Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 2:15 pm
Speaker: Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
Title: Twenty Five Hundred Years of Small Science: What’s Next?
Location: 67-3111 Chemla Room
From the ancient Greeks to the recent greats of the nanotechnology world, I will present a personal perspective on the history of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and some of the science and policy challenges for the future of “small” science.
Since October 2014, Lloyd Whitman has served as the Assistant Director for Nanotechnology in the Technology and Innovation Division at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, Dr. Whitman supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative and the Materials Genome Initiative, helps the Administration maintain strong support for those initiatives within the Federal agencies and among key external stakeholders, and serves as a liaison to international nanotechnology and advanced materials programs and initiatives.
Dr. Whitman serves as the OSTP co-chair of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology, and provides guidance to the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office on its policies and operations. He also assists with other science and technology policy initiatives within OSTP as needed, including water technologies and advanced manufacturing, providing practical insight and guidance related to the policies and operations within Federal agencies based on his experience as a career Federal employee and member of the Senior Executive Service.
Dr. Whitman is serving in this role on a full-time detail from his position as Deputy Director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Prior to his time at OSTP and NIST, he served as the Head of the Surface Nanoscience and Sensor Technology Section at the Naval Research Laboratory, leading an interdisciplinary research program at the nexus of nanoscience, biotechnology, and microsystems, and advising on a wide range of S&T program and policy issues throughout the Department of Defense. He also served as a Science Advisor to the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense and Chemical Demilitarization Programs.
He received an undergraduate degree from Brown University, and a Master's and Ph.D. from Cornell University, all in physics.