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Heather Smith, a recent Biological Engineering doctoral graduate, was selected to participate in the prestigious Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship program of the National Academies, which is sponsored by the Office of Policy and Global Affairs. Smith spend 2011 working in Washington D.C. with the Space Studies Board, a department of the National Academy of Engineering within the Division of Engineering and Physical Science. 

Her project was with the Committee on the Planetary Protection of Icy Bodies. Her dissertation research in the Be Department was focused on exobiology engineering, which is concerned with developing methods for discovering and characterizing life on other planets. Her major adviser was BE Department head Ronald Sims. For more information on the fellowship, visit or contact Heather Smith at