Ever wonder what happens to those bright-eyed science and engineering undergraduates who come to Washington each summer as interns to learn how policy is really made? Well, for at least one recent intern, a summer in Washington led to a high-profile job with the Bush transition team. Bradley Mitchell, 26, who was sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1984, has become the presidential transition team officer to NSF, NASA, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. His job as transition officer is to funnel detailed information on the budgets and programs of the three agencies to senior members of the incoming administration to help shape future policies toward science.

The first round of NSF's effort to foster commercial applications of university-based basic research ended last month with the selection of 11 universities as science and technology centers. But the program, which NSF hopes to extend with a...

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