August 1, 2017 -





Dr. Andrew Bicos
2017 ASME Congressional  Fellow
Sponsored by: ASME Foundation/ASME Government Relations

Dr. Said Jahanmir

2016-2017 ASME Congressional Fellow
Sponsored by:  ASME Foundation/ASME Government Relations

 ZJ Pei  Shih    
Dr. Zhijian (ZJ) Pei

2016-2017 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow
Sponsored by: ASME Foundation / Government Relations Manufacturing USA

Dr. Albert Shih

2017 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow
Sponsored by: ASME Foundation / Government Relations / Manufacturing USA

Dr. Urmila Ghia

2018 ASME Congressional Fellow


Sponsored by: ASME Government Relations, the ASME Petroleum Division and the ASME Foundation



Dr.  Shawn Moylan

2018 ASME Congressional Government Fellow


Sponsored by: NIST/ASME Government Relations









  • Dr. Zhijian (ZJ) Pei is a 2016-2017 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow serving at Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office hosted by NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland. As Assistant Director for Research Partnerships, he participates in various activities of the Manufacturing USA Program. He is currently a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. He has worked in industry for four years, holding various positions in several manufacturing companies. From August 2012 to August 2016, he served as the Program Director of the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment program at NSF, and has received Director’s Award for Excellence Program Director. He has served as an associate editor for three journals and an editorial board member for seven journals. He received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a fellow of ASME and SME.
  • Dr. Albert Shih is a 2016-2017 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow serving at Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office hosted by NIST at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. where he also participates in activities of the Manufacturing USA Program.   Dr. Shih was a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) and AMP 2.0 and is currently on leave from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he serves as a Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Integrative Systems + Design.  He was a manufacturing engineer, specialized in advanced grinding process development, from 1991 to 1998, at Cummins Inc.  Dr. Shih’s research area is design and manufacturing. He is active in biomedical manufacturing, the application of manufacturing technologies to advance the safety, quality, and efficiency of healthcare service and biomedical science, and the development of advanced machining processes. Dr. Shih will begin his fellowship in January 2017.


  • Dr. Said Jahanmir is a 2015-2016 ASME Congressional Fellow performing technical analysis of manufacturing issues for the Office of Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH). His work is especially concerned with innovation in manufacturing, advising the Manufacturing Caucus which includes one hundred Members of Congress. He is also analyzing issues on STEM education. Dr. Jahanmir also assists with Congressman Ryan’s work on the Budget Committee. Before his Washington Fellow assignment, Dr. Jahanmir worked in research and teaching, which included the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Delaware. He has served as ASME’s Vice President for Research.
  • Dr. Michael James Martin has finished his service as an ASME Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Jack Reed where he is working on energy, transportation, space, and R&D policy issues.”   He previously served as a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research at the US Department of Energy.  Prior to joining the Department of Energy, he held appointments as a post-doctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory, as a faculty member at Louisiana State University, and as an engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.  He also held visiting appointments at NASA/Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Academies, and Hitachi’s Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory.  He is the author or co-author of approximately 80 journal papers, conference papers and presentations, and book chapters on fluid mechanics, heat transfer, micro- and nano-system technology, and aerospace systems.  He is also a co-author of the 2015 Department of Energy Quadrennial Technology Review.  He completed his doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, where he also earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.A. in Asian studies. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.



  • Dr. Andrew Bicos began serving as an ASME Congressional Fellow in the office of the Honorable Tom Reed (R-NY) in July 2017.  He is director of Enterprise Flight Technology in the Office of the CTO at Boeing and Chief Engineer of Aeromechanics Technology in Boeing Research & Technology.  He is responsible for developing the enterprise strategy for all flight sciences R&D at Boeing and managing the portfolio of activities that develop and transition technologies and processes into Boeing’s wide array of products.  In his role as chief engineer he is responsible for the technical integrity of the capabilities delivered by the Aeromechanics Technology research organization to the business units.  Dr. Bicos has held positions on the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Technical Committee and is a former chairman of the ASME Aerospace Division.  He is the former Chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board and Member of the ASME NASA R&T Task Force.


  • Dr. Urmila Ghia is a 2018 ASME Congressional Fellow, with a focus on energy and STEM education policy. She has served on the Engineering faculty of the University of Cincinnati (UC) since 1972, in various capacities including Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Department Head for Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering. Her research interests are in energy applications of fluid dynamics, with over 200 publications. For ASME, Urmila has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering, chaired the Fluids Engineering Division and the Congress Steering Committee, and currently serves on the Codes and Standards Committee PTC61.  She has received YWCA’s Career Woman of Achievement Award, the University’s Award for Distinguished Scientific Research, Outstanding Faculty-Student Relations, and the Faculty Career Award.  She chairs the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program at UC.  A highlight activity of WISE is the Research Experience for Women Undergraduates (REWU) Program. She is a Fellow of ASME and AIAA, and a Distinguished Alumna of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Urmila received her Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • Dr. Shawn Moylan is a 2017-2018 ASME Congressional Fellow and serving in the office of the Honorable Gary Peters.  He is a mechanical engineer with experience in advanced manufacturing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Shawn has policy experience in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office and technical experience as project leader for multiple additive manufacturing and smart machine tool projects in NIST’s Engineering Laboratory.  His research has focused on developing test methods and reference data to reduce the high costs associated with qualifying machines and components for aerospace, medical, and other applications. Shawn is a leader in the advanced manufacturing community: currently Chair, Executive Committee for ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division; Co-chair, Technology Roadmap Advisory Group for America Makes — the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute; Vice-Chair, subcommittee on Test Methods in ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies.




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