Philip Lippel is a Policy Analyst at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, VA. The NNCO staff works to harmonize the activities of 26 Federal agencies now participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative, and to keep Congress, the public, and other interested parties up to date on "nano" research and development. Dr. Lippel also serves as Executive Secretary for the NSET Subcommittee’s Working Group on Global Issues in Nanotechnology, and is active in the Working Group on Nanomanufacturing, Innovation, and Liaison with Industry. He came to the NNCO following a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, where he worked on a variety of science communication and policy issues—including nanotechnology and science education—in NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.
Previously, Dr. Lippel built scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs) and used them for nanotechnology research (at the IBM Almaden Research Center and as a faculty member in the Physics Department of the University of Texas at Arlington); founded and served as President of L Cubed Consulting, which developed educational uses of STMs with support from NSF's Small Business Innovation Research Program; and was a Member of Technical Staff at Agilent Technologies, where he designed network test equipment and was active with telecommunications standards groups. He received an A.B. in Physics and in Theatre from Williams College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Brandeis University.
Nanoscale phenomena, Data visualization, Health and medicine, Environment, Information technology, Energy, Societal implications, Economics, Equity, Careers in nano, Envisioning the future