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Jay WalkerOn May 29-30, 2014, the STEP Board convened for its 62nd biannual meeting. The STEP Board welcomed new member, Jay Walker, Chairman of Patent Properties, Inc. and TEDMED. Jay Walker is also a member of the National Academies' President's Circle. During the meeting, the Board reviewed the extensive work ongoing at STEP with presentations on the five studies currently in progress. The Board also discussed STEP’s strategic new directions as it transitions to a new director.

Chad HollidayThe Committee on Determinants of Market Adoption of Advanced Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technologies is chaired by Chad Holliday (right), Chairman of Bank of America and former CEO of DuPont. The committee met on June 16-17, 2014 to review the first draft of the report. The report will be sent to the review committee by late summer.

The Committee for the International Comparative Study of High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global Competition for Talent, chaired by Jennifer Hunt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the US Treasury, will host a conference in Washington, DC this September. The conference will feature experts on skilled migration policy in Canada, Germany, Israel, Australia and the United States, among others. Details to come.


flex electronics for security, manufacturing & growth in USFlexible Electronics for Security, Manufacturing, and Growth in the United States: Summary of a Symposium (2013)
Flexible electronics refers to technologies that enable flexibility in the manufacturing process as well as flexibility as a characteristic of the final product. Features such as unconventional forms and ease of manufacturability provide important advantages for flexible electronics over conventional electronics built on rigid substrates. This report is the summary of a workshop that reviewed the challenges, plans, and opportunities for growing a robust flexible electronics industry in the United States. Business leaders, academic experts, and senior government officials met to examine the role of research consortia around the world to advance flexible electronics technology. Presenters and participants sought to understand their structure, focus, funding, and likely impact, and to determine what appropriate steps the United States might consider to develop a robust flexible electronics industry. 



Determinants of Market Adoption of Advanced Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technologies
How can federal policies can accelerate the market adoption of advanced energy efficiency and low- or non-polluting energy technologies?

The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs
How can jobs, workers, and education and training programs in the U.S. be better aligned to support the middle-skill workforce?

Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics
What steps might the U.S. consider to develop a competitive flexible electronics industry?

Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation
Research Program - Phase II

In this second phase of the review of the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), an ad hoc committee will measure the program's progress against its legislative goals.

An International Comparative Study of High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global  Competition for Talent
What are the effects of policy changes on entry and retention of foreign workers, domestic markets and educational patterns?

Innovation Policy Forum
What is the impact of U.S. and foreign innovation programs?