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From Ithaca to Washington: Dipayan Ghosh (Ph.D. ’13) at the White House

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D. ’13 brings research expertise to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President at the White House.

Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D. ’13 ECE is technology policy advisor at the White House across the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Economic Council (NEC), a role he began after his graduate work at Cornell. OSTP and NEC provide policy guidance to the President, ensure that the Administration’s policy is aligned with the President’s objectives, and manage ongoing federal policies. Over his tenure at the White House, Dipayan has worked with a cross-functional team to advance the policy-making process for technology issues.

Dipayan's prior work at Cornell focused on the technical assurance of privacy in cyber-physical systems and the behavioral economics behind consumer and industry privacy adoption decisions. He notes, “privacy economics is appreciated as relevant among policymakers in Washington.” According to Dipayan, while engineers can design technical solutions for privacy, it is usually difficulty to adopt private or "privacy-aware" technologies in practice due to the competing objectives of various stakeholders. For instance, although consumers of cellular technology may wish to make phone calls and send text messages in a private manner, the cellular service provider and federal government may wish to retain consumer records for various purposes. In his research, he found that it is possible to adopt privacy-preserving technical solutions once a set of economic conditions is satisfied. His work resulted in a series of policy recommendations and economic findings on the assurance of privacy in technology.

But while gaining policy experience has been eye-opening, Dipayan feels the exposure to his mentors and colleagues has been most invaluable. “My colleagues here are incredible. I began at the National Economic Council with a brilliant young policymaker as my manager, an individual with a tireless mind and a staggering ability to develop and institutionalize policy solutions that protect the interests of innovators and consumers throughout America. He is one example of many people here who I believe are among the smartest in the nation.”

At Cornell, Dipayan was a member of Professor Stephen Wicker’s Wireless Intelligent Systems Lab. He has received a number of awards including the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) from the Department of Defense and the Irwin M. Jacobs Fellowship. While in graduate school, he was an associate with Thomson Reuters in New York and, prior, with IBM in Armonk. In 2012, he studied with Professors Shankar Sastry and Deirdre Mulligan at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dipayan, who concurrent to his role at the White House is a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University in 2013 and his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Connecticut in 2010.

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