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Kathleen McTigue

Kathleen McTigue currently serves as an economist in the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) Selection Management Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology. As a part of the Selection Management Office, she is involved in all aspects of the program, ranging from the development of Critical National Needs topics for competitions, outreach to potential proposers, to active participation in the selection process. As part of the project management team on certain awarded projects, she serves as the impact specialist to monitor impact and business developments. She is also the in house expert and analyst for foreign company participation in the program, which involves development of knowledge regarding foreign innovation programs. Prior to TIP, Kathy was an economist in the Advanced Technology Program’s (ATP) Economic Assessment Office, where she developed her interest and understanding of policies related to science, technology, and innovation, funding sources for innovation, and state programs supporting innovation.  She served on the Chemical and Materials Source Evaluation Boards as a business specialist (which recommended qualified R&D projects for ATP funding), acted as the business specialist on assigned funded projects, and participated in the evaluation of the impact of funded projects after project completion. As part of the Economic Assessment Office, Kathy also oversaw program evaluation studies and policy research reports for ATP to advance the understanding of technology based innovation.

She is currently serving as a representative for NIST and TIP on the Science of Science Policy Interagency Task Group, which aims to support and develop a science of science policy. This is defined as an emerging interdisciplinary research area that seeks to develop theoretical and empirical models to help government, and society as a whole, make better R&D management decisions.

Prior to her government career, Kathy worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a research policy institute in Washington, D.C., as an editor and research assistant. Kathy completed her Masters work at the School of international Service, American University, Washington, D.C., in international economic policy with a secondary emphasis in international law. She received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with additional majors in English and Economics, at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and also attended the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.


Selection Management Office


M.A. in International Economic Policy from American University

B.A. in International Affairs with additional majors in English and Economics from Trinity College


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