" We are extremely proud of Diane Jones and the leadership role she is playing with the White House. We also are delighted that she has remained so involved on campus as a member of the UMBC Research Park Board. ”
— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
UMBC Alumna Joins White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
March 10, 2006 - Diane Auer Jones '88, M.S. applied molecular biology, was recently named deputy associate director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this new role, she joins a group of experts advising the President on science and technology and coordinates the work of various federal agencies working on joint scientific research. Her most recent assignment was providing background information on science innovation and competitiveness for the President's State of the Union address.
She has also played a central role in developing the President's American Competitiveness Initiative. Its mission is to improve math and science education, increase funding for physical science and engineering research and create incentives for private sector investment in research and development.
Jones served as director of government affairs for Princeton University in Washington, D.C., before moving to her new position. Despite her commute to the Executive Office Building in Washington, Jones' roots remain close to UMBC. She and her husband William Jones '89, Ph.D. biological sciences, live in Catonsville, where they have raised their sons Patrick, 16, and Logan, 14. She joins fellow biological sciences alumni at nearby Patapsco State Park for a reunion picnic each fall.
"When I look at the total group, it's amazing to me how many people in that program have gotten into interesting careers," said Jones. "At UMBC, we learned about more than science. We learned interpersonal skills and management skills. That tells you something special." She also maintains ties to UMBC in her capacity as a member of the UMBC Research Park Board.
Jones was one of six UMBC graduates honored at the UMBC Alumni Awards ceremony in February.