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NSB Chair Diane Souvaine statement on the nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier as science advisor

Kelvin Droegemeier

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August 1, 2018

The White House has announced its intent to nominate Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice President for Research and Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, as Director of Science and Technology Policy.

“We served together on the National Science Board for eight years, and I observed first-hand his strong work ethic together with his boundless passion for and commitment to the nation’s science and engineering enterprise,” said National Science Board Chair Diane Souvaine. “He’s also a top-notch, highly regarded scientist with a deep understanding and appreciation of the essential partnerships between government, academia, and industry that together fuel research discoveries and economic opportunities for our country.”

Droegemeier served on the National Science Board for twelve years, nominated by President George W. Bush for his first term and appointed by President Barack Obama to his second term. As Vice Chair from 2012 – 2016, Droegemeier was a leader of the Board, which governs the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advises Congress and the President. He championed numerous Board activities, including its biennial report, Science and Engineering Indicators, and Revisiting the STEM Workforce, and was a key contributor to the Board’s report on reducing administrative workloads on researchers.

Droegemeier, an expert on extreme weather, cofounded the NSF’s Science and Technology Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) in 1989, directing the center from 1994 until 2006. He’s served as a consultant to Honeywell Corporation, American Airlines, the National Transportation Safety Board, and Climatological Consulting Corp. Droegemeier is the author or co-author of over 80 refereed journal articles and more than 200 conference publications and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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