August 14, 2018 – ASTRA’s Vice Chairman - Midwest, Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier of the University of Oklahoma, has been nominated by President Trump to be Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP).
Support for Dr. Droegemeier is widespread across the scientific and engineering communities. Prominent individuals from across the political spectrum are supporting his much-needed appointment to head up OSTP (see attached articles).
Hearings over Dr. Droegemeier’s nomination will be held very soon, perhaps by the end of this month. ASTRA is urging all ASTRA Board Members and Friends of ASTRA organizations and individuals to support his nomination by contacting their Senators ASAP.
In addition, ASTRA is scheduling visits to Members of the Committee beginning this week and we will also be visiting with Senatorial recipients of the George E. Brown, Jr. Award for Science & Engineering Leadership (see photo below of Kelvin conferring the George E. Brown, Jr. Award to Sen. Peters of Michigan in 2017 during our STEM on the Hill event — and use it as you wish).
Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) (center) receives the 2017 George E. Brown, Jr. Award for Science & Engineering Leadership from Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier (left), ASTRA Vice Chairman - Midwest, and ASTRA Executive Director Dr. Robert Boege (right) during the SETWG / ASTRA STEM on the Hill 2017 ceremony. Senator Corey Gardner (R-CO) was also co-recipient of the 2017 Award. His Plague was conferred in a separate ceremony during the event. Both Senators received the Award for their efforts in reauthorizing the late 2016 reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.
- U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Trump’s pick to head White House science office gets good reviews
- MIT Technology Review Article
- Forbes - Trump's Pro-Science Pick To Lead White House Science Office
- The Atlantic - Trump Finally Picks a Science Adviser—And People Are Delighted