Rick Kempinski, Associate Director, was named Interim Director of the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships as of January 1, 2017. As director, he administers programs and activities for more than 250 fellows in the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government. With a team of about 20 staff and an annual budget of more than $16 million, he manages program development and evaluation; professional education activities and stakeholder relations.
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.
Rick received a bachelor's degree in international business and human resources from American University. He 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.