Published 7/30/21 in Baltimore

A recent White House appointment included a familiar leader in Maryland’s research community.

Laurie E. Locascio, who is VP of research for the University of Maryland campuses in College Park and Baltimore, was nominated by President Joe Biden as the under secretary for standards and technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

headshot of Laurie Locascio
Laurie Locascio. (Photo via UMD)

It’s not the first time she will be up for a federal role. Locascio previously served at the Gaithersburg-based National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she led internal scientific research and laboratory programs across two of the agency’s campuses.

At the University of Maryland, she helmed what has been a decade-long effort to bring together researchers from the two campuses. In fiscal year 2019, the combined effort attracted more than $1 billion in research spending, vaulting it up the National Science Foundation rankings to a top-20 spot.