Dr. Locicero at the original Senate in PhiladelphiaDr. Ryan Locicero of Clean Water Services (CWS) has been awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship with a placement at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Locicero has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida and is currently conducting watershed scale research for CWS.
Dr. Locicero is among 266 scientists and engineers who will spend a year serving professionally in federal agencies and congressional offices. The U.S. government benefits from the contributions of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows who are highly trained scientists and engineers. Fellows, in turn, learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation at the federal level.
The fellowships are operated as part of the AAAS mandate to “advance science and serve society.” The aim is to foster evidence-based policy and practice by engaging scientists, social scientists, medical professionals, and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to apply their knowledge and analytical skills for well-informed policies, regulations, and programs, and to build leadership capacity for a strong science and technology enterprise that benefits all people.
Since the program's inception in 1973, over 3,300 fellows have supported congressional offices, executive branch agencies and departments, and the judicial branch seeding virtually every corner of Washington D.C. and beyond with a high caliber of scientific know-how. After the fellowship, some fellows return to their previous positions or institutions. Others remain in policy, working at the federal, state, regional, or international levels. Many pursue new careers in industry and nonprofit organizations. Those who return to academia teach and mentor new generations to understand the policy context for research and the importance of science communication.