Schmidt, Mundie Join Obama Tech Board
The group, announced Monday, is the president's scientific advisory body. Its 20 members include executives and academics with a range of business, health care and scientific expertise.
Obama pledged to invigorate innovation by committing 3% of the U.S. gross domestic product to scientific research, development, and education. He made the promise during a speech to the member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Mark Simon, VP industry relations at Didit, applauded the appointments, adding that Schmidt has become a proven thought leader to address challenges in technology and provide solutions for managing information.
Google and Schmidt already have close ties with the Obama administration. He advised the campaign and is a member of the Transition Economic Advisory Board. Earlier this year, Google product manager Katie Jacobs Stanton joined the Obama administration as "director of citizen participation."--Laurie Sullivan