American President Joe Biden nominates Indian-American scientist Dr Arati Prabhakar to be director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
The former head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research and development agency of the United States Department of Defense, Indian origin Dr Arati Prabhakar was nominated to serve as the director of the office of science and technology, a key White House role. She will also become assistant to the President for science and technology. She will be the first woman, person of color and immigrant to hold that Cabinet-level position.
Dr Arati was only three years old when her family shifted to America from India. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas University. She further pursued PhD in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology. She was appointed as the director of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.