In advance of SWE’s 2019 Congressional Outreach Days (check out 2018's recap podcast), SWE is hosting a webinar focused on understanding the basics of the federal budget & appropriations process and how this affects federal agencies and STEM funding. While this webinar is designed for SWE members attending our March outreach event in DC, members who are interested in learning more about these processes and who want to increase their ability to advocate for women in STEM are also encouraged to attend.
To attend our free SWE Public Policy: Federal Budget Appropriations Process Webinar on Mar 5, 2019 1:00 PM CST, please register here.
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For this Federal Budget & Appropriations Process webinar, SWE is pleased to host two subject matter experts, Asha Balakrishnan, of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), and Della Cronin, of Bose Washington Affairs Group.
Asha Balakrishnan is a Research Staff Member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center that provides rigorous and objective analysis on a range of science and technology policy-related topics for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Asha brings significant analytical expertise to STPI in the areas of program evaluation, STEM education and workforce training, manufacturing and space technologies. Recently, she collaborated with colleagues on a number of reports related to small satellite technologies and space situational awareness.
Asha has extensive experience conducting program evaluations for Federal R&D and STEM education programs for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Her previous research focused on developing experimentation techniques and biomechanical models of the brain to understand traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Balakrishnan has experience working as a design engineer in the semiconductor and auto industries and previously held an adjunct faculty position in mechanical engineering at George Washington University. She is a Board Member on the Council of Government Relations of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Balakrishnan holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Both her MS and PhD are in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Della Cronin is a principal of Bose Public Affairs Group, a comprehensive government affairs and strategic communications consulting firm in Washington, DC. Cronin brings over 25 years of experience in education and research policy, legislative and regulatory processes, fundraising and public affairs to the firm, having worked for a broad array of education, research and STEM education companies and interests.
Cronin has managed corporate and national partnerships, legislative campaigns, communications for a corporate foundation and outreach and public awareness efforts. She organizes Capitol Hill briefings and Congressional advocacy days, and encourages groups to integrate social media elements into those events and other advocacy efforts. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of federal education and research policy, as well as the ins and outs of policymaking in Washington, D.C.
In recent years, Cronin has been involved in efforts to elevate the profile of STEM and computer science education in K-12 schools and federal and state policies as well as equity in education and workforce opportunity. Cronin also works with clients that have interests in specific academic disciplines and the related policy issues and concerns, such as teacher preparation and professional development programs. Cronin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in political science from Virginia Tech.