Today, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and, once confirmed, as the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. Dr. Prabhakar previously served as the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

“We are delighted to congratulate Dr. Arati Prabhakar on her nomination for Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the President’s science advisor,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. “Throughout her career, Dr. Prabhakar has shown tremendous leadership in science, technology, and innovation. This is a historic nomination as, if confirmed, Dr. Prabhakar will be the first woman, first immigrant, and first person of color to head OSTP. Her career is an inspiration, and her dedication to the American scientific enterprise demonstrates to everyone—especially rising generations—that being a leader in STEM is something to which all may aspire. We would also like to thank Dr. Alondra Nelson for her dedicated leadership of OSTP since February. We look forward to working closely with Dr. Prabhakar, and we hope her Senate confirmation moves swiftly.”