Biography: Celia Merzbacher

Celia Merzbacher

Celia is Vice President for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). She is responsible for developing new initiatives and partnerships with stakeholders in government and the private sector in support of SRC’s research and education goals. She has led the establishment of T3S—SRC’s newest research program, which focuses on Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems.

Prior to joining SRC, Dr. Merzbacher was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she oversaw the National Nanotechnology Initiative and advised on a range of issues, including technology transfer, technical standards, and intellectual property. She also served as Executive Director of PCAST, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Before her assignment at OSTP, she was a materials scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC.

Dr. Merzbacher received her BS in geology from Brown University and MS and Ph.D in geochemistry and mineralogy from The Pennsylvania State University. She holds six patents; she currently serves on the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Research Council and previously was on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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