Indian-American citizen Dr. Aarti Prabhakar has been selected by US President Joe Biden as his top scientific advisor. Biden has named Dr Aarti Prabhakar as the director of the country’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). If his proposal is approved by the Senate, then Dr. Aarti Prabhakar will be the first woman to hold the position of director of OSTP.
Aarti Prabhakar will replace Eric Lander at OSTP. Eric had to resign due to allegations of creating a bad atmosphere in the office. Aarti had previously been the head of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1993 by the Clinton administration. After this, the Obama administration made Prabhakar the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
US President Joe Biden says that Dr Prabhakar is a great engineer and scientist. She will lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy to solve our toughest challenges and make the impossible possible. Biden said the Senate would consider his nomination.
Know who is Aarti Prabhakar
Dr. Aarti Prabhakar was born in Delhi. His early education took place in Texas. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from the Tech University of Texas in 1979. While he got the degree of Master of Science in 1980. After earning her PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1984, she went to work for the federal government.
She is the first woman to have a doctorate in applied physics from Caltech. She served as the head of the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 30 July 2012 to 20 January 2017. She is the founder and CEO of Actuate, a non-profit organization. She headed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 1993 to 1997 and was the first woman to head it.