IMS Delegate Appointed to U.S. White House Office

IMS Delegate Appointed to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Thomas R. Kurfess, Clemson’s BMW manufacturing endowed chair and delegate to the IMS International Steering Committee, was appointed advanced manufacturing assistant director. He began Feb. 21 and will spend the next 12 months working for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tom Kurfess

Dr. Kurfess will work with the office to help identify gaps in the federal government’s advanced manufacturing R&D portfolio and the development of strategies to address these gaps. “The United States is a manufacturing powerhouse,” Kurfess said. “It’s a real honor to serve my county and help secure and grow its position among the world’s most important economies.”

He also will work closely with scientists and policymakers in various executive branch agencies that support advanced manufacturing, such as the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Defense.

Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1976. The office advises the president and the White House on science and technology for domestic and international affairs. It also works with the private sector, state and local governments and higher education institutions. John P. Holdren, the president’s science and technology adviser, leads the office.

Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Staff Report, February 24, 2012