Computer Systems Laboratory Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, Oct 20, 2004
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Science and Technology Policy I
The Bush View

E. Floyd Kvamme
Partner Emeritus
Kleiner Perkin Caufield & Byers
About the talk:

The Science and Technology policies embraced by the winner of the upcoming election will impact everyone.

There are significant, substantive differences between the Science and Technology policies championed by the Bush administration and those that would be implemented by a Kerry administration. In an election campaign given to campaign rhetoric, talking points, four-word sound bytes, and spin, many of the real issues of particular interest to scientists and engineers (and others) have gotten lost.

To explore the issues, we have invited two highly qualified speakers to describe the Science and Technology policies we might expect following the election: one from the Bush point of view, and the other from the Kerry point of view. The speakers are not surrogates for the candidates, but they do have intimate personal knowledge of the policy issues and can compare and contrast positions.

E. Floyd Kvamme, emeritus Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Buyers partner, will speak on October 20, 2004. He has been an advisor to the Bush Administration. His biography appears below.

Burton Richter, Professor of Physical Sciences at Stanford and director emeritus of SLAC, will speak on October 27, 2004. He has been an advisor to the Kerry campaign.

Both talks will be broadcast over SITN, the Stanford Instructional Television Network, webcast live, and archived for delayed viewing. Access to the talks is free from (click on the video icon). The streaming video is in Windows Media Format and requires an appropriate player. It can also be accessed from

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About the speaker:

E. Floyd Kvamme

Since March 1984, Floyd Kvamme has been a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a high technology venture capital firm. In this capacity, he was responsible for the development of high technology companies from early start-up to the publicly traded phase. He is now a Partner Emeritus at the firm.

Floyd Kvamme currently serves on the boards of Harmonic Inc., National Semiconductor, Photon Dynamics, Power Integrations, as well as Gemfire Corporation and Silicon Genesis.

Mr. Kvamme is Co-Chairman of President Bush's President's Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST).

Floyd Kvamme was one of five members of the team that began at National Semiconductor in 1967, serving as its General Manager of Semiconductor Operations and building it into a billion-dollar company. He served as President of the National Advanced Systems subsidiary, which designed, manufactured and marketed large computer systems.

In 1982 he became Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Apple Computer. While at Apple, his responsibilities included worldwide sales, marketing, distribution and support.

He holds two degrees in Engineering; a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1959) and an MSE specializing in Semiconductor Electronics from Syracuse University (1962).

Contact information:

E. Floyd Kvamme