Rick Switzer is a Senior Fellow with SCSP on a one-year sabbatical from the Department of State. Prior to joining SCSP, Rick was a State Department visiting professor at the National Intelligence University teaching graduate courses on China’s economy and innovation system. Rick also served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Council. From 2018 to 2019 he was a Senior State Department Advisor to the Department of Defense working with the Air Force and the Army. Preceding that he was the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Minister Counselor at Embassy Beijing, the largest science section in the world. Prior to joining government Rick co-founded a wireless technology start-up and also conducted innovation policy research at the University of California.