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Press Statement 18-009

Statement on the nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the White House OSTP

Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the president on scientific, engineering and technological aspects of the economy, national security and other topics

Kelvin Droegemeier

Kelvin Droegemeier

August 1, 2018

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova issued the following statement:

I am thrilled at the nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Through his deep and years-long connection to the National Science Foundation, we know him to be a thoughtful advocate for all aspects of science.

Starting in 1989, Dr. Droegemeier served five years as deputy director of the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), a pioneer in weather prediction and one of NSF's first Science and Technology Centers. In 1994, he returned to CAPS as director, a position he held for nearly a decade. In 2003, he co-founded the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. Throughout his time with these centers, he showed himself to be as energetic as the tornadoes he studied.

Dr. Droegemeier served 12 years with the National Science Board, including two terms as vice chair. As a board member, he always did his homework, asking great questions and providing NSF with valuable guidance on policy and strategy. During his recent time as Oklahoma's secretary of Science and Technology, Dr. Droegemeier demonstrated his willingness to work as a force for unity on science and engineering policy, showing that research is apolitical, and yields benefits to all Americans.

Importantly, Dr. Droegemeier has exemplified the role of researcher as educator and communicator. For decades, he worked as a professor, shaping the careers of future researchers. He has carried his clear love for sharing knowledge and communicating the value of research into his subsequent work. At a time when NSF and its partners are working to enhance the economy, national defense and the U.S. position as a global innovation leader, I am grateful that such a champion of basic research has been selected for this important role.


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