Arati Prabhakar

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Arati Prabhakar
Dr. Arati Prabhakar by Sun L. Vega, 2015.jpg
Official portrait, 2015
Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Assuming office
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyAlondra Nelson
SucceedingEric Lander
Science Advisor to the President
Assumed office
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byEric Lander
Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
In office
July 30, 2012 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byRegina E. Dugan
Succeeded bySteven Walker
Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
In office
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJohn Lyons
Succeeded byRaymond Kammer
Personal details
Born (1959-02-02) February 2, 1959 (age 63)
New Delhi, India
EducationTexas Tech University (BS)
California Institute of Technology (MS, PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsApplied physics
InstitutionsNational Institute of Standards and Technology
U.S. Venture Partners
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
ThesisInvestigation of Deep Level Defects in Semiconductor Material Systems (1985)
Doctoral advisorThomas McGill

Arati Prabhakar (born February 2, 1959) is an Indian-born American engineer and politician.[1] She is a founder and the CEO of Actuate, a nonprofit organization.[2]

In June 2022, Prabhaker was nominated to be Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) by President Joe Biden.[3]

She headed National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 1993 to 1997, and was the first woman to head NIST.[4][5][6]

Prabhakar was born in New Delhi, India and her family moved to the United States when she was three.[7] At first, her family moved to Chicago and later to Lubbock, Texas.[8][9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Shachtman, Noah (2012-07-10). "Exclusive: Darpa Gets a New Boss, and Solyndra Is in Her Past". Wired. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  2. "Actuate".
  3. "Arati Prabhakar set to become Biden's science adviser and his pick to lead science office". Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  4. Holusha, John (1993-08-01). "Profile/Arati Prabhakar; She's Not Just Setting Standards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  5. Gibbs, W. W. (1995) Profile: Arati Prabhakar – Engineering the Future, Scientific American 272(4), 44–48.
  6. "Directors of the National Bureau of Standards (1901–1988) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (1988–present)". NIST. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  7. Joshi, Manoj (2012-07-12). "Delhi-born Arati Prabhakar is new head of US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency". India Today. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  8. Olstein, Katherine (Spring 2008). "Family Expectations Spawn Successful Careers". IEEE SSCS News. IEEE. pp. 34–35. doi:10.1109/N-SSC.2008.4785747.
  9. "Alumni Profile: Arati Prabhakar". Engenious. UC Berkeley College of Engineering. 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2012-08-25.