In-depth Science and Technology Policy Education for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Students and Professionals


The Science and Technology Policy Academy (S&TPA) is for scientists, engineers, and health professionals who are serious about a career in science and technology policy. S&TPA provides in-depth education from policy professionals. They teach students how to analyze science and technology-related issues using policy analysis, benefit-cost analysis, and other techniques.  Students can take classes independently or through organizations like universities, disciplinary societies, and student groups.

Dr. Deborah D. Stine is Founder and Chief Instructor of the Science and Technology Policy Academy and President of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Analysis & Education, LLC. She is a freelance consultant, policy analyst, writer, video producer, professor, teacher, trainer, and study director whose career has been dedicated to translating science and technology to policymakers, the public, students, and investors AND translating the information needs of policymakers, the public, students, and investors to the science and technology community.


During her over 30-year career, she's been fortunate to work for some of the top organizations in the country: the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Congressional Research Service; the Obama Administration’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; and Carnegie Mellon University. 


At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Stine was a Professor of the Practice for the Engineering and Public Policy Department and Associate Director for Policy Outreach for the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation from 2012-2018.  During this time, she received grants for her work from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Wells Fargo Foundation.


She was Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House from 2009-2012. (She's in the red suit along staff row in the picture.) From 2007-2009, she was a science and technology policy specialist with the Congressional Research Service.


From 1989-2007, she was at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – where she was associate director of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; director of the National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program; and director of the Office of Special Projects.  While there, she received the highest staff award from the National Academies.


Prior to coming to the Academies, she was a mathematician for the Air Force, an air-pollution engineer for the state of Texas, and an air-issues manager for the Chemical Manufacturers Association.  She was also President of the League of Women Voters of Corpus Christi, and a member of the Texas Board of Directors.

 She is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Energy Innovation Center Institute and a member of the Governing Board for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance.


She holds a BS in mechanical and environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine, an MBA from what is now Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, and a PhD in public administration with a focus on science and technology policy analysis from American University.