Meet ASME's Federal Government Fellows

2020-2022 ASME Federal Government Fellows

Jaclyn Brennan 2021-2022 ASME Congressional Fellow - Bioengineering
Jaclyn Brennan will be serving as a 2021-2022 ASME Congressional Fellow-Bioengineering. Jaclyn recently completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from The George Washington University and currently holds a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the same lab. Her research expertise spans cardiovascular bioengineering and cardiac electrophysiology. During her PhD, Jaclyn had the unique opportunity to perform experiments on explanted donor human hearts that were rejected for transplantation, and this work resulted in the discovery of two spatially distinct leading pacemakers in the mammalian heart. Jaclyn holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MS in Bioengineering from the University of Oklahoma. She is also an alumnus of the Whitaker International Fellows Program, where she spent a year doing basic scientific research in a hydrodynamics laboratory at École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France. Jaclyn is passionate about both science policy and science communication. She regularly writes articles for the member magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB Today) and holds a certificate in “Science Policy and Advocacy for STEM Scientists" from the University of California Irvine GPS-STEM Program. Jaclyn will begin her Congressional Fellowship on September 1, 2021. 

Jaclyn is jointly sponsored by the ASME Foundation, the ASME Bioengineering Division, and ASME Government Relations.

Elisah VandenBussche 2021-2022 ASME Congressional Fellow - Energy
Elisah VandenBussche will be serving as a 2021-2022 ASME Congressional Fellow-Energy. Elisah recently completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) from the University of Minnesota. Her graduate work focused on using novel techniques to better understand heat and electron transport at the nanoscale in photovoltaic materials. She also helped to pioneer the use of pulsed electron beams to minimize and study degradation mechanisms of radiation-sensitive materials. Beyond her research, Elisah has served in several leadership positions at the University of Minnesota, including co-founding the CEMS department DEI committee and working for the UMN Institute of the Environment and the Women in Science and Engineering Initiative. In these roles, her efforts have focused on building diverse coalitions within the department, college, and university to address injustice and inequity in STEM education and in environmental and energy development spaces. She has also worked as a volunteer researcher for the Minnesota House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Committee and helped to found the Twin Cities Science Policy Network. Elisah holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BA in Violin Performance from Case Western Reserve University.

Elisah is jointly sponsored by the ASME Foundation, the ASME Petroleum Division, and ASME Government Relations.

Michael Woodmansee 2021-2022 ASME Congressional Fellow - Manufacturing
Michael Woodmansee will be serving as a 2021-2022 ASME Congressional Fellow-Manufacturing. Previously, Michael was Director of European Operations for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, where he held a wide variety of roles in engineering and manufacturing, field operations, sales and marketing, HR, IT, and corporate transformation over his 15 years there. In addition to various domestic assignments across the U.S., Michael has also completed overseas assignments in Brazil, Algeria, Russia, and the UK. Prior to his time in the oilfield, Michael was a staff scientist at Jaycor where he utilized CAD modeling and optimization algorithms to predict stress fractures in military recruits. Michael has experience in heavy manufacturing at GE Transportation, medical product development at Bristol Myers Squibb, and composites manufacturing at General Composites. Michael currently manages the Ultra-Fast Fresh operations for the Washington DC region, where he volunteers as a Business Mentor for SCORE, providing guidance and support to current and prospective small business owners in the national capital region. Michael joined ASME in 1994, previously served in the 2004-2005 Leadership Development Initiative (currently ECLIPSE), and was a member of the Young Engineer Correspondents. Michael has been an officer of the ASME San Diego Section and later an active member of the ASME South Texas Section. He holds a BS in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University, as well as an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the National Physical Science Consortium and Sandia National Labs; he studied the effects of thermomechanical fatigue on microstructural evolution in solder interconnects in electronics. Michael has been licensed as a Professional Engineer in Texas since 2007.

Michael is jointly sponsored by the ASME Foundation and ASME Government Relations.

