Dr. Tan and Dawn Hedgepeth Advocating for NSF Funding on Capitol Hill

Dr. Tan and his Ph.D. student, Dawn Hedgepeth, together with Associate Dean Leo Kempel, attended the 14th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill on the evening of June 25, 2008. CNSF is an alliance of over 100 institutions and professional societies that supports the goal of increasing the national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs. The annual Capitol Hill exhibition event features research and education projects supported by NSF, and impresses lawmakers with the impact of NSF-funded programs. 

Representing MSU, Dr. Tan and Dawn presented a poster "Electroactive Polymers as Artificial Muscles and Sensors: Investigation from a Systems Perspective," that described Tan's NSF CAREER project and its potential societal, educational, and outreach impacts. They also held live demos of artificial muscle-enabled robotic fish, which made their conversations much easier with congressmen and their staffers.

Dr. Tan describing the NSF project to Congressman Vernon Ehlers (R-MI).

Dawn speaking to a visitor about her research on artificial muscles.

From left: Dawn, Dr. Tan, and Dr. Arden Bement (Director of NSF).

From left: Dr. Tan, Dr. Kathie Olsen (Deputy Director of NSF), and Dawn.