November 23, 2016
Mr. Donald Trump
Office of President-Elect
1800 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Dear President-elect Trump,
On behalf of the U.S. scientific, engineering, and higher education community we are looking forward to working with you, as 45th President of the United States, and your administration. As President you will face a wide range of domestic and international challenges, from protecting national and energy security, to ensuring U.S. economic competitiveness, curing diseases, and responding to natural disasters. These challenges share one thing in common: the need for scientific knowledge and technological expertise to address them successfully.
For this reason, we urge that you quickly appoint a science advisor with the title of Assistant to the President for Science and Technology who is a nationally respected leader with the appropriate engineering, scientific, management and policy skills necessary for this critically important role. This senior level advisor can assist you in determining effective ways to use science and technology to address major national challenges. Moreover, this individual can coordinate relevant science and technology policy and personnel decisions within the executive branch of government.
The economic benefits of advancements in science, technology and innovation have been well documented, estimated by leading economists to have accounted for approximately half of U.S. economic growth over the last fifty years. Past government investments in the U.S. scientific and technological enterprise have fueled our economy, created new jobs, and ensured our global competitiveness and national security. At the same time, these investments have enabled the development of a system of U.S. research universities and national laboratories unmatched in the world.
We know that one of your top priorities will be to focus on ensuring that the U.S. economy remains strong and continues to grow. If we are to maintain America’s global leadership, and respond to the economic and security challenges currently facing the nation, we must build on our strong history of federal support for innovation, entrepreneurship and science and technology.
Toward that end we would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you or leaders of your transition team to discuss how the science and engineering community can assist with developing a path forward to ensure that the U.S. innovation infrastructure grows and flourishes under your administration and to suggest candidates for top science and technology posts.
–Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your response.
You may contact Joanne Carney with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)to coordinate a convenient meeting time, and we will follow up with a proposed list of attendees.
Rush D. Holt Chief Executive Officer American Association for the Advancement of Science
Kevin B. Marvel Executive Officer American Astronomical Society
Donna J. Nelson President American Chemical Society
Chris McEntee Executive Director and CEO American Geophysical Union
Milan P. Yager Executive Director American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Robert G.W. Brown Chief Executive Officer American Institute of Physics
Kate P. Kirby Chief Executive Officer American Physical Society
Martin Frank Executive Director American Physiological Society
Stefano Bertuzzi Chief Executive Officer American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Crispin Taylor Chief Executive Officer American Society of Plant Biologists
Nancy Kidd Executive Officer American Sociological Association
Robert H. Rich Executive Director Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS)
Thomas G. Loughlin Executive Director ASME
Sarah Brookhart Executive Director Association for Psychological Science
Mary Sue Coleman President Association of American Universities
Peter McPherson President Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Keith Yamamoto Chair Coalition for the Life Sciences RADM
Jonathan White (ret., USN) President and CEO Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Wendy A. Naus Executive Director Consortium of Social Science Associations
Madeleine Jacobs President and CEO Council of Scientific Society Presidents
David M. Lodge President Ecological Society of America
Howard H. Garrison Deputy Executive Director for Policy Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Shirley M. Tilghman Co-founder Rescuing Biomedical Research
Mary Woolley President Research!America
John C. Nemeth Executive Director and CEO SIGMA Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Thomas Grumbly President SoAR Foundation
Marty Saggese Executive Director Society for Neuroscience
Peter Walter President The American Society for Cell Biology
Elizabeth A. Rogan Chief Executive Officer The Optical Society (OSA)