NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows


Shanni Silberberg  

Dr. Matt McCune
Directorate for Engineering
Division of Electrical, Communications & Cyber Systems
Class of 2018-2019

Matt McCune joins NSF as a 2018-2019 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems in the Directorate for Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Physics, with an emphasis in Biophysics, where he studies tissue engineering (i.e., 3D bioprinting) and model cell membranes using computer simulation and analytical modeling. His graduate work was partially funded by an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program fellowship. As an undergraduate researcher, his research area was in plasmonics and photonics where he studied endohedral fullerenes using density functional theory.

Matt, a first-generation college student, has always been drawn to activities that allow scientists direct engagement with people outside of science. As a graduate student, he founded a science outreach committee to organize dozens of annual activities on-campus, at community middle schools, and throughout Mid-Missouri. His past policy work focused on broadening higher education accessibility through advocacy efforts to improve federal student loan and student visa policy. In his spare time, he enjoys relaxing with his wife and many cats as well as traditional and genetic genealogy.


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