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PCAST Delivers Roadmap to Spur 'Industries of the Future'


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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy director Kelvin Droegemeier, seated at left, at a meeting of the Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in February.

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report last month recommending ways to accelerate progress in "Industries of the Future."

Credit: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report last month recommending ways to accelerate progress in "Industries of the Future" (IoTF), a term the White House uses that encompasses quantum information science, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, advanced communications, and biotechnology. The recommendations focus on targeted funding increases and an array of new mechanisms for facilitating the translation of research into scaled-up applications, bolstering the U.S. STEM workforce, and strengthening federal laboratories' engagement in the R&D enterprise.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Kelvin Droegemeier asked the council to produce the report at its first meeting late last year. The council's work was divided among three subcommittees chaired by Bank of America Chief Operations and Technology Officer Cathy Bessant, Dow Chief Technology Officer A. N. Sreeram, and IBM Research Director Darío Gil, who has since left the council to join the National Science Board.

PCAST approved the subcommittees' recommendations at a meeting on June 30. Promising to follow through on the roadmap, Droegemeier assured the council, "This is not a report that is going to sit on a shelf."

 

From American Institute of Physics
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