As a Science Envoy, Hersam will travel to Eastern Europe to stimulate cooperation in the area of emerging technologies.
“It is a great honor to be selected as a U.S. Science Envoy for 2016,” said Hersam, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. “I anticipate opportunities to exchange ideas on how to accelerate the transition of fundamental scientific research to economic prosperity through education, entrepreneurship and commercialization.”
Hersam, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014, is among five eminent scientists to receive the honor this year. The other recipients are:
President Barack Obama launched the Science Envoy program in 2009 to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to science, technology and innovation as tools of diplomacy and economic growth. After traveling abroad, Science Envoys advise the White House, the State Department and the scientific community about potential opportunities for collaboration.