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AESS at the White House: Dr. Shannon Blunt to join the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

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Office of Science and Technology Policy

November 14, 2019

President Donald J. Trump Announces
Intent to Appoint Two More Members to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Today, President Trump signed an intent to appoint two more members to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier, Director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who also Chairs the Council, with Edward McGinnis serving as the PCAST Executive Director, welcomed both Shannon Blunt, Professor in Radar and Remote Sensing at the University of Kansas, and Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean in Intelligent Transportation Systems and GPS at the Ohio State University. PCAST will include 16 total members in addition to the Chair of the Council. The inaugural meeting will take place on November 18th and you can find more details here.

“The Trump Administration is ensuring a diverse group of our Nation’s leaders in science and technology is represented within PCAST, and I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Shannon Blunt and Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska from the academia community. As promised, we’re announcing additional voices from academia who will play a critical role in how PCAST advises the President on matters central to our Nation’s science and technology efforts. With another tranche of unique and talented members awaiting clearance, the Trump Administration will only build on the successes of our innovative ecosystem and have one of the most robust Councils to date,” said Dr. Droegemeier.


“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to serve this country in the furtherance of S&T, and ready to get to work.” said Dr. Blunt.

 “As a scientist and academic educator, I am honored to join this distinguished body of accomplished science and technology leaders and to serve our nation in this way.” said Dr. Grejner-Brzezinska.


Bios of Dr. Shannon Blunt and Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska

Dr. Shannon Blunt - Dr. Blunt is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas and Chair of the Radar Systems Panel of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Blunt is also on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Society. Previously, Dr. Blunt spent three years within the Radar Division of the Naval Research laboratory in Washington, D.C. Dr. Blunt has made major contributions to radar technology, as shown by his publication of over 150 articles and 11 book chapters, 2 books, his 16 patents/patents-pending, and his receipt of the Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award (2012) and IEEE Fellowship for contributions to radar waveform diversity and design (2016).  Dr. Blunt received his B.S. with honors from the University of Missouri in Electrical Engineering, his M.S. from the University of Missouri in Electrical Engineering, and also his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska - Prior to her academic career, Dr. Grejner-Brzezinska was a research specialist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Center for Space Development a special program within the Center for Mapping at the Ohio State University. Dr. Grejner-Brzezinska is the recipient of the Institute of Navigation’s 2016 Kepler Award for outstanding contributions in advancing technology, educating future navigation leaders, and for strengthening the ties between satellite navigation and geodesy and 2011 Fellow award for her sustained contributions to advancements in the art and science of navigation. Dr. Grejner-Brzezinska was recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, the first woman from the Ohio State University to receive the honor. Dr. Grejner-Brzezinska received a Masters of Science from the University of Warmia and Mazury of Olsztyn, Poland in Surveying and Land Management with Highest National Distinction and also a Masters of Science from the Ohio State University in Satellite Geodesy. Her Ph.D. is also from the Ohio State University in Satellite Geodesy.


Current Appointed Members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Catherine Bessant, Chief Technology Officer, Bank of America

Dr. H. Fisk Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Dr. Dario Gil, Director of Research, IBM Research

Dr. Sharon Hrynkow, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Cyclo Therapeutics
Dr. A.N. Sreeram, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Dow Chemical

Shane Wall, Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Labs, HP Inc.

Dr. K. Birgitta Whaley, Director of Quantum Information and Computation Center, University of California, Berkley

Information regarding additional members and upcoming meetings to be announced in the future.


PCAST Overview

PCAST is a presidential-level advisory council of the Nation’s science and technology leaders from the private sector and academic communities who will provide advice about science, technology, and innovation on topics critical to the Nation’s security and economy, and the health and welfare of the American people. Among other areas, the Council will provide policy recommendations on strengthening American leadership in science and technology, building the Workforce of the Future, and supporting foundational research and development across the country.

PCAST was launched by Executive Order in 2001, formalizing a process that had been in place through many previous Administrations to advise the President on matters involving science, technology, education, and innovation policy. The Council provides the President with scientific and technical information that is needed to inform public policy relating to the American economy, the American worker, national and homeland security, and other topics. The Council includes distinguished individuals from sectors outside of the Federal Government and represents diverse perspectives and expertise in science, technology, education, and innovation. 


Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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