Oklahoma Science and Technology Secretary Kelvin Droegemeier said he will boost potentially “transformative” government research efforts if he is confirmed to lead the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, FCW reported Thursday.
The nominee recently told the Senate Commerce Committee that he will work to ensure that America leads innovations in quantum computing and artificial intelligence, which are two of the White House’s research and development priorities for 2020.
Regarding regulatory hurdles and competition in science and technology efforts, Droegemeier said there is a need for the government to form partnerships to ensure the U.S. remains the leader in technological development.
He added that he will ensure politics will not interfere with scientific operations and integrity.
President Donald Trump announced in early August that he will nominate Droegemeier, also vice president for research and meteorology lecturer at the University of Oklahoma, as OSTP’s director.
The meteorologist previously served on the National Science Board for 12 years.