Alaa Elwany, PhD 2021-2022 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow - Advanced Manufacturing
Alaa Elwany, PhD, will be serving as a 2021-2022 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow-Advanced Manufacturing at the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) at NIST as of September 1, 2021. Alaa is currently an associate professor in the Wm Michael Barnes ‘64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is also a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow and holds a courtesy appointment at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Alaa served as a research scientist at the Manufacturing Systems Research Laboratory, General Motors R&D. He also held overseas appointments including faculty member at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) and Senior Fellow at the European Institute for Statistics, Probability, and Stochastic Operations Research (EURANDOM). Alaa completed his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and his MSc and BSc in Production Engineering from Alexandria University. He was recognized with multiple young investigator awards from leading organizations, including the ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer, SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer, NSF CAREER Award, and IBM Faculty Award. As director of AMTex laboratory at Texas A&M, Alaa’s research focuses on modeling, optimization, and control of metal additive manufacturing processes. The impacts of his research activities include enabling the fabrication of smart active metallic structures with spatially tailored properties, developing efficient printability assessment frameworks for newly designed additive manufacturing materials, and developing new data analytics tools for defect detection, part qualification, and additive manufacturing process monitoring control. He also serves on the leadership team of NASA’s STRI: Habitats Optimized for Missions of Exploration. Alaa is passionate about advanced manufacturing research and development and the U.S.’ advanced manufacturing workforce. 

Tim Shinbara 2020-2021 ASME Congressional Fellow - Manufacturing
Tim Shinbara serves in the office of the Honorable Marco Rubio (R-FL). Tim is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology – where he is responsible for AMT’s data-centric strategy, activities related to industrial research and development, and global manufacturing technology discovery. His expertise spans applied R&D in additive manufacturing, composite fabrication, and technology transition experience at Northrop Grumman Corporation, IT/OT data interoperability, and small business, startup endeavors providing supply chain visibility and integration. Broadly, he supports the U.S. manufacturing industry by serving as a Board Officer of the MTConnect Institute, having served as a member of the Leadership Council for MForesight (U.S. government-funded think tank responding to advanced manufacturing inquiries), and having chaired or served on committees for additive manufacturing (ASTM F42.05 Materials and Processes, America Makes Executive Committee) and digital manufacturing and data interoperability (MxD, several university industrial advisory roles). Tim has volunteered his time supporting other international manufacturing initiatives through participating in ASME’s SATEC Forum on Innovation and Intelligent Manufacturing, attending the George C. Marshall Austria Program for Smart Manufacturing, and participating as a Corporate Member in the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP). Locally, Tim has also served as an Advisory Commissioner to Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Department supporting specialized manufacturing. Tim is a U.S. Navy veteran and has earned BS and MS degrees from Purdue University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Tim began his Fellowship in June 2021.

Zachary Pritchard 2020-2021 ASME Congressional Fellow - Manufacturing
Zachary Pritchard is serving as a 2020-2021 ASME Congressional Fellow-Manufacturing on the Select Committee on Climate Crisis in the U.S. House of Representatives. Zach recently completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and works as a Policy Analyst at the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLoSUP). In his PhD research, Zach uses theoretical and computational modeling to study continuous vat photopolymerization methods in additive manufacturing. In particular, he has focused on improving part fidelity and increasing production rates by accounting for effects in light propagation, resin flow dynamics, and reaction kinetics. Zach’s work at CLoSUP is focused on community acceptance of renewable energy. He has studied the impact of wind infrastructure property taxes in Michigan communities and analyzed state-level ballot initiatives to mandate renewable energy. Zach holds a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is also an alumnus of UM’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy program. Zach began his Fellowship on September 1, 2020.


Chloe McPherson 2020-2021 ASME Congressional Fellow - Energy
Chloe McPherson is serving as a 2020-2021 ASME Congressional Fellow-Energy in the office of the Honorable Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Chloe is an Associate Government Relations Officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In this role, Chloe serves as editor of AAAS’ science policy newsletter, the Policy Alert, and covers Congressional hearings for the Office of Government Relations. She focuses 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. Prior to her time at AAAS, Chloe worked at the White House, focusing on electric vehicles as an intern within the Domestic Policy Council Office of Energy and Climate Change; 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. Chloe holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction, both from Iowa State University. Her Master’s thesis focused on an augmented reality application to aid the engineering product design process. Chloe began her Fellowship on September 1, 2020.

Chloe is jointly sponsored by the ASME Foundation, the ASME Petroleum Division, and ASME Government Relations.

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