PCAST gets 14 new members

Feb. 28, 2006 – President Bush has appointed 14 new members to his Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), including several supporters of micro and nanotechnology. The appointments bring the total PCAST membership to 38.

These appointments follow the president’s Sept. 29, 2005 amendment to PCAST’s executive order to increase its membership and to designate PCAST to serve as his information technology advisory panel.

New members are: F. Duane Ackerman, chairman, president and chief executive of Bellsouth Corp.; Paul Anderson, chairman and CEO of Duke Energy; Robert Brown, president of Boston University; Nance Dicciani, president and CEO of Honeywell Specialty Materials; Richard Herman, chancellor of the University of Illinois; Fred Kavli, founder and chairman of the Kavli Foundation; Daniel Reed, director of Renaissance Computing Institute; Hector de Jesus Ruiz, chairman and president of Advanced Micro Devices; Stratton Sclavos, chairman and CEO of VeriSign; John Brooks Slaughter, president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering; Joseph Tucci, president and CEO of EMC Corp.; Robert Witt, president of the University of Alabama, and Tadataka Yamada, chairman for research and development at GlaxoSmithKline.

Many of the advisers champion micro and nanotechnology. For instance, Kavli has funded several nanoscience centers at universities and launched awards for nanotech research. Jischke has been an advocate for the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue. Honeywell and AMD are involved in micro and nanotech R&D.


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