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Mahmud Farooque

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Clinical Assoc Professor
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Assoc Director for DC Operations Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Senior Global Futures Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603

Mahmud’s work at ASU’s Washington Center focuses on linking science policy to better societal outcomes. His teaching, research and engagement are oriented towards making science more useful and democratic.

He co-leads ASU Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcome’s long-term efforts to build a community of practice among innovative R&D program managers in the government, non-government and private sectors. These include convening informal and formal knowledge exchanges between program managers about the challenges and opportunities for innovating in path dependent institutions.

Mahmud is the principal coordinator of 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 led large-scale public participation projects on biodiversityspaceclimate, and energy to support policy and decision-making at the national and global levels. His current public engagement projects involve Climate Change ResilienceGene DrivesDriverless CarsGeoengineering and Gene Editing.

Mahmud is editorial board member of TATuP – Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice (peer reviewed and open access) and advisory board member of ISE — Institute for a Sustainable Earth at George Mason University.

Mahmud was the Deputy Director of Policy Programs at the New York Academy of Science, Director of Collaborative Research at City University of New York, Associate Director for Research Development at Northwestern University, and Managing Director of USDOT Research Center at Purdue University.

Mahmud’s expertise focuses on innovation systems, research management, knowledge co-production, policy entrepreneurship, and participatory technology assessment.

  • Ph.D. Science, Technology and Public Policy, George Mason University
  • M.P.A. Technology and Information Policy, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, NY
Research Interests: 

Science and Technology Policy, Innovation Systems, Research Management, Trans-disciplinary Education and Training, and Participatory Technology Assessment, Policy and Non-Profit Entrepreneurship and Training.

Research Activity: 
  • PI, “Human Gene Editing Issue Guide,” (Kettering Foundation: $20,000) 2019-2020
  • PI, “ECAST-ASTC Community Innovation Fellowship Program,” (PIT-UN: $180,000) 2019-2020
  • Co-PI, “Preparing for Genomic Editing Technologies: An Anticipatory Approach,” (NIH: $541,365) 2019-2022
  • PI, “Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC),” (NOAA:  $100,898) 2018-2021
  • Senior Personnel, “Participatory Technology Assessment and Cultures of Expertise,” (NSF: $5,200) 2018-2021
  • PI, “Navigating Our Shared Driverless Futures,” (Charles Koch Institute: $200,000) 2018-2019
  • PI, “Look who’s Driving,” (Kikim Media/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: $60,000) 2018-2019
  • PI, “Mission Control for Earth Workshop,” (Windward Fund: $28,701) 2018-2019
  • Co-PI, “Democratic Governance of Geoengineering Research,” (Alfred P. Sloan: $299,574) 2017-2019
  • PI, ASU – Missions Publiques – Self-driving Cars MOU, Paris, France 2017-2018
  • PI, ASU - ICCCAD - Data Sharing, MOU, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2017-2018
  • Co-PI, “Driverless Car Issue Guide,” (Kettering Foundation: $20,000) 2017-2018
  • Co-PI, “Science Center Public Forums,” (NOAA: $499,901) 2015-2018
  • PI, “Participatory Engagement for Energy Policy Planning and Decision-making,” (Allegheny Science & Technology/DOE: $1,080,170) 2016-2017
  • Co-PI, “Participatory Technology Assessment of NASA’s Asteroid Initiative,” (NASA: $196,908) 2014-2015
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
PIT 504Public Engagement Strategies
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PIT 504Public Engagement Strategies
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 336Science and Technology Policy
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 336Science and Technology Policy
  • Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice, May 2021 - Present

  • NEXTRANSporter, Purdue University NEXTRANS Center, June 2008 - Nov 2009.

  • OAA Research Newsletter, City University of New York-Office of Academic Affairs, June 2005-Sep 2006. 

  • Tri-State Trends, New York: New York Academy of Sciences, July 2001-Aug 2002.

Work History: 
  • Clinical Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University (2016-Present)
  • Associate Director, DC Office, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), Arizona State University (2009-Present)
  • Managing Director, USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center, Purdue University (2007-2009)
  • Associate Director of Physical Science and Engineering, Office for Research Development, Northwestern University (2006-2007)
  • Director for Collaborative Research Projects, Office of Research, City University of New York (2004-2006)
  • Deputy Director, Policy Program, New York Academy of Sciences (2001-2002)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Transportation Analysis, George Mason University (1999-2001)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Columbia University (1998-1999)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University (1996-1998)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Technology and Information Policy, Syracuse University (1995-1996)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Global Studies, Houston Advanced Research Center (1995-1995)
  • Intern, Associate Engineer, Engineer; Electrical Engineering Design Department, M.W. Kellogg Company (1989-1993)


  • IEEE Standards Association & MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, Member, Council on Extended Intelligence, 2018-Present ​
  • American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, Member, Advisory Board, Thriving Earth Exchange, 2015-2018
  • U.S. Department of Interior, Reston, VA, Member, Climate Science Center Federal Advisory Board, Actionable Science Work Group, 2014-2015
  • International Social Science Council (ICSU), Paris, France, Member, Expert Committee, Belmont Forum/Future Earth Trans-disciplinary Training Proposal, 2014
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC, Member, Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Selection Committee, 2011-2013; 2017-2019