Tell Me More Scientist and Senior Executive

Watch an exciting discussion with Dr. Celeste Rohlfing ’79 and learn about her career path in chemistry, from Los Alamos, to the White House, and then some. She shares her best advice for navigating the field of science and connecting and building professional skills.

Biography: Dr. Rohlfing received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Duke University and a Ph.D. in chemistry at Princeton University, and spent her research career at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Moving to the National Science Foundation, she served in several executive positions, concluding her federal career as Deputy Assistant Director, overseeing the world’s leading research portfolio for the physical sciences and mathematics. She also served as the Assistant Director for Physical Sciences in President Obama’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her last position before retiring was Chief Operating Officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.