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Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Accepting Applications

February 6th, 2013 / in Uncategorized / by Shar Steed

The_White_HouseThe White House is currently accepting applications for the second round of the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program. The program pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate during six-to-12 month “tours-of-duty” that aim to save lives, save taxpayer money and fuel job creation. Applications will be accepted through March 17, 2013.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) expects to host three of the nine new Presidential Innovation Fellow Projects.


Two of the fellows will work on Cyber-Physical Systems. Cyber-Physical Systems refers to the convergence of networking and information technology with engineered physical systems to create a new generation of systems that integrate distributed networks of sensors, controls, and processors.  These systems, also referred to as “industrial internet”, “internet-of-things”, “machine-to-machine”, and “system-of-systems”,  are on the cusp of unleashing an extraordinary cycle of innovation through smart systems in areas such as manufacturing, transportation, utility infrastructures, and buildings, including home appliances and remote sensors.


NIST’s two Cyber Physical Systems fellows will work with industry and government partners to create critically-needed standards for interoperability, cybersecurity, and real-time data analytics based on integrated system architectures.   The fellows who will help create the technical foundations for CPS will be innovative, visionary experts in (1) networking and information technology for heterogeneous systems, systems integration, interoperability and cyber-security standards, integrated architecture frameworks, and validation and assurance; and/or (2) distributed sensing and control networks, adaptive and predictive systems, wired and wireless systems, semi-autonomous and autonomous systems, and integration of emerging and legacy systems. Successful candidates will be versed in both technical and policy-level issues and have strong communication skills and the ability to interact with leaders at all levels, from senior researchers to corporate CTOs and agency leaders.


One NIST fellow in the MyData Initiatives project will work on the Green Button Initiative, which aims to enable energy customers to download their energy usage data securely in a machine-readable format directly from their utilities. NIST’s fellow will be part of a three-member “Green Button for America” team, the other two members of which will work from the Department of Energy.


The fellow that will work on the NIST Green Button for America PIF will be an innovative expert in technology, business and consumer engagement, dedicated to transforming energy with data – experience working with product and software development, web technologies, and electric and gas utilities is a plus.

For more information on the program, or to apply, visit

Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Accepting Applications

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