Robert Duane Shelton has led international technology assessments since 1984, as science policy analyst at NSF, and now as ITRI Director.
His degrees are in electrical engineering from Texas Tech (MCL), MIT (as NSF Fellow), and University of Houston.
Dr. Shelton worked at Texas Instruments, Inc. on electronics R&D, and at NASA in performance analysis of the Apollo space communications system and of TDRSS -- the system currently used for Shuttle communications.
He was a professor at the University of Houston, University of Louisville, Texas Tech University, and now Loyola College. During this time, he has served as principal investigator on 35 grants, has written 58 technical papers and one book, and has chaired 60 M.S. and 3 Ph.D. thesis committees. He has chaired academic departments of applied mathematics, computer science, engineering science and electrical engineering.
During 1995, he was an IEEE Congressional Fellow, serving as legislative assistant on science issues for Rep. Lloyd Doggett.
His current research interest is science policy analysis: international technology assessment, high-technology trade problems with Japan, and national strategies for engineering education.