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The 3rd Washington S&T Forum

The 3rd Washington S&T Forum organized by KUSCO:

Innovation in Science & Technology:
A Global “Korean” Perspective


Kathie L. Olsen, Ph.D.

The Founder and Managing Director,
ScienceWorks, LLC

Friday, July 20, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

KUSCO Conference Room, 3rd Floor
1952 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182
Refreshment will be served.


Today, the global economy is tightly linked to science, mathematics and engineering and research is one of the most powerful forces driving innovation and productivity.  National investment in science and technology (S&T) research can be a major economic driver when nations invest wisely in strategic research directions and provide policy and regulatory frameworks conducive to technology transfer and commercialization.  These investments in Research and Development (R&D) improve the nation’s ability to discover and innovate well into the future while enabling the immediate development of critical and enabling tools and technologies and contributing to the training and education of the national S&T workforce.  Such investments strengthen the economy, contribute to national security, improve our health and well being, promote the public good and help create a science and technology literate populace prepared for the global economy.  This talk will briefly explore the philosophy and drivers behind science and technology policy and will provide examples from the U.S. experience of priority setting for national research budgets across the federal research agencies, of the importance of interdisciplinary research and the role of our universities as regional economic engines.  A focus of the talk will be placed on globalization of science and engineering especially with respect to the Korean Science and Technology enterprise. 

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Short Bio of Kathie L. Olsen, Ph.D.

Kathie L. Olsen, Ph.D
  • The Founder and Managing Director, ScienceWorks, LLC
  • Former, Deputy Director,
    National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Former, Associate Director for Sience,
    Office of Science & Technology Policy(OSTP)


K. L. Olsen, Ph.D. is the founder and managing director of ScienceWorks, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations succeed in science and engineering research and also an Affiliate Professor of Neuroscience at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University. Recognizing the worldwide importance of these fields, ScienceWorks is dedicated to the use of science and technology research as the foundation for innovation, quality of life, and economic vitality.

Before founding ScienceWorks, Dr. Olsen served over 20 years in the federal government in a variety scientific leadership positions, including the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Associate Director and Deputy Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President; and Chief Scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Acting Associate Administrator for NASA's Biological and Physical Research Enterprise. She also was the Vice President, International Programs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a non-profit organization.

Dr. Olsen earned a B.S. in Biology and Psychology with honors from Chatham College and Ph.D. in Biology (Neuroscience) from the University of California, Irvine. Her Postdoctoral Fellowship was in the Department of Neuroscience at Children's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. At various times in her early professional career, Dr. Olsen also served as a Research Scientist at the State University of New York ?Stony Brook's Long Island Research Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Medical School, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the George Washington University. Her research on neural and genetic mechanism underlying development and expression of behavior was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Olsen holds numerous awards from foreign entities, including the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit; government agencies, institutions, and scientific societies. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Women in Science, and an elected member of the Explorers Club and Cosmos Club. She has been awarded four honorary doctoral degrees.




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