National Science Foundation (NSF)
and Keynote Opportunities"
Arden L. Bement, Jr., became Director of the National
Science Foundation on November 24, 2004. He had been Acting
Director since February 22, 2004.
He joined NSF from the National Institute of Standards
and Technology, where he had been director since Dec.
7, 2001. As head of NIST, he oversaw an agency with an
annual budget of about $773 million and an onsite research
and administrative staff of about 3,000, complemented
by a NIST-sponsored network of 2,000 locally managed manufacturing
and business specialists serving smaller manufacturers
across the United States. Prior to his appointment as
NIST director, Bement served as the David A. Ross Distinguished
Professor of Nuclear Engineering and head of the School
of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. He has held
appointments at Purdue University in the schools of Nuclear
Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical and
Computer Engineering, as well as a courtesy appointment
in the Krannert School of Management. He was director
of the Midwest Superconductivity Consortium and the Consortium
for the Intelligent Management of the Electrical Power
Bement came to the position as NIST director having previously
served as head of that agency's Visiting Committee on
Advanced Technology, the agency's primary private-sector
policy adviser; as head of the advisory committee for
NIST's Advanced Technology Program; and on the Board of
Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Along with his NIST advisory roles, Bement served as
a member of the U.S. National Science Board from 1989
to 1995. The board guides NSF activities and also serves
as a policy advisory body to the President and Congress.
As NSF director, Bement will now serve as an ex officio
member of the NSB.
He also chaired the Commission for Engineering and Technical
Studies and the National Materials Advisory Board of the
National Research Council; was a member of the Space Station
Utilization Advisory Subcommittee and the Commercialization
and Technology Advisory Committee for NASA; and consulted
for the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory
and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.
He currently serves as a member of the U.S. National
Commission for UNESCO and serves as the vice-chair of
the Commission’s Natural Sciences and Engineering
Bement joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-year
career in industry, government, and academia. These positions
included: vice president of technical resources and of
science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-1992); deputy
under secretary of defense for research and engineering
(1979-1980); director, Office of Materials Science, DARPA
(1976-1979); professor of nuclear materials, MIT (1970-1976);
manager, Fuels and Materials Department and the Metallurgy
Research Department, Battelle Northwest Laboratories (1965-1970);
and senior research associate, General Electric Co. (1954-1965).
He has been a director of Keithley Instruments Inc. and
the Lord Corp. and was a member of the Science and Technology
Advisory Committee for the Howmet Corp. (a division of
Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the
Colorado School of Mines, a master's degree in metallurgical
engineering from the University of Idaho, a doctorate
degree in metallurgical engineering from the University
of Michigan, an honorary doctorate degree in engineering
from Cleveland State University, an honorary doctorate
degree in science from Case Western Reserve University,
and an honorary doctorate degree in engineering from the
Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the U.S. National
Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences.