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William B. Bonvillian
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Philip H. Lippel
Assistant Director
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Kate Stoll
Senior Policy Advisor
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Helen Haislmaier
Program Coordinator
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Lisa Miller
Office Representative
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William B. Bonvillian


William B. Bonvillian has been Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington, D.C. Office since January 2006, reporting to MIT’s President. At MIT, he works to support the Institute's strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies, and its role on national science policy.  He has assisted with major MIT technology policy initiatives, on energy technology, the “convergence” of life, engineering and physical sciences, advanced manufacturing and most recently online higher education. Prior to MIT, he served for seventeen years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policy and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, on Intelligence reform, on climate change, on defense and life science R&D, and on national competitiveness and innovation legislation leading to the America Competes Act in 2007.

He is on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins SAIS, and has taught courses in science and technology policy at Georgetown, Hopkins, MIT, and George Washington University. He has lectured and given speeches before numerous organizations on science, technology and innovation questions, including the 2012 annual Alan Bromley Memorial Lecture at the University of Ottawa, and invited lectures and talks at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, American University in Cairo, Carleton College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Southern Illinois University. He is on the National Academies of Science standing committee for its Policy Innovation Forum and served for seven years on the Board on Science Education of the Academies, and on four other Academy committees. He also is on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, the American Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on the Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI), the Board of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the Governor of Connecticut’s Transportation Finance Panel, and on the Advisory Council of the Mystic Seaport Museum. He was the recipient of the IEEE Distinguished Public Service Award in 2007 and was elected a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 for “socially distinguished” efforts “on behalf of the advancement of science and its applications.”

His new book, with Distinguished Prof. Charles Weiss of Georgetown, entitled Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors, concerns the challenge of innovating in legacy economic sectors, was published in the fall of 2015 by Oxford University Press and is summarized here. His book, (with Prof. Weiss), Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution, was published by MIT Press in 2009 and is summarized here.

His book chapters include: “The Problem of Political Design in Federal Innovation Organization” appeared in the Stanford Univ. Press book The Science of Science Policy (spring 2011); “The Connected Science Model for Innovation” appeared in the National Academy book 21st Century Innovation Systems for the U.S. and Japan (May 2009) and “The Once and Future DARPA” appeared in the book Blindside (Brookings Press, Francis Fukuyama, ed., 2007).

His articles in recent years include: in Science: “Advanced Manufacturing Policies and Paradigms for Innovation”, (December 6, 2013); “Two Revolutions in Learning” (with S. Singer), (March 22, 2013); in Science and Public Policy: “New Model Innovation Agencies – An Overview” in (July 2014), v.41 n.4, 425-437; in the Journal of Technology Transfer: “ARPA-E and DARPA: Applying the DARPA model to energy innovation” (with R.VanAtta), (Oct. 2011); in Nature: “A New Strategy for Energy Innovation” (with J. Alic, D. Sarewitz, and C. Weiss), (July 15, 2010); in Environment: “Stimulating a Revolution in Sustainable Energy Technology”, (with C. Weiss, July/Aug. 2009); in Innovations: “Reinventing American Manufacturing: the Role of Innovation”, (Special Manufacturing Issue Summer 2012), “Complex, Established ‘Legacy’ Sectors: The Technology Revolutions that do Not Happen”, (with C. Weiss, Spring 2011); “Taking Covered Wagons East: A New Innovation Theory for Energy and Other Established Sectors”, (with C. Weiss, special energy issue Fall 2009);  inTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management: “Legacy sectors: barriers to global innovation in agriculture and energy” (with C. Weiss), v. 25, no. 10 (Nov. 2013). 1189-1208; in American Interest: “All that DARPA Can Be”, American Interest (Sept./Oct. 2015); “The Innovation State”, (July/Aug. 2009); “Power Play – The DARPA Model and U.S. Energy Policy”, (Nov./Dec. 2006) (reprinted in the book Blindside – above); inIssues in Science and Technology: “Forum: DOD’s Role in Energy Innovation”, (Winter 2015) 10-14; “The Online Challenge to Higher Education”, (with S. Singer, Summer 2013); “Time for Climate Plan B”, (Winter 2011);“Stimulating Innovation in Energy Technology”,(with C. Weiss, Fall 2009); “The Politics of Jobs”, (Summer 2007); “Meeting the New Challenge to U.S. Economic Competitiveness”, (2004); “Organizing Science and Technology for Homeland Security”, (with K.V. Sharp, 2002); in Bridges: “Will the Search for New Energy Technologies Require a New R&D Mission Agency?” (2007); In Technology in Society: “Science at a Crossroads" (2002), and reprinted in the FASEB Journal.

