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Jefferson Science Fellow with the US Department of State

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Paul Kintner has been selected to become a Jefferson Science Fellow with the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Paul will take a sabbatical leave from Cornell during the academic year 2009-2010.

Each Fellow spends one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. All JSF assignments will be designed in consultation with regional and/or functional bureaus within the U.S. Department of State/USAID. While in general JSF assignments will involve providing up-to-date expertise in the rapidly advancing STE arenas that routinely impact the policy decisions encountered by the U.S. Department of State/USAID, each Fellow will also be expected to become conversant with the functional operation of the U.S. Department of State/USAID. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career, but will remain available to the U.S. Department of State/USAID for short-term projects over the following five years.

Criteria for selection:

  • Ability to articulate science and technology issues to the non-specialist/general public.
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately understand scientific advancements outside their discipline area and to effectively integrate this knowledge into U.S. Department of State policy discussions.
  • Open-mindedness and receptive attitudes toward public policy discussions at the U.S. Department of State/USAID.
  • Stature, recognition and experience in the national and international scientific or engineering community.

He was appointed to the faculty in 1981. Kintner is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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