Benjamin H. Wu, J.D.
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology
U.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Ben Wu was sworn in as Deputy
Under Secretary for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce
on November 6, 2001. In this capacity, he supervises policy
development, direction, and management at the Technology
Administration (TA), a bureau of over 4,000 employees that
includes the Office of Technology Policy (OTP), the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National
Technical Information Service (NTIS).
TA serves as the principal resource to
support Commerce Secretary Don Evans in developing policies to
maximize science and technology's contribution to America's
economic growth. Some of Mr. Wu’s priorities have included
supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, strengthening U.S.
technology cooperation with other countries, enhancing research
and development in our nation’s federal laboratory systems, and
creating greater collaboration between government, industry, and
universities. Mr. Wu also participates in activities with the
National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), a Cabinet-level
council established by the President to coordinate science,
space, and technology policy within the Federal research and
development enterprise, and is the Executive Secretary for the
NSTC Committee on Technology.
Prior to joining Commerce, Mr. Wu held
senior staff positions in the U.S. Congress where he led on
issues affecting United States technology and competitiveness
policy. He worked in Congress from 1988, having served as Counsel
to Congresswoman Constance A. Morella of Maryland and on the
Science Committee, first serving on the Investigations and
Oversight Subcommittee staff in 1993 and then on the Technology
Subcommittee from 1995 until his current appointment.
Mr. Wu has extensive experience
focusing on information technology, biomedical technology, and
technology transfer policy. He was the primary congressional
staff on legislation affecting federal intellectual property and
federal technology transfer. Additionally, Mr. Wu has worked on
Technology Administration issues since TA's inception in 1989,
with particular emphasis on NIST. He was also the most senior
member and the lead Committee staff of the House Y2K Task Force
that directed congressional efforts to correct the Year 2000
Mr. Wu received a Bachelor of Arts
from New York University in 1985 and a Juris Doctor from the
University of Pittsburgh in 1988.