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Padmashri Suresh selected as a NRC Fellow

Padmashri Suresh, a PhD student in the ECE department, has been selected as a National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow. She will spend 12 weeks at the National Academies, Washington DC, which brings together the world's foremost scientists and engineers to address some of society's toughest challenges. The prestigious Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 16th year, is an immersive experience designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of the important role they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind. Alumni of this fellowship program hold positions at federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Department of Defense. They also work in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee, in foreign governments, in international institutions such as the European Union and World Bank. 
Ms. Suresh will be working at the Space Studies Board (SSB), a department of the National Academy of Engineering within the Division of Engineering and Physical Science. SSB provides authoritative advice on all aspects of space science and applications to NASA, US federal government, NOAA and other stakeholders of the space science industry. As a Mirzayan fellow, she will assist in the development of concept papers and new project ideas in some of the current critical areas of the space industry like human spaceflight, space based earth science missions, strategy and decadal plans for NASA science mission directorate, etc.  She will also be trained in basic skills and know-how essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local level. At the end of the fellowship, she will present a mini-TED talk at the Academies that will discuss a topic(s) that has been the focus of her attention while at the Academies. 
Padmashri Suresh is a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow working on understanding the effects of space weather under the supervision of Prof. Charles M. Swenson. Her dissertation is focused on investigating the effects of solar storms on the Earth’s upper atmosphere. She also works on spacecraft instrumentation with emphasis on CubeSats and sounding rocket missions.  
More information on the National Academies Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program can be found here.