Shaheen & National Science Foundation Director Tour NSF Funded Projects at Dartmouth College

October 14, 2022

** Shaheen and NSF Director Panchanathan visited Mikros Technologies in Claremont in the afternoon to highlight the impact of the historic CHIPS Act for NH businesses**

(Hanover, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited Dartmouth College today to view demonstrations of U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects on campus with NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. In the afternoon, Senator Shaheen and Director Panchanathan visited Mikros Technologies in Claremont to highlight the impact of the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act of 2022 for New Hampshire businesses.

“It was wonderful to have Director Panchanathan in New Hampshire to see the groundbreaking work that NSF supports at Dartmouth, and similarly at other New Hampshire institutions. From underwater robotic construction to exploring the intersection between memory and perception, the research and development conducted by students and faculty at Dartmouth reaffirms why supporting this innovation through the NSF is so critical,” said Senator Shaheen. “It was also exciting to have Director Panchanathan in Claremont to tour Mikros Technologies and meet with staff to learn about their manufacturing capabilities and how they’ll be impacted by the historic CHIPS Act. It’s important for administration officials to see how federal funding and policies impact our communities directly, so I appreciate Director Panchanathan spending his day in New Hampshire to see these investments in action.”

“It has been an honor to be here today in New Hampshire with Chair Shaheen. I am so impressed with the STEM talent and innovations I have seen today, many of which were made possible by NSF investments. I am grateful to the Senator for all of her continued support for NSF and keeping our nation in the vanguard of innovation,” said NSF Director Panchanathan.

 

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Senator Shaheen and National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan at Dartmouth earlier today.

As chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the NSF, Shaheen consistently secures robust funding for the agency, which supports science, engineering and mathematics research projects at New Hampshire institutions, including the projects she observed today. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 government funding legislation, the NSF awarded a total of $33.27M to New Hampshire, with a portion of this funding allocated to research projects at Dartmouth College.

 

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Senator Shaheen and National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan at Mikros Technologies this afternoon.

In the afternoon, Senator Shaheen and Director Panchanathan visited Mikros Technologies in Claremont to highlight the passage of the CHIPS Act. The Senator and Director met with Mikros’ leadership team, where they discussed the impact of CHIPS on the company’s operations and projects. They also toured Mikros’ Research and Development building. Through her leadership as chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Senator Shaheen is a strong advocate for STEM education and scientific research funding priorities. In the CHIPS Act, Shaheen secured inclusion of language based on her bipartisan Supporting STEM Learning Opportunities Act to allow funds to support research and development of innovative STEM educational programming.