US President Joe Biden names Indian-American woman as top science and technology advisor

Washington Indian-American scientist Dr. Aarti Prabhakar has been nominated as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) by US President Joe Biden. If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Prabhakar will lead OSTP as the first woman, immigrant, or person of color. Dr. Prabhakar is a brilliant and highly respected engineer and […]
 


US President Joe Biden names Indian-American woman as top science and technology advisor

Washington Indian-American scientist Dr. Aarti Prabhakar has been nominated as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) by US President Joe Biden. If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Prabhakar will lead OSTP as the first woman, immigrant, or person of color. Dr. Prabhakar is a brilliant and highly respected engineer and applied physicist and has been the head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to leverage science, technology and innovation to expand our possibilities, solve our toughest challenges and make the impossible possible. Will lead, Biden said.

I share Dr. Prabhakar’s belief that America has the most powerful innovation machine the world has ever seen. As the Senate considers her nomination, I am grateful that Dr. Alondra Nelson will continue to lead OSTP and that Dr. Francis Collins will continue to serve as my acting science adviser, he said.

She will also be the President’s Assistant for Science and Technology once confirmed. In this capacity, Dr. Prabhakar will be the President’s Chief Adviser for Science and Technology, Co-Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology and a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Also if confirmed to lead the OSTP, Prabhakar would become the third Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander to serve in President Biden’s cabinet, joining Vice President Kamala Harris and US Trade Representative Catherine Tai.

The White House said today’s nomination is historic, with Prabhakar being the first woman, immigrant or person of color to be nominated to serve as OSTP’s Senate-confirmed director.

Prabhakar was previously unanimously confirmed by the Senate to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and was the first woman to hold the role. He later served as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the birthplace of such breakthrough technologies as stealth aircraft and the Internet.

Indian-Americans have welcomed the nomination.

“The Indian American influence is thrilled to learn that President Biden intends to nominate Dr. Aarti Prabhakar as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). We applaud the President’s historic decision to uplift not only the exceptionally deserving Dr. Prabhakar, but all South Asian and Asian Americans who aspire to reach new heights and become leaders of the public service and scientific community. , said Neil Makhija from Indian American Impact Fund.

Varun Nikor, Executive Director, AAPI Victory Alliance, said that the President’s nomination of Dr Prabhakar as the first woman, the first person of color and the first immigrant to lead OSTP is incredible, as we celebrate Pravasi Heritage Month this June.

So far, Dr. Prabhakar has led two separate federal R&D agencies and startups, large companies, universities, government laboratories and non-profits in a variety of sectors to create powerful new solutions to critical challenges. Worked with organizations He is an engineer and applied physicist with extensive management and leadership credentials.

Prabhakar served as the director of DARPA from 2012 to 2017. At DARPA, he oversaw teams that prototyped a system for detecting nuclear and radiological material before a terrorist could bomb it, developed tools to search human trafficking networks deep and into the dark web, And it enabled complex military systems to work together, even when they weren’t originally designed to do so. The White House said it also set up a new office to promote the novel biotechnology.

Under his leadership, DARPA kick-started development of the rapid response mRNA vaccine platform, making possible the fastest safe and effective vaccine development in world history in response to COVID-19.

The White House said Prabhakar was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), topping the 34-year-old as the first woman to lead the agency.

Prabhakar’s family immigrated from India to the United States when she was three years old, first settling in Chicago and then in Lubbock, Texas at the age of 10, where she received an electrical engineering degree from Texas Tech University.

She was the first woman to earn a PhD in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology, where she also did an MS in Electrical Engineering. He began his career as a Member of Congress in the Office of Technology Appraisal in the Legislative Branch.

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 of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.