Carnegie Mellon University

Robert M. White

Robert M. White

University Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy


  • Carnegie Mellon, 1993 -
Professor White served as Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology during the first Bush Administration. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


  • Ph.D. 1964, Stanford University.
  • B.S. 1960, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


In addition to research in magnetic nanotechnologies, Professor White has long standing interests in Technology Policy. Technology policy deals with the instruments that support the innovation process. This is the process through which basic discoveries are transformed into competitive products. Thus technology policy deals with Federal support for research, the role of the National Labs, research tax credits, protection of intellectual property, export controls, and many other factors.


  1. R. M. White, "Quantam Theory of Magnetism," Springer-Verlag, 2006
  2. R. M. White, "Bohr's Quadrant: Where Will Basic Research Lead?," Chemtech, January 1999, pp. 9-12
  3. R. M. White, "A Message to Congress," Technology Review 100, 5, 1997

Research Industry

Technology policy.