Jared Aldwin Crooks '11 MPA/M.Eng. '15, an astrophysics graduate from Fort Worth, Texas, seeks to use his scientific and technical background to deal with issues of foreign and domestic science policy, national security and development of alternative energy. He has done field research in South Africa, China and Tunisia and served as an intern at NASA. His SINSI internship was spent at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Crooks' long-term career interest is to return to NASA or work at the U.S. Department of Energy. His fellowship was at NASA Headquarters.
As an Astrophysics major there weren't many obvious connections between the world of science and that of policy. I have always had a keen interest in mediating science for the greater good of society but had not found a way to do so until I came across SINSI. This amazing program has allowed me to see the nexus of science and policy through firsthand experience as an intern at the National Academy of Science and through my two-year fellowship at NASA. By providing essential support and unparalleled opportunities, SINSI has helped me build a solid foundation for my goals in the nation's service.