(July 30, 2018) The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf as its Director and the appointment of Dr. Stacey Standridge as its Deputy Director. NNCO is a Federal interagency coordinating office that serves as a central point of contact for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and supports the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council.
Dr. Friedersdorf joined NNCO in December 2011 and served as Senior Scientist and Program Manager for the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs). She became NNCO’s Deputy Director in May 2014 and NNCO’s Director in October 2016. Dr. Friedersdorf has been involved in nanotechnology for more than 25 years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is also a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and has over two decades of experience teaching at both the university and high school levels.
Dr. Standridge joined NNCO in June 2011 and has been NNCO’s Acting Chief of Staff since October 2017. In that role, Dr. Standridge has actively engaged with stakeholders in support of focused, high-priority interagency nanotechnology activities (the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives). Dr. Standridge also has played a critical role in creating and sustaining a long-term collaboration with the European Commission and European scientists on the development of shared knowledge and best practices related to research on the safety of nanomaterials. She will also serve as the NNI Coordinator for Global Issues.
“I look forward to continuing what has been a very productive relationship with Dr. Friedersdorf, and I welcome Dr. Standridge as the new NNCO Deputy Director,” said Dr. Lloyd J. Whitman, Principal Assistant Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at the Office of Science and Technology Policy and co-chair of the NSET Subcommittee. “Both of them have extensive knowledge of the NNI and will continue to be great assets to the Office.