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Senate Confirms Dr. Eric Lander as OSTP Director and Member of the Cabinet

Senate Confirms Dr. Eric Lander as OSTP Director and Member of the Cabinet

The U.S. Senate voted recently to confirm Dr. Eric Lander as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Presidential Science Advisor. Earlier this year, ASME applauded President Biden’s decision to elevate the Presidential Science Advisor to a Cabinet level position for the first time in history and the nomination of a candidate with deep interdisciplinary science and engineering experience to lead the White House science team at OSTP.
“Science and engineering challenges lie at the heart of each of the most serious problems facing our nation and the international community,” commented Tom Costabile, ASME’s Executive Director/CEO. “As we work to end the pandemic and continue the difficult work of modernizing our infrastructure to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, it is essential that we reinvigorate our national science and technology strategy to address today’s challenges. ASME congratulates Dr. Lander on his confirmation and looks forward to supporting OSTP’s important work on behalf of the science and engineering community.” 
Since 1973, ASME has supported Federal Fellowship positions in order to bolster the voices of scientists and engineers in the public policy process. The program enables selected ASME members to devote a year to working in government, providing engineering and technical advice to policy makers in the U.S. Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. ASME’s Federal Fellowships provide a valuable public service to the nation while at the same time giving engineers a unique opportunity to participate directly in the policy-making process. Federal offices with an ASME Fellow receive much-needed engineering expertise, and the Fellows gain first-hand knowledge of how decisions are made at the top levels of U.S. government. ASME placed its first Fellow at OSTP in the Executive Office of the White House in 1981.
About the ASME Federal Fellowship Program:
ASME Federal Fellowships are sponsored by ASME Government Relations, the ASME Foundation, the ASME Petroleum Division, and the ASME Bioengineering Division. For more information, including more about current fellows and 2021-22 fellowship opportunities, visit the ASME Federal Fellows Program web page.
Those interested in making a contribution to the program can do so and learn more by visiting the ASME Foundation’s website at

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