David Rejeski

Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


David Rejeski directs the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. For the past five years he has also been director of the Foresight and Governance Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center, an initiative designed to facilitate better long-term thinking and planning in the public sector.

He was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an agency representative (from EPA) to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Before moving to CEQ, he worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) on a variety of technology and R&D issues, including the development and implementation of the National Environmental Technology Initiative.

Before moving to OSTP, he was head of the Future Studies Unit at the Environmental Protection Agency. He spent four years in Hamburg, Germany, working for the Environmental Agency, Department of Public Health, and Department of Urban Renewal and, in the late 1970’s, founded and co-directed a non-profit involved in energy conservation and renewable energy technologies. He has written extensively on science, technology, and policy issues, in areas ranging from genetics to electronic commerce and pervasive computing and is the co-editor of the recent book: Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow: Shaping the Next Industrial Revolution, Island Press 2004.

He sits on the advisory boards of a number of organizations, including the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, the Greening of Industry Network, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and the University of Michigan’s Corporate Environmental Management Program. He is a member of the External Advisory Board of Nanologue, a European project to bring together leading researchers to facilitate an international dialogue on the social, ethical and legal benefits and potential impacts of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. He has graduate degrees in public administration and environmental design from Harvard and Yale.


M.P.A, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; M.E.D., Yale University School of Architecture; B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design.


Visiting Fellow, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.