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.

Members

  • Dr. Carol Dahl
    Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation
  • Dr. Paul Horn
    Senior Vice Provost, New York University
  • Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
    President, Rensselaer Polytechnic University
  • Dr. Cato Laurencin
    University Professor, University of Connecticut 
  • Dr. Douglas Lowy
    Acting Director, National Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Cherry Murray
    Professor, Harvard University
  • Dr. Ellen Ochoa
    Director, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Dr. Luis M. Proenza
    President Emeritus, University of Akron
  • Dr. Paul R. Sanberg
    Senior Vice President, University of South Florida
  • Mr. Steven Sasson
    Inventor, Retired, Eastman Kodak Company
  • Dr. Esther S. Takeuchi
    Chief Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Dr. Telle Whitney
    CEO and President, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology