Jan. 7, 2019: Kelvin Droegemeier was confirmed as the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The position had been vacant since January, 2017. In his new position, Droegemeier, 60, a meteorologist by training, would be the President’s most senior-level adviser on science and technology issues, including such emerging technological issues such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Droegemeier was most recently the Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology, a position he held since March, 2017. Droegemeier has been a member of the faculty at the University of Oklahoma since 1985. Droegemeier’s academic research has focused on extreme weather events. In the 1990s, he became known for his research on computer simulations of thunderstorm development, drawing on advancements in radar and computer technology. Droegemeier founded two Centers at the federal government’s National Science Foundation: the the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms in 1989, and the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere in 2003. He also founded and directed the Sasaki Institute, a now-defunct non-profit organization at the University of Oklahoma, and as of 2011, he owned a private weather technology company. Droegemeier was appointed as the Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma in 2009, and he held that position until August, 2018. Droegemeier received a B.S. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 1980, and he pursued graduate studies in atmospheric science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he received an M.S. in 1982, and a Ph.D. in 1985.