shared policy interest with foreign governments, universities, and research institutes. In this capacity, he serves as an advisor to the 30-nation OECD Committee on Science and Technology Policy and as a member of the Norwegian Technology Forum.
Dr. Wessner’s work focuses on the linkages between science-based economic growth, new technology development, university-industry clusters, regional development, small-firm finance and public-private partnerships. His program at the Academies also addresses policy issues associated with international technology cooperation, investment and trade in high-technology industries. Dr. Wessner’s portfolio at the National Academies has included a White House-initiated study on U.S. aerospace competitiveness and a major cooperative review, with Hamburg’s HWWA, of international competition and cooperation in high-technology industry. Currently, he directs a series of studies centered on government measures to support the development of new technologies and the policies that may be required to continue the productivity gains characteristic of the New Economy. Since joining the National Research Council, Dr. Wessner has directed several major studies, generating more than 15 reports.