US President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated Indian American Dr Aarti Prabhakar as the following White House science adviser as his administration goals to leverage science, know-how, and innovation.
If confirmed by the Senate, Dr Prabhakar would be the Biden’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and a member of the President’s Cabinet.
“Today, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and once confirmed to this position, also as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. In this capacity, Dr. Prabhakar will be the President’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and a member of the President’s Cabinet,” the White House stated in a press release.
Biden described Dr Prabhakar as a superb and highly-respected engineer and utilized physicist.
He stated that Indian Americans will lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy to leverage science, know-how, and innovation to develop our potentialities, resolve our hardest challenges, and make the unimaginable attainable,” said President Biden.
“I share Dr Prabhakar’s perception that America has probably the most highly effective innovation machine the world has ever seen. As the Senate considers her nomination, I’m grateful that Dr. Alondra Nelson will proceed to steer OSTP and Dr Francis Collins will proceed to function my performing Science Advisor,” he added.
Ms Prabhakar has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate before, to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and was the first woman to hold that role.
She later served as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the birthplace of breakthrough technologies like stealth aircraft and the Internet.
“If confirmed to steer OSTP, Ms Prabhakar would turn into the third Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander to serve in President Biden’s Cabinet, becoming a member of Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Today’s nomination is historic, with Ms Prabhakar being the primary girl, immigrant, or individual of colour nominated to function Senate-confirmed director of OSTP,” the White House stated.
Dr Arati Prabhakar has led two completely different federal R&D companies and labored with startups, giant firms, universities, authorities labs, and nonprofits throughout all kinds of sectors to create highly effective new options for essential challenges. She is an engineer and utilized physicist with in depth administration and management credentials.
Ms Prabhakar’s household immigrated from India to the United States when she was three years outdated – first to Chicago after which settling when she was age 10 in Lubbock, Texas, the place she went on to get her electrical engineering diploma from Texas Tech University.
She was the primary girl to earn a Ph.D. in utilized physics from the California Institute of Technology, the place she additionally earned an M.S. in electrical engineering. She began her profession within the legislative department as a Congressional Fellow on the Office of Technology Assessment.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was a fellow on the Center for Advanced Study within the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
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