Dr. Vaughan Turekian appointed Senior Director of Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
July 24, 2017
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Vaughan Turekian to be the Senior Director of its Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program in the Policy and Global Affairs Division (PGA), effective today.
Prior to joining the STS program, Dr. Turekian served as the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State at the Department of State since September 2015. Dr. Turekian drew upon his background in atmospheric chemistry and extensive policy experience to promote science, technology, and engineering as integral components of U.S. diplomacy. Previously, he was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Director of AAAS's Center for Science Diplomacy (2006 - 2015). In this capacity, he worked to build bridges between nations based on shared scientific goals, placing special emphasis on regions where traditional political relationships are strained or do not exist. As Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, an online quarterly publication, he published original policy pieces that have served to inform international science policy recommendations. In addition, Dr. Turekian worked at the State Department as a Special Assistant and Advisor to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs (2002 - 2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health. He also served as Program Director for the Committee on Global Change Research at the National Research Council (2000 - 2002), where he was study director for a White House report on climate change science.
Dr. Turekian holds a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics and International Studies from Yale University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where he focused on the transport and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols in marine environments. Dr. Turekian not only brings both technical expertise and over 15 years of policy experience to the position, but also a decorated track-record and steadfast commitment to utilizing our nation's capital in science and technology innovation to advance the long-term sustainability and U.S. diplomacy.