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Two Indian American professors Ronnie Chatterji and Arti K Rai at Duke University have been appointed to senior roles in President Joe Biden’s administration. It is perhaps for the first time in the history of America that more than 50 Indian-Americans are serving on the top positions under Biden’s rule.
Professor Ronnie Chatterji, who is also an economist will serve as chief economist of the United States Department of Commerce, acting as the principal economic adviser to the Secretary of Commerce.
He had previously worked in President Obama’s administration as a senior economist in the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Now, he will work on policies related to competitiveness, innovation, trade and economic growth.
While Professor Arti K. Rai, has been appointed to serve as a senior advisor in the Office of General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Rai will be advising on a range of issues involving innovation and technological competitiveness.
The Department of Commerce comprises various bureaus, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, and the International Trade Administration.