Alket Mertiri (MSE graduate student) reports on his Congressional Visit Day:
As president of the Boston University Chapter of Optical Society of America (OSA), I spent two days last week in Washington D.C. talking to members of congress in support of sustained funding for science. On March 12-13, I participated in training programs and briefings from Congressional staff and staff from the Administrative and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Among the speakers was Kei Koizumi, a BU alum who now is an adviser to President Obama. I study Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University and have lived in Massachusetts since 2000, so I was eager to meet with members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation.
During the meetings, I described the importance of funding science and engineering and discussed the impact those fields have on the economy, job creation and research advancements. We hope this visit brings awareness to the lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the importance of sustained funding in science and engineering.