US President Joe Biden appoints Indo-American engineer Dr Arati Prabhakar as senior science adviser

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United States President Joe Biden on Tuesday named Indian engineer and physicist Arati Prabhakar as the next White House science adviser as his administration aims to harness science, technology and innovation .

The White House said in its notified statement, “Today President Biden announced his intention to appoint Dr. Arati Prabhakar to the position of Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and once confirmed at this position, also as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology In this capacity, Dr. Prabhakar will serve as the Chief Advisor to the President for Science and technology and member of the president’s cabinet.

Moreover, the US President described Dr. Prabhakar as a brilliant and highly respected engineer and applied physicist. “American Indians will lead 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,” he said. said President Joe Biden.

“I share Dr. Prabhakar’s belief that America has the most powerful innovation machine the world has ever seen. As the Senate considers his nomination, I am grateful to Dr. Alondra Nelson for continuing to lead the OSTP and to Dr. Francis Collins to continue to be my interim scientific advisor,” he added.

Who is Dr Arati Prabhakar?

Dr. Arati Prabhakar was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology, where she also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She began her career in the legislative branch as a congresswoman with the Office of Technology Assessment.

Her family immigrated to the United States from India when she was three, landing first in Chicago and then settling at age 10 in Lubbock, Texas, where she later graduated. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Notably, if confirmed by the United States Senate, Dr. Prabhakar will serve as Biden’s chief science and technology adviser, co-chair of the Presidential Council of Science and Technology Advisors, and a member of the president’s cabinet. .

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

While Dr. Prabhakar has already been unanimously confirmed by the Senate to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and was the first woman to hold the position, she served as Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the birthplace of breakthrough technologies such as stealth aircraft and the Internet.

“If confirmed as head of the OSTP, Prabhakar would become the third Asian-American, Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander to serve in President Biden’s cabinet, joining Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative to the Commerce Katherine Tai. Today’s nomination is historic, with Prabhakar being the first a woman, immigrant or person of color nominated to serve as Senate Confirmed Director of OSTP,” the White House said. .

Dr. Arati Prabhakar has led two different federal R&D agencies and has worked with startups, large corporations, universities, government labs, and nonprofits in a wide variety of industries to create powerful new solutions for critical challenges. She is an engineer and applied physicist with extensive management and leadership skills.

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