Google’s Schmidt Joins Obama’s Tech Team
Google CEO Eric Schmidt is back at work for Obama.
The White House announced on Monday that Schmidt has been appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
The 20-member group consists of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who will help the President and Vice President formulate policy in areas where understanding of science, technology and innovation is key, the White House said in a statement.
Schmidt, who has a Ph.D. in computer science, is among a group of largely academic types specializing in everything from climate change to biology. Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s head of research, is the other prominent tech industry executive in the group.
It’s the second time that Schmidt, who campaigned for Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, has been tapped. In November, he was appointed to a special committee of economic advisors that Obama formed to help with the transition to a new administration.