Rising global competition in science and technology continues to challenge American leadership in research and development. At this event, Kelvin K. Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the science advisor to President Donald Trump, discussed recent advances in science and technology and his plans to promote coordination and collaboration between the government, industry and academia.
This event was part of the Civic Scientist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, and the Harold E. Rorschach Jr. Memorial Lecture Series, organized by Rice University's Department of Physics and Astronomy. Additional support was provided by Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Follow @stpolicy on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerCivSci.
Click here to view Droegemeier's PowerPoint presentation.
5:30 p.m. — Reception
6:30 p.m. — Presentation
About the Civic Scientist Lecture Series
The Civic Scientist Lecture Series is an initiative sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program. The lectures are a series of discussions by leading scientists from around the country who have impacted public policy. The goal of the series is to expose scientists and future scientists to the notion that they can have an impact outside the laboratory. It also gives the Houston community an opportunity to hear leading scientists discuss their fields and careers, hopefully promoting science and technology as a public good worthy of federal, state and local funding. Support for the Civic Scientist Program is generously provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng.
Kelvin K. Droegemeier, Ph.D., serves as President Donald J. Trump’s science advisor and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where he leads coordination of science and technology initiatives across the federal government. Droegemeier previously served as vice president for research and regents’ professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. In his 33 years at the University of Oklahoma, Droegemeier generated more than $40 million in research funding and authored or co-authored more than 80 refereed articles and 200 conference publications. He also co-founded, directed, and led the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms and served as co-founder and deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sense of the Atmosphere. Droegemeier served two six-year terms on the National Science Board, the governing body of the NSF, including the last four years as vice-chairman, having been nominated by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and twice confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Droegemeier earned a B.S. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.