The 25th anniversary of the White House OSTP is celebrated at MIT with a day-long symposium on science and technology policy, held on May 1, 2001. Talks and panel discussions are presented throughout the day by eight former presidential science policy advisors who speak on issues they faced while in office, and by other distinguished speakers who offer a prospective look at science and technology policy concerns.
In his introductory address to the audience of over 200, MIT President Dr. Charles M. Vest underscores the vital importance of a renewed commitment to funding for science and technology, and showcases MIT’s new Technology and Policy Program (the largest program in the world in which engineering students receive an in-depth understanding of disciplines including economics, law and politics).
During the day’s first morning session, chaired by Daniel E. Hastings SM ‘78 PhD ’80, the audience hears from:
• William T. Golden (who served under Harry Truman);
• Edward E. David Jr. (who served under Richard Nixon);
• H. Guyford Stever (who served under Nixon and Gerald Ford);
• John E. Porter (former congressman R-IL).
The White House OSCP was established by Congress in 1976 to provide the President and others within the Executive Office of the President with advice on the scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of the economy, national security, homeland security, health, foreign relations, the environment (including global climate change), and the technological recovery and use of resources, among other topics. MIT has a long history of public service: formal and informal science advisors to U.S. presidents have been drawn from the MIT community over many decades, starting with Vannevar Bush ’16 who served F. D. Roosevelt during the Second World War.
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