Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress 2017, and to House Science, Space, and Technolgy! Our names are Ben Porter and Raymond Wang, and we're excited to be chairing House SST. We hope that you're as excited as we are to join us in Dubai in January.

The House is one of the most powerful and prestigious institutions in the US, and you should be proud to serve as one of its members. The House takes on a wide range of policy issues and the topics we are covering at HMC this year — climate engineering and biological weapons are representative of that diversity.

Both in and out of committee, you, as members of the United States Congress, will get to experience the legislative process first-hand. You’ll get a chance to see how Congress works at the most fundamental level – the challenges of lawmaking, the importance of debate and compromise, and the pursuit of just and effective legislation.

In order to help you gain a greater understanding of the American political landscape, each delegate is assigned an actual U.S. Representative to portray. We encourage you to invest enough time in research so you can accurately convey these positions. Some of the best HMC moments occur when we perfectly mirror debates going on in the halls of Congress. Our goal throughout this entire process is for all of you to walk away with great leadership experience and new respect for a career in public service.

Now a few words about your chairs: Ben is a junior concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Neuroscience. His interest is in behavioral economics and its applications for law, public policy, and national security. It’s these interests that have led him to our amazing committee. Outside the classroom, he is a research assistant at the Business School as well as a citizenship tutor.

Raymond is a sophomore concentrating in Computer Science with a secondary in Economics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, he is invested in technology, engineering, and sustainability. In his free time, Raymond enjoys making music as a clarinetist, and speaking about youth innovation.

We’re excited to get to know you all and to work together to tackle some of these issues. If you would like to introduce yourself or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an e-mail.

On behalf of the entire HMC Dubai team, we look forward to seeing you in January!

Cordially,

Ben Porter and Raymond Wang