William B. Bonvillian

William B. Bonvillian
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Washington, DC, Office

William B. Bonvillian is a member of ITIF’s board.

Bonvillian has been director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Washington, DC, office since January 2006.

At MIT, he works to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies and its role on national science policy. Prior to that position, he served for 17 years as legislative director and chief counsel to Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). His legislative efforts at the senator’s office included science and technology policies and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, intelligence reform, defense and life science R&D, and national competitiveness and innovation legislation.

He has lectured and given speeches before numerous organizations on science, technology, and innovation questions, and he has taught in this area at Georgetown University, MIT, and George Washington University.

He serves on the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences and was the recipient of the IEEE Distinguished Public Service Award in 2007.

Prior to his work in the Senate, he was a partner at a large national law firm. Early in his career, he served as the deputy assistant secretary and director of congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working on major transportation deregulation legislation.

Recent Events

May 17, 2016

Please join ITIF and the bipartisan Senate Competitiveness Caucus to discuss how public policies can support America’s universities as they work to train America’s future manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.

November 3, 2015

Please join ITIF as the authors of "Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors" share key conclusions from the book and their implications for America’s innovation policymakers.

May 7, 2014

ITIF will host an expert panel on the current state of investment in university R&D and the policy reforms required to strengthen innovation and growth.

February 3, 2012

ITIF is holding a forum on applying the DARPA concepts to energy innovation.

December 15, 2010

ITIF and other leading policy think tanks host a day-long conference to ask the hard questions about energy technology policy and innovation in America.