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Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard Lester is Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he oversees the international activities of the Institute. Dr. Lester is the Japan Steel Industry Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and he is also the founder and chair of the MIT Industrial Performance Center. Professor Lester’s research focuses on innovation policy and management. He is the author or co-author of eight books on innovation management and policy, productivity, energy technology, and nuclear policy, and currently serves as chair of the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.