Prior to his work on the Senate, he was a partner at a large national law firm. Early in his career, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working on major transportation deregulation legislation.He received a B.A. from Columbia University with honors, an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School in religion; and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he also served on the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Hon. Jack Weinstein, a Federal Judge in New York. He has been a member of the Connecticut Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

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Philip H. Lippel


Philip H. Lippel joined the MIT Washington Office in April 2012 as Assistant Director.  He represents the Institute’s research enterprise and educational mission to the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and relevant Congressional committees. He also participates in inter-university government affairs forums through the American Association of Universities and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. He is interested in the multifaceted role research universities like MIT play in the innovation ecosystem -- educating tomorrow’s workforce, driving discoveries at the leading edge of science and engineering, and working with industry to transition emerging technologies to commercial scale.

Previously, Philip has been involved with technical and policy issues nationally and internationally. He worked with industry, NGOs, and federal and state agencies on many aspects of nanotechnology from research through commercialization, first on the staff of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and later as a consultant to trade organizations. As a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, he worked on a variety of science communication and policy issues—including nanotechnology and science education—in NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.

Philip has also served as a Member of Technical Staff at Agilent Technologies, founded and led L Cubed Consulting, and was a member of the Physics faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was appointed as a U.S. delegate to the Working Party on Nanotechnology at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and as a U.S. expert to the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee on Information and Communication Technologies.

He received an A.B. in Physics and in Theatre from Williams College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Brandeis University.


Kate Stoll


Kate Stoll joined the MIT Washington Office in September of 2014 as Senior Policy Advisor. She focuses on health and space research including NIH, NASA, FDA, and their related Congressional committees. Kate also engages with the MIT student and alumni advocacy communities.

Kate received a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, studying protein structure and function as it relates to the Breast Cancer Protein, BRCA1. She served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science S&T Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation where she worked on STEM graduate education and higher education issues. She created the NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge and is the co-executive editor of the publication The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the NSF GK-12 Program. Kate has long been interested in the role of students in the research and innovation enterprise and is the co-founder of the AAAS program, Emerging Leaders In Science & Society, or ELISS, which prepares graduate and professional students to collaborate across boundaries to tackle complex challenges in society.

Most recently, she served as an American Chemical Society Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce under Ranking Member Henry Waxman.


Helen Haislmaier


Helen Haislmaier, Program Coordinator, helps coordinate both office & campus engagement efforts, organizes meetings on Capitol Hill, recruits interns for the DC office and provides support and organizes meetings for MIT students interning in the DC area. She also runs the MIT Senior Congressional & Executive Branch Staff Seminar and works with the Coalition for Plasma Science to organize biannual events on Capitol Hill.

Helen moved to the United States from London, England, in 1990 and joined the MIT Washington Office shortly after it opened in 1991. She left in 1994 but returned again in 2002. During her time away from MIT, Helen was the Program Coordinator for the Middle East Studies Department at the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, worked on Richard Nixon's only authorized biography, and had two sons.

Before leaving the UK, Helen served as the Senior Legislative Assistant to an active member of the House of Lords, where she focused on British Higher Education policy, education reform and foreign policy issues in Eastern Europe. Prior to that, she was the director of a pro-NATO grassroots organization, Women & Families for Defense.

Helen received her BA (Hons) in British Politics from the University of Kent at Canterbury in England, and one day hopes to finish her M.A. Education from the Catholic University of America.


Lisa Miller


Lisa Miller, Office Representative, joined MIT from Georgetown University, where she managed educational programs and events for the university’s library, art, and special collections. Today, she manages day-to-day operations and oversees communications for the MIT Washington Office, including reporting on legislative activities and executive branch actions. She coordinates diverse events and activities, such as MIT's Student Policy Initiative, including the Congressional and Executive Visits Day programs.

Previously, Lisa served as Director of Outreach and Development for the National Press Club, promoting their development programs and managing the Club’s literary events, including the Annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night. She was Director of Marketing and Development for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago, managing board relations and efforts to increase visibility and funding for the award-winning global security publication and related Doomsday Clock. She earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., honors) while in Chicago, and also has a Master's degree (M.A.) from Johns Hopkins University.

Originally from southern California, Lisa organized concert tours for a major talent agency in New York, and worked at the Art Institute of Chicago.  She retains her connection to culture by devoting volunteer time to the region’s institutions, most recently the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD.