Levi Patterson, a graduate from the Colorado School of Mines, has been selected as a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow for 2017 by the American Nuclear Society.
Patterson earned his bachelor’s in engineering physics and his master’s in nuclear engineering at Mines.
Patterson will provide Congress with expertise in nuclear science and technology while working in the office of a U.S. senator, representative or committee.
“I was encouraged by the tremendous progress the sciences were making in solving real-world energy issues,” Patterson said. “Once I started working in the energy industry, I was again encouraged by the technical capabilities our society has invested in and are ready to implement.”
He said policy efforts are essential to transitioning scientific innovations from the energy sector into reality.
“It is important that more scientists and engineers pursue policy-related positions, and that is exactly what interested me in this fellowship,” he said.
Patterson credited Mines for helping him prepare to take on such an important position within the fellowship and for his General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy position.