Carnegie Mellon University
March 13, 2023

Professor Erica Fuchs to join president’s advisory committee

President Biden has announced his intent to nominate Professor Erica Fuchs to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. The committee is an advisory committee established to provide overall policy advice to the United States Trade Representative on matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States. This includes negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before entering into trade agreements, the impact of the implementation of trade agreements, matters concerning the operation of any trade agreement once entered into, and other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States.

Fuchs helps lead the National Technology Strategy moonshot initiative, with the vision to create the intellectual foundations, data, and analytic tools to support the government in designing critical technology, supply chain, and infrastructure strategies that realize win-wins across its multiple objectives (national security, economic prosperity—including jobs, and social welfare—including health, environment, and equity), beyond profitability/growth. She is also the Director of the one-year, $4 million pilot National Network for Critical Technology Assessment, which is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Office, involving academic thought-leaders from 13 Tier I research universities across the country.

Fuchs is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research focuses on the development, commercialization, and global manufacturing of emerging technologies, and national policy in that context. She was the founding faculty director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures Institute — an Institute across six schools aimed to revolutionize the commercialization and local production of advanced manufactured products. She has testified in Congressional hearings in both the House and Senate and had her work covered, among other places, by National Public Radio, Bloomberg, and the New York Times.

Over the past decade, Fuchs has played a growing role in national and international meetings on technology policy, including being one of 23 participants in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology workshop that led to the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and serving on the expert group that supported the White House in the 2016 Innovation Dialogue between the U.S. and China. In 2012 she was selected a World Economic Forum “Young Scientist” (top 40 under 40 globally). She currently serves as co-chair for the National Academies committee on U.S. Science and Innovation Leadership for the 21st Century, on the M.I.T. Corporation’s Visiting Committee for M.I.T.’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, of which M.I.T.’s Technology Policy Program is a part; and on the Advisory Editorial
Board for Research Policy.

The Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations includes up to 45 members recommended by the U.S. Trade Representative who is appointed by the President and have expertise in general trade, investment, and development issues, including representatives of non-federal governments, labor, industry, agriculture, small business, service industries, retailers, nongovernmental environmental and conservation organizations, and consumer interests.