From The CEO

Jennifer Buss, PhD

JennBussWe live in a world of possibilities wherein science and technology advancements affect our lives every day. However, no advances occur without creative thinking and ingenuity. The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies advocates and encourages new policies and innovations that will change the way we live, work, and learn.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit policy research institute. We strive to give you a fair and unbiased look at key science and technology policy issues. Through extensive data collection, research, and analysis, the Potomac Institute provides meaningful policy recommendations and ensures their implementation at the intersection of business and government. We are aware though, that implementation is the most difficult part of policy formation. We aim to be both a think and “do” tank, and the utilization of our work is best shown through the institutions we support. Potomac Institute has conducted hundreds of studies and has provided high-level support to the US Congress, White House, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, Intelligence Community, and numerous other organizations.

STEPS: Science, Technology, and Engineering Policy Studies magazine has served as the Potomac Institute’s outlet for showcasing forward-thinking researchers, scientists, technologists, and policy makers. STEPS authors have argued for an Office of Science policy to streamline science and technology/research and development (S&T/R&D) policy making, suggested acquisitions improvements within government, and discussed ways to navigate the potential pitfalls of S&T policy. While STEPS has taken a hiatus, it is important—now more than ever—to hear from those at the top of their fields and to learn what is possible.

With the return of STEPS in 2021, the publication will once again be the Potomac Institute’s principal venue for highlighting the pressing S&T policy challenges facing us today. We trust that our readers will find the diverse collection of articles informative and insightful, and hope that each issue’s contents serves as a useful jumping-off point for public consideration and discourse.

At the Potomac Institute, we pride ourselves on innovative thinking—pushing ourselves and others to see what is possible. Through STEPS, we call on bold thinkers and innovators to author articles that make us think, that push boundaries, and that seek to create change. We are excited to relaunch this effort and look forward to what our future STEPS authors bring to light. We hope that STEPS inspires and initiates change in key science and technology policy issues.

Dr. Jennifer Buss

Chief Executive Officer, Potomac Institute

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