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Dr. Celia Merzbacher

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Dr. Celia Merzbacher has served in leadership positions in science and technology policy, planning and program management.  Dr. Merzbacher was Director of Strategic and Institutional Planning and ARPA-E Program Manager at ORNL where she oversaw the Laboratory Directors Research and Development program and lab-level strategic planning.  Previously, she was VP for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), where she led the formation of a new government-industry initiative in hardware cybersecurity.  Prior to joining SRC, Dr. Merzbacher was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she oversaw the National Nanotechnology Initiative, and Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  Dr. Merzbacher started her career as a materials researcher at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. where she published more than 50 papers in the scientific literature and received six patents for her work in optical materials.   

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