A Ph.D. Engineer’s Journey in Science Policy


Hamid Dehkordi

Canadian Science Policy Centre


Disclaimer: The French version of this editorial has been auto-translated and has not been approved by the author.

As a Ph.D. Mechanical Engineer, I spent more than a decade immersed in the world of engineering concepts, fluids, and energy. My teaching and research had taken me to the depths of physical phenomena and applied sciences.

It was 2 years ago when I had a chat with an old friend of mine who used to work at Canadian Science Policy Center (CSPC) as a volunteer. I remember we discussed challenges of leading applied research and increasing the research output impacts. Yet, there came a moment when he suggested that I join CSPC and try to pursue one of my fields of interest. I joined CSPC in 2020 as a member of Grant Writing Committee, which I believe is the “heart” of CSPC.

Over these two years I was involved with different committees. Writing as a scientific engineer often involves documenting research findings and technical reports, a task for which I am well-trained. However, transitioning into the role of a science policy volunteer presents a unique set of challenges. In this new arena, I must master the art of conveying complex scientific concepts to policymakers and the public in a way that is both comprehensible and compelling. This was one of my most memorable challenges.

My journey from the laboratory to the world of science policy helped me to learn, adapt, and develop the skills I never reached in the world of science.