Norman — Congressman Tom Cole released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate and appoint Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and assistant to the president for science and technology.

“Kelvin is an excellent choice for the role of director at the Office of Science and Technology at the White House,” Cole said. “His illustrious background will contribute enormously to this role, and to the White House’s key initiatives for science and technology. His work with the National Science Foundation and in meteorology has contributed immensely to the high-caliber research programs at the University of Oklahoma. In addition, he has testified before the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee I chair several times and has offered invaluable advice on a wide array of issues relating to scientific research and the important role the federal government has in funding such efforts. I am thrilled for his nomination, and I look forward to his confirmation in the Senate.”

Droegemeier currently serves as the vice president for research and Regents’ Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and as Oklahoma cabinet secretary of science and technology. He previously served on the National Science Board (four years as vice chairman) under the Bush and Obama administrations.