Event Information

Date & Time
April 8, 2011 -
3:15pm to 5:00pm
The Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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An Engineer’s Perspective on Science and Technology Policy with Asha Balakrishnan, Ph.D.


This talk will cover some key public policy issues facing the science and engineering communities highlighting issues relating to U.S. innovation and competitiveness. More specifically, Dr. Balakrishnanwill discuss STEM education and workforce issues relating to innovation. In addition, she will touch on current federal R&D budget trends and describe tools for evaluating R&D programs. Finally, she will tie in her own experience as an engineer and describe her career path both in science policy and as an engineering educator.
Asha Balakrishnanis a research staff member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) chartered to support the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. At STPI, Dr. Balakrishnanconducts research in the areas of innovation, international science and technology trends, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. She has worked on projects related to understanding U.S. investments in advanced manufacturing R&D, high-skilled immigration –particularly related to students studying STEM, and data analysis of Science and Technology indicators for an international benchmarking study. Dr. Balakrishnanholds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. Both her master’s degree and Ph.D. are in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an adjunct professor in Mechanical Engineering at George Washington University.