Rick Kempinski oversees seven staff in the programmatic operations, and supervises outreach to and partnerships with federal agencies, congressional offices, and sponsoring societies. Rick orchestrates the selection and placement processes; directs fellow communication and services; conducts quality control on the monitoring and reporting processes; reviews and edits policies, guidelines, and standard operating procedures for program activities; and, implements programmatic enhancements. Rick assists the director with strategic planning, developing and launching new initiatives, formulating program policy, and reviewing proposals.
Rick also helps plan and conduct orientation sessions. He participates in outreach and recruitment efforts, and represents Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) at government meetings, professional conferences, and academic institutions across the country.
He received a bachelor's degree in international business and human resources from American University. Rick joined STPF in 2008, with more than eight years of experience, including four years as senior project manager at the American Society for Engineering Education. There, he directed federally funded fellowship programs including the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program, the Naval Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowships, and the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowships. Rick also has experience in marketing and communications in the private sector.