HP tech officer named to presidential council
Shane Wall, Hewlett Packard's chief technology officer, was appointed Tuesday, Oct. 22, to President Trump's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Wall is based at HP's Vancouver, Washington, facility. He also is director of HP Labs. Wall lives in Oregon.
President Trump appointed Wall and six other people to the council. The president signed an Oct. 22 executive order re-establishing the new council of advisers to offer ideas and recommendations on "matters involving science, technology, education, and innovation policy," according to the executive order. "The council shall also provide the President with scientific and technical information that is needed to inform public policy relating to the American economy, the American worker, national and homeland security, and other topics."
Nearly every president since Franklin Roosevelt has had a version of the science and technology council. President Richard Nixon dropped the council. President Ronald Reagan started the council again in the 1980s. In the 1990s, President George H.W. Bush set up the council to directly advise the president on technology issues.
It was disbanded at the end of President Obama's administration. Tuesday's appointments were the first time the Trump administration filled council posts.
Also appointed to the council were Catherine P. Bessant of North Carolina, Bank of America's chief technology officer; Dario Gil of New York, IBM's director of research; Sharon Hrynkow of Virginia, CTD Holding's chief science officer; Herbert Fisk Johnson III of Wisconsin, is chairman of S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.; Attiganal Sreeram of Michigan, head of Dow Inc.'s research and development; and K. Birgitta Whaley of California, director of U.C. Berkley's Quantum Information and Computation Center. The council is expected to have at least 16 members.
During his more than 10 years with HP, Wall has been responsible for guiding the company's technology strategy, helping foster new businesses and promoting innovation. He spent 14 years with Intel Corp. in Hillsboro working on the company's product strategy and mobile platform groups. He also was general manager of Intel's channel products and corporate technology groups.
Wall graduated from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and earned a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Oregon State University.
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