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American Ceramic Society (ACerS)

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Nuclear Society (ANS)


ASTM International

Institute of Electrical
and Electronics
Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)

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Connecting Engineers & Scientists
with Public Policy Since 1980

Each year, the WISE sponsoring societies select outstanding engineering students from among their memberships to participate in the nine-week WISE program in Washington. Students discover how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, while at the same time, learning how engineers and scientists can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory decision-making.

The WISE Program is ranked as one of the best Internship opportunities in the U.S. by the Princeton Review.


Application Deadline for the 2018 program
31 December 2017


WISE Summer 2017 program dates

June 4 - August 5


Video interviews of former WISE  interns discussing their summer WISE experiences.


1) Tomas Wesley Green (University of Kansas) used his 2016 WISE internship to study how agricultural resources can contribute to the energy supply and bioeconomy. He looked at both policy and technical issues related to bioenergy sources for his research. (video)


2) 2016 WISE interns Austin Wright-Pettibone, Mena-George Basaly, and Nick D’Angelo, Jr., talk to Jami Summey-Rice, a 2015 WISE intern. (video)


3) 2015 WISE interns Kathleen Wu, Jill Schoborg, and Jami Summey-Rice sat down with Rosemarie Wesson, Associate Dean for Research in the Grove School of Engineering at City College of New York, to discuss their experiences. (video)


WELCOME to Nancy McNabb, A.I.A., the 2017 Faculty-Member-in Residence (FMR)!  McNabb holds a Masters in Architecture (Structures) and a Bachelor’s of Science of Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana (UIUC). She is a registered architect in New York and Pennsylvania.


After architecture school, Nancy was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the UIUC School of Architecture and a Project Architect in Pittsburgh, PA. She has also served as Assistant Director for Code Development and Code Interpretation, and was Acting Director for the New York State Department of State, Codes Division. She moved on to a Staff Architect position at Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA) where her duties included facilitating code

adoptions, conducting trainings on code interpretations, and representing the organization at legislative hearings.


Nancy joined the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2001 as Regional Manager, Building Code Central Field Office. In 2005, she was named Director of NFPA’s Government Affairs Office in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for working with congressional and federal agencies, as well as allied organizations to promote the NFPA mission about fire and life safety.


In 2010, Nancy became the Manager, Building and Fire Codes and Standards of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her responsibilities included developing and implementing a NIST-wide strategy, including needed supporting research, to provide the technical basis resulting in improvements to U.S. model building and fire codes and standards, as well as relevant international standards, to support strategic goals in areas of critical national need such as sustainability, energy efficiency, safety, security and community resilience. 


Nancy recently formed McNabb & Associates and joined The Continuity Project where she provides expertise in resilience planning and represents requests before agencies and organizations tied to the building and safety community. She currently serves on the Board and as the Chair of the Communications Committee on the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, and is active in developing, implementing, and maintaining strategic partnerships and strong working relationships at the local, state and national levels.


Welcome to the 2017 WISE Interns!

Brenden Foster - Pellissippi State Community College (SAE)

Jericho Locke - Lipscomb University (ANS)

Madalyn Beban - University of Dayton (ASHRAE)

Elena Shanin - University of Utah (AIChE)

Sydney Hamilton - University of Pittsburgh @ Johnstown (ANS)

Caroline Trier - Washington University–St. Louis (IEEE)

Madden Sciubba - The University of Alabama (ASTM)

Taylor Hetrick - Baylor University (IEEE)

Lauren Bartels - Tulane University (AIChE)

Julia Zhuang - Yale University (AIChE)

WISE Alumni Now Linked In
Thanks to 2000 WISE Alumni Jon Horek, who established a  community to help WISE program alumni stay in touch.

WISE Video on IEEEtv
IEEEtv prepared a five minute video, featuring the 2008 participants of the WISE program. The video offers a program overview and feedback from Interns on the WISE experience.

Calling All WISE Alumni!

We need your input to help WISE develop proposals for new sponsors and funding sources.  Tell us how the WISE experience affected your career, what you learned from WISE and how you have used that knowledge and experience in your work, in your professional activities, and in your personal life.  Use the Alumni update report form or send your email directly to Chris BrantleyTestimonials are especially welcome and will be posted at the WISE website to help attract and inspire future WISE applicants.

WISE Alumni Hail from 147 Colleges and Universities

The more than 400 alumni of the WISE program come from a wide variety of colleges and universities -- from national engineering universities like M.I.T. and Stanford to smaller schools such as Cedarville College, Calvin College and the Tuskegee Institute.  The wide distribution of students reflects the diversity of the program, one of the things that makes WISE a unique experience.

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