White House Celebrates the Administration’s Latest Science and Technology Achievements in a New Report

Mar 1, 2019

by ASME.org

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently released a report detailing the Science and Technology Highlights in the Second Year of the Trump Administration. In January of this year OSTP received a new director, Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, who comes to the administration after a lengthy career as a meteorologist.

President Trump is quoted frequently throughout the report, including the opening of the report in which he notes, “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow.“

In reflecting on the past year’s achievements, the report makes note of several milestones that occurred for the first time. These milestones include new legislation promoting research and development (R&D) in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technologies; the development of the world’s most powerful supercomputer; and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s new $2 billion investment in artificial intelligence (AI) to bolster national security.

Additional highlights the report touches on include advances in:

  • Advanced Manufacturing;
  • AI;
  • Cybersecurity;
  • High Performance Computing and Advanced Electronics; and
  • STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] Education and the Workforce

The report closes with a commitment to support to science policy, noting “OSTP will continue support American scientists and technologists and working with the interagency and other collaborators to ensure that the United States maintains and accelerates global leadership in scientific and technological advancement.”

To review the report in full, click here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Administration-2018-ST-Highlights.pdf