William O. (Bill) Berry is an independent science consultant providing science and science policy advice to national and international organizations. From January 2011 to July 2014 he was Director of the Board on Global Science and Technology at the U.S. National Academies’ National Research Council. The board’s charge was to oversee activities to assess the implications for U.S. policy makers of global advances in science and technology.
Previously, Dr. Berry was a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University where he taught and conducted research at the interface of science, technology and national security policy.
At the U.S. Department of Defense, he served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences and Director for Basic Research where he was responsible for providing scientific leadership, management oversight, policy guidance and coordination of the basic research programs of the military and defense research agencies. In addition, he was responsible for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and workforce issues, policy for grants, policy for defense laboratories and international science and technology programs. Dr. Berry served as the U.S. Principal Member on the NATO Research and Technology Board and as the U.S. Washington Deputy for The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science Technology and Engineering and Director of the Washington Office of the Air Force Research Laboratory following a long career at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research where he directed the Air Force’s basic research programs in chemistry, life, and environmental sciences.
Dr. Berry earned a BS in Biology from Lock Haven University, a MAT in Zoology from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Vermont. Dr. Berry’s research publications are in the fields of environmental toxicology, neuroscience, international collaboration, science and technology policy and national security policy.