President Bush Taps Clough for Science Policy Post

National Science Board members oversee the NSF and advise Congress

President George W. Bush has appointed G. Wayne Clough, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology and a noted civil engineer, to serve as a member of the National Science Board.

The 24-member board is a highly influential policy body established by Congress in 1950 to oversee the National Science Foundation (NSF) and provide advice to the president and Congress on critical issues related to science and engineering. The independent board usually meets six times a year.

President Bush signed the appointment of Dr. Clough November 29. Clough is the second Georgia Tech president to serve on the board. The first was Joseph Pettit, who was on the board from 1976 until 1982. In addition, Clough is one of five engineers on the board and the only civil engineer among the membership. His term will expire May 10, 2010.

National Science Board members are selected on the basis of their distinguished service in science and engineering research and education. They also are chosen because of their roles as scientific, engineering, and educational leaders throughout the nation.

In 2001, President Bush appointed Clough to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Clough is the only individual to serve on both PCAST and the National Science Board. He currently chairs PCAST's Nanotechnology Task Force, and he previously chaired its Federal Research and Development panel.

Among his other national posts, Clough is the new university co-vice chairman of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Heis also a member of the council's Executive Committee , where he co-chairs the National Innovation Initiative. In addition, he chairs The Engineer of 2020 Project for the National Academy of Engineering.

The chief task of the National Science Board is to oversee the NSF as it carries out its critical statutory responsibility - that is, to maintain the health of the nation's science and engineering enterprise by funding research in all the basic sciences and engineering. The NSF also supports innovative education programs from kindergarten through graduate school, preparing future generations of scientists and engineers and contributing to a more scientifically literate workforce and society.

The National Science Board establishes NSF policies; identifies issues that are critical to the NSF's future; approves the NSF's strategic budget directions; approves annual budget submissions to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget; and approves new programs and major awards.

In advising the president and Congress on science policy, members of the National Science Board also initiate and conduct studies on a broad range of policy topics related to science and engineering research and education. The board then presents its results and makes important recommendations to the president, Congress, and the general public.

Clough is the second Georgia Tech connection among the National Science Board's current membership. He joins fellow engineer John White Jr., who previously was on the faculty at Tech for 22 years but today is chancellor of the University of Arkansas.

White joined the faculty of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering in 1975. While at the Institute, he held the Eugene C. Gwaltney Chair of Manufacturing and was a Regents' Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering. From 1988 to 1991, White was on assignment in Washington, D.C., as the assistant director for engineering at the NSF. He returned to Georgia Tech in 1991 as dean of engineering and held that position until 1997, when he became chancellor at Arkansas.

Clough and White also share membership in the Council of Presidents for the Southeastern Universities Research Association and are members of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Clough's interests include technology and higher education policy, economic development, diversity in higher education, and technology in a global setting. His civil engineer specialty is in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Clough has published more than 120 papers and reports plus six book chapters.