The President's Distinguished Lecture Series - Dr. John Holdren
Watch the second entry in the Stevens Institute of Technology's President's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Stevens President Nariman Farvardin called Holdren "one of the world's most influential voices in science and technology" during his introductory remarks in front of a capacity crowd of more than 500, and Holdren responded by delivering a fascinating insider's look at how President Barack Obama has fulfilled his famous first-term inauguration pledge to "restore science to its rightful place."
Holdren -- who earned advanced degrees in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University and was previously a professor at Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley -- is Obama's senior advisor on virtually all scientific and technical issues that matter to the nation.
"Science and technology matter critically to the national agenda," Holdren said, which he reiterated in his post-presentation comments to Stevens faculty members and students.