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The Obama administration has appointed Princeton Engineering alumna Alice Gast as one of three State Department envoys charged with promoting U.S. global engagement in science and technology.

According to the State Department, she will use this role to “deepen existing ties and foster new relationships with foreign counterparts and gain insights from other nations about potential areas of collaboration.”

The Science Envoy program, announced by President Obama in Cairo in June 2009, has the goal of creating global collaboration on developing new sources of energy, creating green jobs, digitizing records, providing clean water and growing new crops.

Gast earned her  PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton in 1984.