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Mahmud's work at CSPO's Washington DC Office focuses on the research, design and implementation of new and exciting opportunities to change the way science and innovation policy is learned and practiced to improve decision-making and societal outcomes.
Mahmud coordinates CSPO’s monthly New Tools for Science Policy Breakfast Seminar series to catalyze discussions and collaborations between science policy researchers and decision makers in Washington DC. He co-leads CSPO’s long-term efforts to build a community of practice among innovative R&D program managers in the government—aimed at enhancing the social value of publicly funded science. These include hosting a series of informal exchanges between program managers in federal science agencies, academia and professional societies about the challenges and opportunities for innovating in path dependent institutions. Mahmud is a principal coordinator at Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) – a distributive institutional network that brings together research centers, informal science education centers, citizen science programs and non-partisan policy think tanks to engage citizens on decision-making related to science and technology policy. He was a U.S. coordinator of the 2012 World Wide Views on Biodiversity project that hosted citizen consultation meetings in Boston, Washington, Denver and Phoenix. Mahmud co-leads CSPO’s Science, Policy and Citizenship Program with High School age students to provide hands on learning and engagement opportunities in science and society issues.
Prior to coming to CSPO, Mahmud was the managing director of the NEXTRANS Center, a US Department of Transportation funded research center at Purdue University. Before joining Purdue, Mahmud served as the associate director of research development in Physical Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, director of collaborative research projects at the City University of New York, and deputy director of the Policy Program at the New York Academy of Sciences where he led the Technology in Economic Development of the Tri-State Region project. Mahmud holds a Ph.D. in science, technology and public policy from George Mason University and an MPA in technology and information policy from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. His current research and teaching interests in science and technology policy focuses on technological change, foresight and assessment, innovation systems, research management, and public participation.