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Former LANL deputy director named to advisory council

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By The Staff

President Obama’s list of 20 members for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) included William Press, a former senior manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory,

Press, who maintains a residence in Los Alamos, is currently Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

From 1998 to 2004 he was Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology at LANL, where he had direct responsibility for the laboratory’s technical programs.

"Bill Press is an outstanding scientist and educator and,here at Los Alamos, laid out a vision for science at a large national laboratory,” said Terry Wallace, LANL's Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering in a prepared statement regarding the PCAST announcement Monday. "Bill also understands the challenges that face the nation, and how innovation will drive solutions to those challenges. It is great that Bill will serve on PCAST."

PCAST is a formal advisory group made up of leading scientists and engineers who will counsel the White House and help formulate policy in the area of science and technology.

The list was announced in conjunction with the President’s remarks to the National Academy of Sciences.


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