Technology launched its OpenCourseWare initiative, co-founded the Alliance for Global Sustainability, enhanced the racial, gender, and cultural diversity of its students and faculty, established major new institutes in neuroscience and genomic medicine, and redeveloped much of its campus. Dr. Vest served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology during both the Clinton and Bush administrations, the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, the secretary of education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the secretary of state’s Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy, and the Rice-Chertoff Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and foundations devoted to education, science, and technology. Dr. Vest has received honorary doctoral degrees from 10 universities and was awarded the 2006 National Medal of Technology by President Bush. He earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and an M.S. degree in engineering and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

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