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US President Joe Biden nominates NRI scientist Dr Arti Prabhakar
As a top science advisor

Los Angeles, June 23, 2022 A.Gary Singh

NRI scientist Dr Arti Prabhakar has been nominated by Joe Biden as a top science advisor to the US President, a decision hailed by the White House and the Indian-American community as “historic.” If confirmed by the Senate

  • Dr Arti Prabhakar would make history as the first woman, immigrant, or person of colour to head Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
  • She will also be the latest highly-qualified professional from the NRI community to be named for a key position in the Biden administration.

US President Joe Biden said :

“Dr Prabhakar is a brilliant and highly-respected engineer and applied physicist and will lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy to leverage science, technology, and innovation to expand our possibilities, solve our toughest challenges, and make the impossible possible,”

Once Here appointment is confirmed,
Dr Prabhakar would also be Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. In this capacity, Dr Prabhakar will be the President’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and a member of the President’s Cabinet.

  • Prabhakar has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate before, to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and was the first woman to hold that role.
  • Dr Prabhakar has led two different federal R&D agencies and worked with startups, large companies, universities, government labs, and nonprofits across a wide variety of sectors to create powerful new solutions for critical challenges.
  •  She is an engineer and applied physicist with extensive management and leadership credentials.
  • Prabhakar served as director of DARPA from 2012 to 2017. At DARPA, she oversaw teams that prototyped a system for detecting nuclear and radiological materials before a terrorist can build a bomb, developed tools to find human trafficking networks in the deep and dark web, and that enabled complex military systems to work together even when they were not originally designed to do so.


  • Arati Prabhakar (born February 2, 1959) 
  • She is a founder and the CEO of Actuate, a nonprofit organization.
  • She headed National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 1993 to 1997, and was the first woman to head NIST.
  • Prabhakar's family immigrated to the United States from New Delhi, India when she was three.
  • Her mother was seeking an advanced degree in social work in Chicago.
  • Prabhakar grew up in Lubbock, Texas, from age ten. Her mother encouraged her to pursue a PhD from a very early age.
  • She has a 1979 bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
  • She earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering in 1980 and a PhD in applied physics in 1984, both from the California Institute of Technology.
  • She was the first woman to earn a PhD in applied physics from Caltech.
  • Prabhakar is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and was named IEEE Fellow in 1997 for "leadership in partnering between industry and government to promote economic growth through the development of manufacturing technologies for semiconductor devices". 
  • She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has also been named a Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer and a Distinguished Alumna of California Institute of Technology.
  • She is a member of the governing board for the Pew Research Center and a member of the U.S. National Academies' Science Technology and Economic Policy Board. 
  • She was a member of the board of directors of SRI International in 2012, and was also a member of the U.S. National Academies' Science Technology and Economic Policy Board and the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley.
Prabhakar is featured in the Notable Women in Computing cards.