Celebrating America’s Highest Honor for Science and Technology

The mission of the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation (NSTMF) is to champion the work and lives of America’s greatest scientists and technologists and connect these extraordinary individuals to the next generation. The NSTMF collaborates with the men and women who have received America’s highest honor in science and technology: the National Medal of Science (NMS) and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Their passion for knowledge has taken us beyond our own planet, to the bottom of our seas and deep within the neural pathways of the human brain. The Foundation is committed to inspiring the leaders of tomorrow to pursue excellence by promoting the National Medal Laureates as role models. In short, the NSTMF is a convener and catalyst for the science and technology communities by creating opportunities for education and inspiration.


The Challenge

Global competition, a global workforce and increasingly sophisticated job skill requirements are widely recognized forces shaping the world today. Against these headwinds, the United States faces a significant challenge in developing the future scientists and technologists it needs to maintain its worldwide leadership position. At the NSTMF, we believe that economic strength, competitiveness and a high standard of living depend on our nation's ability to lead the world in scientific discovery and technological development. These forces, combined with deficiencies in science and technology education, have profound effects on young people and their career choices. In light of these challenges, the NSTMF pursues three major objectives: Honor the recipients of America’s highest science and technology awards, facilitate rich discussion about scientific and technological discovery, and advocate for American scientific and technological progress.


Inspiration to Impact

The NSTMF strives to serve underrepresented communities in STEM, elevating voices that have historically been left out of the conversation. Through our programming, we are inspiring a new generation of STEM pioneers that reflects the strength of diversity in our society. We continue to honor scientific and technological excellence as well as raise public appreciation for STEM as an agent of positive change in the world.



Staff & Board Members

Andy Rathmann-Noonan | Executive Director
Laura Charity | Senior Program Manager
Allison Courtin | Senior Communications Manager
Ryan Lasker | Program and Finance Manager
Joanna Chou | Program and Communications Assistant

James L. Rathmann | Chairman
Vinton G. Cerf | TreasurerNational Medal of Technology 1997

Richard Elkus Jr.
Ted W. Love
Todd Elmer
Robin Rathmann-Noonan
Megan Roberts

Emeritus Board Members
George Rathmann | Founder
Gordon E. Moore | National Medal of Technology 1990
David Fischhoff
Philip A. Sharp | National Medal of Science 2004
Kirk Raab
Gordon Bell | National Medal of Technology 1990
C. Kumar N. Patel | National Medal of Science 1996
Robert White


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