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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a new Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, Dr. Patricia Gruber.  In this role, Dr. Gruber will lead the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser and work to anticipate science and technology trends that impact foreign policy, build STEM capacity within the Department, and connect the Department to domestic and international stakeholders in the scientific and technological communities.

Dr. Gruber’s extensive private sector experience and prior academic and research leadership, make her uniquely qualified for this task.  She served as the Chief Scientific Officer at Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global and was the Vice President and General Manager of Maritime Systems at Battelle.  Dr Gruber also served as the Deputy Director of the Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Gruber’s appointment demonstrates Secretary Blinken’s commitment to ensuring that scientific and technology expertise is infused into the work of the Department at all levels and highlights the importance of robust engagement with the scientific community on issues that are central to our foreign policy.  In this role, Dr. Gruber will build upon the ongoing workstreams within the Department to advance U.S. science and technology diplomacy.

For further information or media inquiries, please communicate with the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary and email

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