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IEEE-USA Government Fellowships

Enabling Science, Technology & Engineering Professionals to Work With and Advise Government Policymakers

Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors government fellowships for qualified IEEE members.  The fellows chosen by the IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee and confirmed by the Board spend a year in Washington serving as advisers to the U.S. Congress and to key U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development decision-makers. Known as Congressional Fellowships, Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowships, or Engineering & International Development Fellowships, this program links science, technology and engineering professionals with government, and provides a mechanism for IEEE's U.S. members to learn firsthand about the public policy process while imparting their knowledge and experience to policymakers.

Program News & Notices

IEEE-USA is pleased to participate in the AAAS S&T Fellowship Program, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013.  The Anniversary Video features former IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow (and IEEE President) Gordon Day.


The application period for the 2014-2015 fellowships is now closed. The application forms for the 2015-2016 fellowships will be available online in early September 2014.

The deadline for 2015-2016 fellowships is FRIDAY, 16 JANUARY 2015.

Congressional Fellowship
Information & Application

State Department Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship
Information & Application

USAID Engineering & International Development Fellowship
Information & Application


Interested IEEE members may apply for one or all of the three IEEE-USA fellowships, however, applicants must submit THREE separate applications, one for each fellowship. IEEE-USA will not accept a single application stating that you are interested in all three fellowships.

Be mindful of the fact that the three fellowships are very different from each other. If you are applying for more than one, you must submit separate cover letters, separate application packets and separate reference letters. Your cover letters, references, and application materials should reflect an understanding of the distinctions between the executive and legislative branch fellowships, and illustrate the experiences and qualifications that might benefit you in each fellowship.

The 2013-2014 Congressional Fellows

Anne Marie Lewis, completed her BS (2008) in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University with Departmental Research Honors, and her MSE (2011) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her MSE thesis was completed with experimental engines research and focused on the combustion and emissions analysis of alternative fuels in a heavy duty diesel engine.  

Anne Marie is completing her PhD (2013) from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering and Natural Resources and Environment. Her dissertation assesses the potential of advanced combustion engines and lightweight materials to reduce fuel consumption and life cycle greenhouse gas emissions. She chose to pursue a joint degree program for her PhD in an effort to relate her technical work in Mechanical Engineering to broader energy and environmental impacts. During her graduate studies, she has presented her dissertation research at national and international venues and was a top three winner in the 2011 IEEE-ISSST student paper competition.

While in graduate school, Anne Marie interned in Washington D.C. at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers where she enjoyed learning first-hand about the relationship between science and policy. When she returned to the University of Michigan, she founded the Michigan Energy Club with the mission to provide an interdisciplinary forum to learn about energy topics from a variety of perspectives. During her role as President, the club has grown to over 300 members and has organized a variety of educational and networking opportunities, ranging from on-campus lectures and discussions to national energy competitions. As an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, she plans to contribute a scientific perspective to policy issues and continue to learn more about the role of science in government.

Michael R. McQuade Ph.D. P.E., of Greenville, DE, became a member of the IEEE when he was an undergraduate student studying electrical engineering at the University of Missouri.  This year marks his 42nd year as a member of IEEE.  He is a Senior Research Associate with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware located at the Experimental Station, their Central R&D site.  His most recent work has been in support of renewable energy.   He received his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was a President’s Fellow.  Mike spent 5 years, on behalf of DuPont, as a Guest Scientist at The Los Alamos National Laboratory before taking an overseas assignment in Luxembourg.  In addition to his normal duties in DuPont’s Central Engineering organization, he has maintained close ties with academia.  Mike has held adjunct teaching positions at Widener University, Drexel University, and The University of New Mexico’s Center for Graduate Studies in Los Alamos.

He is a past member of the Georgia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and a Technical Advisor to US FIRST.  Mike has been involved in Engineering Program Accreditation activities in a number of roles.  He is currently an IEEE Commissioner on the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission.  Most recently he is, as a member of the NGSS Writing Team, finalizing the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12. Mike and his Wife Johanna make their home in Greenville, Delaware.

The 2013-2014 Engineering & Diplomacy (State Department) Fellow

Len Hause is President of MashBrain LLC where he consults on transformational strategies that leverage Internet technology and marketing. He has over 35 years experience with technology organizations and was a Fellow of the Technical Staff, Associate of the Science Advisory Board, Internetologist, and Senior Marketing Director at Motorola where he spent more than 30 years in global management roles and as an individual contributor. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the adoption of Internet protocols and culture within the Enterprise for innovation, collaboration and organizational learning. He is a member of the IEEE, Association for Computing Machinery, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, The Recording Academy and has served on many industry, educational, corporate, and government advisory boards and consortiums. Len holds US Patents in telecom and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

For additional reference...

IEEE-USA Today's Engineer, December 2011, What Does it Take to be an IEEE-USA Government Fellow? By Sherry Gillespie, Ph.D. and Tom Tierney, Ph.D.

IEEE-USA Today's Engineer, January 2011, Federal Government 101: The IEEE-USA Congressional and State Department Fellowships, By Norman C. Lerner, Ph.D., P.E. (At the request of the US Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States — the location of Dr. Lerner's fellowship — he is his 2010 fellowship through 2011. Dr. Lerner contributed significantly to a new program sponsored by the OAS Office of Science and Technology, and it was determined that he was instrumental to the program's continued success.)

AAAS publication: "From the Lab to the Hill: Essays Celebrating 20 Years of Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows," which includes essays by IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow alumni Charles Bostian, LeEarl Bryant, Tom Fagan, George Swetnam and Don Willyard.

6 DEC 2007: US News & World Report article: Wanted on the Hill: A Few Good Scientists

Last Update: 11 March 2014

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