This week with NSF Director Panchanathan
Throughout the week, NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan has been championing NSF's commitment to building strong partnerships across government, industry and academia to create robust innovation ecosystems across the country.
The director made a trip to New York, joining Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to see how the "CHIPS and Science Act" is unleashing a new era in STEM opportunities across the state and nation. At a press conference and two roundtables, Director Panchanathan, Sen. Schumer, Micron executives, university and community college representatives and workforce leaders continued to explore ways to make STEM education and workforce development more accessible and comprehensive to support the students of today and innovators of tomorrow. Read more about the trip.
Later in the week, Director Panchanathan delivered a keynote address at the 2023 American Council on Education Annual Meeting — followed by a Q&A with ACE's Senior Vice President Derrick Anderson — discussing the NSF programs, initiatives and investments that open new doors to STEM opportunities, enhance educational opportunities, build capacity and increase student uptake and career sustainability.
"Every single one of our staff are doing incredible and vital work that advances the frontiers of the scientific enterprise of this nation. Our people are our most valuable asset, and we cannot accomplish our mission without them."
Another highlight for the director included a breakfast hosted by Partnership for Public Service, where he celebrated, along with other representatives from NSF, NSF earning a top spot for the 2022 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® awards. For the second year in a row, NSF ranked No. 2 among mid-sized agencies. As Director Panchanathan had previously remarked: "Every single one of our staff are doing incredible and vital work that advances the frontiers of the scientific enterprise of this nation. Our people are our most valuable asset, and we cannot accomplish our mission without them."