Ishita Ray has a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, focusing on Power Systems and Control Systems. She is currently a PhD student in Energy Science and Engineering at the Bredesen Center and working on distributed energy systems at ORNL (DECC/MAXLAB). Her interest in policy is piqued by how science and policy go hand in hand, and seeing how the right results and world-changing discoveries need the right policy and support to make a difference. Being an international student, she provides an outsider’s (hopefully objective) view on current issues and challenges in the U.S. She has taken a wonderful policy course, and worked with a team of Bredesen students to analyze the Clean Power Plan. However, she would like to gain real-world experience and learn more outside of class, which is why she joined FOSEP!