Arden L. Bement, Jr.
Arden L. Bement, Jr., became Director of the National Science Foundation on November 24, 2004, having served as Acting Director since February 22, 2004.
He joined NSF from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he had been director since December. 7, 2001. As head of NIST, he oversaw an agency with an annual budget of about $773 million and an onsite research and administrative staff of about 3,000, complemented by a NIST-sponsored network of 2,000 locally managed manufacturing and business specialists serving smaller manufacturers across the United States. Prior to his appointment as NIST director, Bement held numerous appointments at Purdue University in the schools of Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a courtesy appointment in the Krannert School of Management. He was director of the Midwest Superconductivity Consortium and the Consortium for the Intelligent Management of the Electrical Power Grid.
Dr. Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, masters and doctoral degrees in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho and the University of Michigan, respectively. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.