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The Clean Energy Technology Context - Advanced Manufacturing

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2015 Public Policy Colloquium


Washington, D.C.

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February 10, 2015

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February 10, 2015

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February 11, 2015

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William B Bonvillian MIT, Washington Office

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William B. Bonvillian, since January 2006, has been Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington, D.C. Office. At MIT, he works to support the Institute’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies, and its role on national science policy. Prior to that position, he served for seventeen years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policies and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, on Intelligence Reform, on defense and life science R&D, and on national competitiveness and innovation legislation.

He has lectured and given speeches before numerous organizations on science, technology and innovation questions, is on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins, and has taught courses in this area at Georgetown, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, MIT and George Washington. He serves on the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, and has served on the Academies’ Committees on “Learning Science: Computer Games, Simulations and Education,” on “Modernizing the Infrastructure of the NSF
’s Federal Funds (R&D) Survey” and on “Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and the Development off 21st Century Skills.” He also serves on the Board of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and on the Advisory Council of the Mystic Seaport Museum. He was the recipient of the IEEE Distinguished Public Service Award in 2007 and was elected a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 for “socially distinguished” efforts “on behalf of the advancement of science and its applications.”

Prior to his work on the Senate, he was a partner at a large national law firm. Early in his career, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working on major transportation deregulation legislation. He received a B.A. from Columbia University with honors, an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School in religion; and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he also served on the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Hon. Jack Weinstein, a Federal Judge in New York. He has been a member of the Connecticut Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

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The Clean Energy Manufacturing Context -- • Will the U.S. manufacture clean energy technology products? – The market has grown worldwide from • 2004: $54 billion • 2012: $269 billion • Ex., solar, wind on the way to becoming trillion dollar markets • Increase energy produc8vity in U.S. produc8on --> support the efficiency- enabling technology advances – Ex., power electronics

Bonvillian, W. B. (2015, February), The Clean Energy Technology Context - Advanced Manufacturing Paper presented at 2015 Public Policy Colloquium, Washington, D.C.. 10.18260/1-2--25252

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