Cheryl L. Shavers, Ph.D. is the Chairman and CEO of Global Smarts, Inc. a technology globalization enterprise that specializes in integration of capital, technology and information across national borders. Dr. Shavers is the immediate former Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology confirmed by the 106th Congress. In this role, Dr. Shavers oversaw the Commerce Department's Technology Administration and the Office of Technology Policy, as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Technical Information Service and the Office of Space Commercialization.
As Under Secretary for Technology, Dr. Shavers served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce in forming new policies and program initiatives in the areas of science and technology. The Technology Administration is the federal government's focal point for working in partnership with U.S. industry to improve America's commercial and industrial innovation, productivity, and economic growth.
Additionally, she served as the Department of Commerce's representative to the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on National Security, the Committee on International Science, Engineering & Technology and the Committee on Technology, as well as coordinated the Clinton Administration's Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program.
Internationally, Dr. Shavers served as a member of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission (USISTC), is a former member of the USISRC Executive Committee, served as Co-Chair of the USISTC Joint High Level Advisory Panel, is a former member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation, the former Co-Chair of the Technology Subcommittee under the U.S.-Egypt Partnership for Economic Growth (co-chaired by Vice President Gore and President Mubarak), and was a frequently invited participant on the U.S.-South Africa Science & Technology Committee, the U.S.-Russia Science & Technology Committee, the U.S.-China Joint Management Committee and the U.S.-Japan Joint High Level Committee.
Dr. Shavers holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry, both from Arizona State University, and an Honorary Master's degree in Engineering Management from California Polytechnic State University. She is also a practicing registered Patent Agent with the Patent & Trademark Office of the Department of Commerce.
Dr. Shavers has over 25 years experience in the high-tech industry in various engineering and managerial positions at Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, and Varian Associates. She has also served as a patent agent in Hewlett-Packard's technical legal department.
Before was nominated by President Clinton to be Under Secretary for Technology, Dr. Shavers served in several senior-level management positions at Intel Corporation. Most recently she headed the Microprocessor Sector Group within Intel Capital Division. There she led technology assessments of emerging technologies, structured strategic business alliances and oversaw domestic and international equity investments and/or acquisitions of high-tech companies involving microprocessors, displays, design tools and information appliances. Previously, Dr. Shavers was Group Manager of the Advanced Technology Operation in Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group. She was also has held numerous board positions on both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Shavers is a highly regarded technical and business expert, an associate member of the Library of Congress and a former member of the board of directors for the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation. Among her numerous awards, Dr. Shavers is also a 1998 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and an inductee in the WITI Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame and Arizona State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Halls of Fame.