Casey Roepke (she/her)
Mt. Holyoke College
AIP Mather Policy Intern
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The first year of a new administration brings new energy to government, as the President signs new legislation, staffs political appointments, and crafts their political priorities. My role as an AIP Mather Policy Intern at the Office of Advanced Manufacturing (OAM) in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) allowed me to explore the nuance in crafting and implementing science policy to support advanced manufacturing innovation and competitiveness in the first year of a new administration. OAM is constantly creating contingency plans to deal with legislative uncertainties, and we often treat a piece of legislation as simultaneously “alive” and “dead” (just like Schrödinger’s cat) to prepare for different science policy outcomes. In this presentation, I will draw on my internship experience — from advisory groups to education budgets, from outreach and engagement strategies to reading Congressional bills — to demonstrate the fast-paced, intense, and fulfilling environment of science policy at NIST.
Hello, everyone! My name is Casey Roepke (she/her), and I am a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where I double majored in Physics and Politics with an interdisciplinary, pre-professional track in Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse. I’m a lifelong Californian, growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. This summer, I am so excited to have the opportunity to (virtually) work with the Society of Physics Students as a Mather Public Policy Intern at NIST!
As an interdisciplinary student, I am especially passionate about the intersections between science and policy. I hope to one day work at this intersection to craft policy around climate and energy issues, though I am also interested in space policy.
Outside of academics, I am a bit of a media snob, so you can often find me watching classic film noir movies or nose-deep in a science fiction story (Ursula K. Le Guin and Ted Chiang are my personal favorites!). I love swimming in the Pacific Ocean, walking my dog around the neighborhood, and I am almost always down for a bike ride.
I'm so excited to be working for SPS this summer, and I can't wait to bring you along on all of my amazing experiences!