NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows


Nastaran Ghazi  

Dr. Nastaran Ghazi
Directorate for Engineering
Division of Engineering Education and Centers
Class of 2019-2020

Dr. Nastaran Ghazi is currently serving as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers, Engineering Research Centers. She received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University (New York) and was a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at Rutgers University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering prior to joining NSF. Dr. Ghazi’s PhD research was focused on computational/experimental small-scale solid mechanics, nanotechnology, and advanced manufacturing. During her postdoctoral training, she worked on advancing continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. As a lecturer at Rutgers, Dr. Ghazi taught several core Mechanical Engineering courses and was also involved in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. She actively participated in programs to train high-school science teachers and to attract, mentor, and retain underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

Dr. Ghazi is interested in designing scientific metrics (by using data analytics tools, for instance) to evaluate the impact of ERC centers on research and education. Moreover, as a mother of an infant and a first grader, she hopes to be an advocate for moms with small children in STEM (and other) fields, and help developing appropriate policies to improve work-life balance in federal and local government, as well as in universities.



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