THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON TO NOMINATE DHARMENDRA K. SHARMA AS ADMINISTRATOR OF
THE RESEARCH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Dharmendra K. "Dave" Sharma as the Administrator of the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), a multimodal agency responsible for advancing transportation of hazardous materials by all modes including pipelines.
"Dr. Sharma's broad experience in the areas of science and technology will be a great asset to the Administration," the President said, adding "I look forward to his appointment."
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Sharma worked for the past year for the Washington Office of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a major R&D organization for the nation's electric power industry, where he served as Manager, Technology Liaison, Integrated Energy Systems Division. His responsibilities included acting as technical liaison with Congress, the Administration and industry, on issues of interest to U.S. utility companies.
Dr. Sharma has over 30 years of professional experience in energy, science and technology. From 1991-1992, he served as Science Advisor to Senator Wendell Ford (D-KY), where he worked on public policy issues related to energy, science and technology and was involved in formulating the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and holds a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electric Power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He also received a Bachelor of Technology with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. -30-