Dr. Heather Evans is a senior program analyst in the Program Coordination Office in the Director’s Office at NIST. She covers policy and strategy issues in many areas including nanotechnology, bioscience, advanced manufacturing, data policy, and open innovation. As the NIST lead for prize competitions, she is putting in place institute-wide best practices and policies after managing NIST’s first-ever prize competition to spur the development of mobile apps using NIST data. As part of the Department of Commerce Executive Leadership Development Program, Heather spent spring 2013 on a detail assignment in the NASA Administrator’s Office of Strategy Formulation, contributing to priority-setting processes and governance documents for NASA. Prior to working at NIST, Heather held a position at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) managing the development of the 2011 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan and coordinating interagency global policy issues in emerging technologies. During a 2008-2010 AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship, she led program planning efforts and workshops in areas such as nanotechnology-enabled sensors and safety of nanomaterials for OSTP and the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. Heather was a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Gottingen, Germany, and earned her doctorate in materials science from the University of California Santa Barbara. She graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Selected as Mentor, GSA Challenge and Prize Mentorship Program (2015)
Selected for Department of Commerce Executive Leadership Development Program (2013)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2008)
Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2006)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (1998)