United States Science Envoy Dr. Alice Gast Visits Azerbaijan

United States Science Envoy Dr. Alice Gast Visits Azerbaijan
# 08 March 2011 18:41 (UTC +04:00)
Dr. Gast will identify areas for cooperation between the United States and Azerbaijani partners in the fields of energy, information technology, public-private partnerships, and education. She will meet with senior government officials, ministers, as well as leaders from the scientific, education, nonprofit, and business communities. Dr. Gast will officiate at the opening U.S. government funded wireless internet service at two Baku State University libraries. Dr. Gast will also meet with women scientists to discuss opportunities and challenges for women in science. Her arrival in Azerbaijan on International Women’s Day underscores the importance of women’s contributions to science.

Dr. Gast is a prominent chemical engineer and President of Lehigh University. Since taking office in 2006, Dr. Gast has led the University to become a premier research university. Dr. Gast previously served as the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also held the Robert T. Haslam Chair in Chemical Engineering. She has conducted studies on surface and interfacial phenomena, particularly the behavior of complex fluids.

The U.S. Science Envoy Program is a core element of the Administration’s commitment to global engagement in science and technology. President Obama announced the program in Cairo in June 2009. The Science Envoys travel in their capacity as private citizens and advise the White House, the Department of State, and the U.S. scientific community about the knowledge and insights they gain from their travels and interactions.
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