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EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation and Coalition Congratulate Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier

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The EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition and the EPSCoR /IDeA Foundation congratulate Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier on his Senate confirmation as the new Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The Senate confirmed Dr. Droegemeier by voice vote yesterday, January 2. The OSTP Director serves as the President’s science advisor.

The EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition and Foundation have enthusiastically supported Dr. Droegemeier for the position of OSTP Director well before his nomination for the position was announced in August of 2018. In March of 2017 the Boards of the Coalition and Foundation sent a letter to the White House strongly encouraging the President to nominate Dr. Droegemeier. The Coalition membership also registered support for Dr. Droegemeier with their Senators, particularly those serving on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science.

Each and every member of the EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition and the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation Boards of Directors have witnessed Dr. Droegemeier’s scientific expertise, keen insights, his ability to forge alliances between academia and industry and his commitment to demonstrating the tangible, economic impacts of research throughout the United States. As Vice Chairman of the National Science Board, Dr. Droegemeier reminded his peers of the mandate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Act of 1950 that “it shall be an objective of the Foundation to strengthen science and engineering research potential and education at all levels throughout the United States and avoid undue concentration of such research and education, respectively…”

Formerly Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Droegemeier was appointed to a six-year term to the National Science Board first by President George W. Bush and then again for a second six- year term by President Barack Obama. In both cases his appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate on a strong bipartisan basis. In the last four years of his term on the National Science Board he was elected and served as Vice-Chairman. In 2017, Governor Mary Fallin appointed Dr. Droegemeier to be the Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology.

Dr. Droegemeier is also the founder of Weather Decisions Technology, a private company employing almost 100 people. This company was a result of his leadership as cofounder, and later Director, of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), which is recognized around the world as the pioneer of storm-scalenumerical weather prediction.

Dr. Droegemeier is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as Chair of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Research and is on numerous other boards.

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