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David M. Hart


Dr. David M. Hart is a professor of public policy and director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), where he leads the clean energy innovation policy program. Recent ITIF reports include Mind the Gap: A Design for a New Energy Technology Commercialization Foundation and More and Better: Building and Managing a Federal Energy Demonstration Project Portfolio, both of which were published in May 2020. He is the coauthor (with Richard K. Lester) of Unlocking Energy Innovation (MIT Press, 2012). In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Hart served as assistant director for innovation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he focused on advanced manufacturing issues. Hart served as senior associate dean of the George Mason School of Public Policy during the 2014 and 2015 academic years. He currently co-chairs the Innovation Policy Forum at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. His other books include The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and Forged Consensus: Science, Technology, and Economic Policy in the U.S., 1929–1953 (Princeton University Press, 1998). He earned his Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1995.

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September 15, 2020 Reports Climate Change

Energizing America

Clean energy innovation is central to the fight against climate change. The dramatic success in lowering the costs of solar panels and wind turbines in the past decade must be replicated across a wide range of other energy technologies.