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G. Wayne Clough is the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; he assumed his position July 1, 2008. He was president of the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1994 to 2008. He transformed Georgia Tech into one of the top public universities in the country.

Clough was appointed by the President to both the National Science Board (the governing body of the National Science Foundation) and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is Vice Chair of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a nonprofit organization focused on the development and implementation of an action agenda to improve the competitive position of the United States in the global economy; Co-chair of the Council’s National Innovation Initiative; Chair of the National Academies’ Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects, which advises the U.S. Department of Defense; and a member of the board of directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

His previous academic positions have included serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington and Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.  He has been a member of the faculty at Duke University, Stanford University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Washington.


Dr. Clough's interests include technology and higher education policy, economic development, diversity in higher education, and technology in a global setting. His civil engineering specialty is in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. He has published over 130 papers and reports and six book chapters.  Dr. Clough has been recognized for his teaching and research, including a total of nine national awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers, most recently the 2004 OPAL lifetime award for contributions to education. Among his many other honorable recognitions, he was awarded the Norman Medal in 1982 and in 1996. 


He received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.