WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 1 - Spring 1996

The Faculty

Exciting year for WPI's White House fellow

Peter L. Levin, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been a White House Fellow in Washington, D.C., since September 1995.

Levin currently serves as special assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget, where his primary areas of activity are the White House home page and the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), an initiative promulgated by Vice President Al Gore.

"I work in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), which is headquartered in the old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House," says Levin.

"Colin Powell is a former White House fellow who devotes an entire chapter of his autobiography to his experience that year. That chapter is especially pertinent to me, because I have the same job he had during his fellowship year."

Levin says his work on Internet access into and within the EOP, as well as his work on environmentally sound technologies "play into his strengths and interests." His research and teaching interests have focused on the computation of electromagnetic field s; he established the Institute's Computational Fields Laboratory shortly after joining the faculty in 1988.

"Happily, many senior administration officials share my conviction that information technologies and urgent environmental concerns are intimately related because education and access to information are critical in raising the level of public awareness, fa cilitating debate, and discovering solutions."

Highlights of Levin's fellowship year have included opportunities to meet with President Clinton and with individuals in the top tier of education, industry and public policy, including Rockefeller Foundation President Peter Goldmark, Health and Human Ser vices Secretary Donna Shalala, and Mac McLarty, Clinton's special counsel. In April, he spent three weeks on a diplomatic mission to Viet Nam, Cambodia, Singapore and Hong Kong, where he and the 13 other White House Fellows met with business and governmen t officials who are preparing for the explosive economic growth in that region. The story of his appointment as a White House Fellow appeared in the Fall 1995 issue of the WPI Wire.

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