Nomination Evaluation Committee

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee reviews and evaluates all nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Committee members generally are Chief Executive Officers or former Chief Executive Officers; former winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation; presidents or distinguished faculty of universities; or senior executives of non-profit organizations. As such, they not only offer the stature of their positions but also possess intimate knowledge of the forces determining future directions for their organizations and industries. The committee as a whole is balanced in representing geographical, professional, and diverse interests. 

The committee makes its recommendations for medal candidates to the secretary of commerce, who in turn makes recommendations to the president for final selection. Committee members are appointed by the secretary for three-year terms, with eligibility for one reappointment.


  • Dr. Craig R. Barrett
    Retired CEO and Chairman, Intel Corporation
  • Dr. G. Wayne Clough
    Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
  • Dr. James N. Hollenhorst
    Agilent Technologies
  • Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
    President, Rensselaer Polytechnic University
  • Dr. Donald B. Keck
    Retired Director of Research, Corning Corporation
  • Dr. Edward D. Miller
    Retired Dean and CEO, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Ellen Ochoa
    Director, Johnson Space Center
  • Dr. Luis M. Proenza
    President, University of Akron
  • Dr. Paul R. Sanberg
    Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation, University of South Florida
  • Dr. Esther S. Takeuchi
    Chief Scientist, Global Solutions, Brookhaven National Laboratory