U.S. Government Needs Computer Scientists

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
July 19, 2015

In this month’s Communications of the ACM magazine, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Deputy Director Thomas Kalil and former OSTP Assistant Director for Robotics and Cyber Physical Systems Vijay Kumar urge computer scientists to come work in government as a way of advancing and shaping public policy in computing research and education.

Computer scientists possess the specialized expertise that enables them to provide the input for well-informed policy recommendations and decisions, particularly when the policy issues are complex or highly technical.

“Computer scientists and engineers can have a huge impact on the future of the field and the future of the U.S. By serving in the government, they can design and launch new research initiatives, inform IT-related policy decisions, and serve as a catalyst for public-private partnerships involving government, industry, and academia,” they write.

“Whether you are in industry or in academia, a student or a professional, we urge you to reach out and connect with federal government agencies whose missions are aligned with your interests.”

Thinking of taking a more active role in public policy? Agencies offer a range of opportunities, ranging from short-term appointments to long-term career positions.

Read the full article: The Future of Computer Science and Engineering is in Your Hands