Felten's new federal appointment is now in effect. He will assume duties full-time June 1, taking a leave of absence from Princeton until Dec. 31, 2016. He plans to return to the University in spring 2017.
"Ed Felten is a leader in the field of technology policy, and we are delighted that he will again be providing his expertise in the nation's service," said Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Wilson School. "At this juncture in history, it is critically important to have leaders who understand both technology and policy."
Congress established OSTP in 1976 with a mandate to advise the president and his staff on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. In his new role, Felten will work under U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith to advise the president and his staff on policy issues.
"The tremendous insight that Ed has brought to his research and teaching over the decades will serve the nation very well," said H. Vincent Poor, dean of Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science. "As technological advances and policy decisions become increasingly intertwined, Ed exemplifies how someone with deep technical expertise can engage in the policy arena for the benefit of society."
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