPherson, 2020-21 ASME Congressional Fellow
“ASME is pleased to welcome Chloe McPherson to the distinguished roster of engineers who have provided valuable service to our nation through the Federal Government Fellowship Program,” says ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile. “Through these prestigious year-long engagements, our fellows have a unique opportunity to participate directly in the policy-making process and gain an insider’s perspective on government decision-making – and, in turn, they can apply that learning to their professional roles and better contribute to the mission and vision of their own organizations.”

Prior to her time at AAAS, McPherson worked at the White House, focusing on electric vehicles as an intern within the Domestic Policy Council Office of Energy and Climate Change. She also previously worked in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and performed wind energy research at the Ames National Laboratory. She has been actively involved with the National Society of Black Engineers, serving in national and regional leadership roles.

“I'm honored to be selected as a 2020-2021 ASME Congressional Fellow and am grateful to the ASME Foundation, ASME Government Relations, and the ASME Petroleum Division for their support,” says McPherson. “This fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for engineers to apply our technical knowledge to the work being done on Capitol Hill and to gain firsthand experience in our nation's legislative process. I am excited to work with Representative Houlahan, a fellow engineer, and to serve the people of Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district.”

McPherson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and human-computer interaction from Iowa State University. Her master’s thesis focused on an augmented reality application to aid the engineering product design process.
About the ASME Congressional Fellowship Program
ASME Congressional Fellowships are sponsored by ASME Government Relations, the ASME Foundation, the ASME Petroleum Division, and the ASME Bioengineering Division. Applications for 2021-22 ASME Congressional Fellowships in Energy, Bioengineering and Advanced Manufacturing are being accepted through Jan. 31, 2021. For more information, including more about current fellows and 2021-22 fellowship opportunities, visit

Those interested in making a contribution to the program can do so and learn more by visiting the ASME Foundation’s website at

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