US President Joe Biden has named Indian-origin Dr. Aarti Prabhakar as his top science advisor. His decision has been appreciated by the White House and Indian-Americans. If Dr. Aarti (63) gets the nod from the Senate, she will be the first woman, migrant or black, to become the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She is the most recent highly educated Indian to be nominated in the Biden administration.
Biden said on Tuesday, 'Dr. Prabhakar is an Applied Physicist with a fine and respected Engineer. She will lead OSTP to expand our expectations, solve tough challenges, make the impossible possible, and leverage science, technology and innovation. After getting the green signal from the Senate, Dr. Aarti will replace Eric Lander in the OSTP. She will be the Chief Adviser to the President on Science and Technology and a member of his cabinet.
Former NIST chief in Clinton administration
Dr. Arti served as the head of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1993 under the then-President Bill Clinton's administration. She was the first woman to head NIST. From July 30, 2012, to January 20, 2017, she was the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the administration of then-President Barack Obama.
Born in Delhi
Dr. Aarti was born in Delhi. She moved to America at the age of three. Aarti's early education took place in Texas. She is the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology. She is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Acuate.