The Baker report urged that if the council is to have an impact, the White House should give special attention to the diversity of the council’s makeup (in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, experience, and areas of expertise), and be adequately funded. The president has announced the first seven of the 16 members of the council, with the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Kelvin Droegemeier, serving as the chair of the PCAST. While six of the seven appointees in this first group come from corporate settings, OSTP has indicated that the next group of appointees will include more academic researchers. Current appointees are listed below.
Catherine Bessant is chief operations and technology officer, Bank of America, Charlotte
Dr. Dario Gil is director of IBM Research, New York
Dr. Sharon Hrynkow is chief scientific officer at CTD Holdings, Gainesville
Dr. H. Fisk Johnson is chairman and CEO of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine, WI
Dr. Attiganal N. Sreeram is senior VP R&D/TO of Dow, Inc., Midland, MI
Shane Wall is the chief technology officer for HP and the Director of HP Labs, Vancouver, WA
Dr. K. Birgitta Whaley is a professor of chemistry and director of the Berkeley Quantum Information and Computation Center at Berkeley University, Berkeley, CA