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Biden trusts Dr Aarti Prabhakar, who ‘sniffed’ nuclear material before making a bomb, made science advisor

Washington : US President Joe Biden has named Indian-American scientist Dr Aarti Prabhakar as the director of the country’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). If Biden’s proposal is approved by the Senate, then Dr Aarti Prabhakar will be the first woman to hold the position of director of OSTP. Indian-Americans have welcomed this nomination.

The US President said on Tuesday, ‘Dr Prabhakar is a very learned and respected engineer and physicist. She will lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy to leverage science, technology and innovation to expand our possibilities in these areas, solve our toughest challenges and make the impossible possible. He said that I agree with Dr. Prabhakar’s belief that America has the most powerful innovation machinery the world has ever seen.
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“While the Senate will consider his nomination, I am grateful that Dr. Alondra Nelson will continue to lead OSTP and Dr. Francis Collins will continue to serve as my acting science advisor,” Biden said. Once confirmed, she will also be an Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. If selected to lead the OSTP, Prabhakar will be the third Asian American to join the Biden cabinet. Vice President Kamala Harris and US Trade Representative Catherine Tai are already part of the US presidential cabinet.

Scientist and Engineer Aarti Prabhakar
Aarti Prabhakar is an engineer and physicist. Dr Prabhakar was unanimously elected by the Senate to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She was the first woman to serve in this position. He then served as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where breakthrough technologies such as stealth aircraft and the Internet were born.

Material detection team inspector before making bombs
Dr Prabhakar served as the Director of DARPA from 2012 to 2017. Here she supervises teams that build systems to detect nuclear and radiological material before terrorists make bombs. The team also built tools to trace human trafficking networks in the dark web. According to the White House, Prabhakar had also set up a new office to promote novel biotechnology.

(with agency input)


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