Director, Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation

and Professor of Economics

The Pennsylvania State University

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Irwin feller


Dr. Irwin Feller is director of the Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation and professor of economics at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1963.


Dr. Feller’s current research interests include the evaluation of federal and state science and technology programs, the economics of academic research, and the university’s role in technology-based economic development. He is the author of Universities and State Governments: A Study in Policy Analysis (Praeger Publishers, 1986) and over 100 refereed journal articles, final research reports, and book chapters, as well as of numerous papers presented to academic, professional, and policy audiences. He has been a consultant to the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, the Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. General Accounting Office, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as to several state governments.


He is chair of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee to the Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, and a member of the Panel on International Benchmarking of U.S. Research Fields—Immunology, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council; Transportation Research Board, Research and Technology Coordinating Committee, National Research Council; and NIST-Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board. He formerly chaired the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy.