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Engineering a global impact: Annica Wayman’s story of public service

By 麦卡洛玛德琳,亚历克斯鳕鱼
2021年11月23日

To solve our nation’s biggest challenges both today 和 in the future, our government needs to recruit 和 retain vital young talent. 我们新的澳门网赌正规网址平台系列, 《澳门网赌正规网址平台学术概况》,” will reinforce these efforts by featuring professionals working in academia who previously served in the federal government. These profiles aim to inspire students 和 recent graduates to consider a career in public service 和 highlight the positive impact federal employees can make on our country.

Annica Wayman, former division chief at the U.S. 国际开发署 和 current associate dean in the College of Natural 和 Mathematical Sciences at the University of Maryl和, 巴尔的摩县, spoke with us about her time working in public service 和 the benefits a career in government can offer recent graduates.

What made you interested in a 澳门网赌正规网址平台事业?

Wayman: 当我攻读博士学位的时候.D., I was worried whether academia was the right path for me. I knew that I received a load of technical skills throughout my education 和 I thought that they could be used in a different capacity than teaching 和 research. 一旦我毕业, I decided to choose the industry route instead of academia [和] received a position at Becton Dickinson developing anesthesia-related products. After a few years, I knew I needed to take my interests into public service.

What did you accomplish as a public servant that you could not have accomplished working in the private sector?

Wayman: During my American Association for the Advancement of Science fellowship 和 job immediately following at the U.S. 国际开发署, one of my projects involved starting a program called Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement 和 研究, 或同行. This program enabled developing country scientists to partner with scientists that are supported by federal agencies. To date, PEER has been fortunate enough to fund almost 400 researchers in over 50 countries. If it weren’t for my work as a public servant, 通过美国国际开发署和PEER, I wouldn’t have been able to help build a program that benefits multiple countries around the world 和 creates lasting impact for new research.

What advice would you offer young professionals pursuing a career in public service?

Wayman: Throughout my time working for the federal government, I grew to appreciate the broad array of research that’s being done 和 the impact it has on our country. If you have a research background 和 want to continue that in the federal government, you can collaborate with many different agencies. 我曾经在澳门网赌正规网址平台工作, it was interesting to see how PEER research connected with other federal partners to make an impact on the recipients of our work.

What is one word you would use to describe public service?

Wayman: It’s hard to think of a single word to describe public service because it was my dream job, 但我会说“有影响力的”.在美国国际开发署工作期间, I was able to combine my love for research, collaboration 和 development to solve problems that enhanced society. Working in the federal government allows you to have the opportunity to help people. You get a true public service feel 和 it makes you want your work to be as impactful as possible. This type of altruistic impact not only benefits you, but the country as well.

Read more public service profiles 和 posts in our 《澳门网赌正规网址平台学术概况》” series 在这里. To learn more about pursuing a career in the federal government, visit gogovernment.org. 澳门顶级网赌网址大全在 (电子邮件保护) if you or someone you know would like to be profiled in the future.    

This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

Alex Hakes is an intern on the Partnership’s Federal Workforce team.


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