Career Desk: Delhi-born India's daughter Aarti Prabhakar will be made scientific advisor to US President Joe Biden. Indian-origin physicist Dr. Aarti Prabhakar will replace Eric Lander. The lander resigned from his position on February 7, 2022. Aarti will be the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP). However, she would need Senate approval before taking office. Which may take a few months. If the Senate approves her, she would become the first woman and black person to lead the OSTP. Read everything about Bharatvanshi Aarti Prabhakar, where did she study, how did she travel to the White House ...
Born in Delhi, Childhood spent in Texas
Aarti Prabhakar was born on 2 February 1959 in New Delhi, the capital of India. After this, she moved to Texas and her childhood and early education took place from there. In 1984, she completed her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and then went on to work for the federal government.
Bill Clinton gave important responsibility
Aarti Prabhakar is a well-known physicist. In 1993, when Bill Clinton was the President of the United States, he selected Prabhakar to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Barack Obama became the US President two decades after leading NIST and handed over the responsibility of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to Aarti Prabhakar.
The second woman to head DARPA
Aarti Prabhakar became the second woman to head the DARPA. She worked here for five years from 30 July 2012 to 20 January 2017. During this tenure, she created a Biotechnology Office. This office works on RNA vaccines to fight covid 19.
Prabhakar is the founder of Actuate
Aarti is the founder of Actuate. She founded it in the year 2019. It is a non-profit organization. Which works for the right use of technology, from health to other sources of sustainable energy. Biden has also made bets to make her his scientific advisor several times.
Will help meet Biden's agenda
The main job of a scientific advisor is to help carry out the President's agenda for science. As Aarti Prabhakar has a long experience working in DARPA. So she will help the Biden administration build ARPA-H and the new NSF Technology Directorate. It was only last year when Prabhakar had written a letter explaining how the DARPA model can be implemented in the government.