Saturday, December 3, 2022

Indian American Arati Prabhakar gets US Senate Confirmation

Confirmed with a 56-40 vote, she will now be US President Joe Biden’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, and a member of the cabinet

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The United States Senate voted on September 21 to confirm Indian American Dr Arati Prabhakar, as the next director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), making Prabhakar the first woman, immigrant, and person of colour to ever serve in that role.

Confirmed with a 56-40 vote, she will now be US President Joe Biden’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, and a member of the cabinet.

In June 2022, Biden had announced Prabhakar’s nomination and praised her saying in a statement that she was, “a brilliant and highly-respected engineer and applied physicist”.

Prabhakar’s family came to the United States when she was three and created a home for themselves in Lubbock, Texas. With an electrical engineering degree from Texas Tech University, she went on to become the first woman to earn a PhD in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology

Under Biden, OSTP in conjunction with the National Security Council worked to develop the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan and it also heads the White House’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

Prabhakar’s family came to the United States when she was three and created a home for themselves in Lubbock, Texas. With an electrical engineering degree from Texas Tech University, she went on to become the first woman to earn a PhD in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology.

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