Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a full committee hearing titled “Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise" on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Witnesses have been asked to testify about ways to improve the roles of the federal government, private sector, and academia in science and technology research and development, STEM education and workforce opportunities, and the application of research and development to commercial uses. The hearing will also inform the efforts of the Commerce Committee’s bipartisan Innovation and Competitiveness Working Group, led by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.). The working group is preparing legislation directing science and technology policy last authorized by the America COMPETES Acts.


  • Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice Chair, National Science Board
  • Dr. Jeannette Wing, Corporate Vice President for Research, Microsoft
  • Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Dr. David Munson, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
Hearing Details:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
10:00 a.m. ET
Full Committee Hearing
Senate Russell Building 253
Witness testimony, opening statements, and a livestream will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Sen. Gary Peters


  • Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier

    Vice Chair
    National Science Board
    Download Testimony (272.80 KB)
  • Dr. Jeannette Wing

    Corporate Vice President for Research
  • Dr. Robert D. Atkinson

    Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
    Download Testimony (105.90 KB)
  • Dr. David Munson

    Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering
    College of Engineering, University of Michigan
    Download Testimony (198.52 KB)