Posted January 15, 2020 in News

The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University is excited to welcome Eli Dourado as a Senior Research Fellow. Eli brings years of experience in non-profit and for-profit policy research in the areas of technology and innovation.

“Eli is one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in public policy today. We could not be more enthusiastic about what he’ll accomplish,” said Christopher Koopman, Executive Director at the Center for Growth and Opportunity. “Our hallmark has always been bold academic research with the potential to dramatically improve people’s lives, and Eli’s research is the perfect addition.”

Eli’s research will focus on the hard technology and innovation needed to drive large increases in economic growth—speeding up infrastructure deployment, eliminating barriers to entrepreneurs operating in the physical world, and getting the most out of federal technology research programs.

“I’m thrilled to be at the Center for Growth and Opportunity,” Dourado said. “This is a team that is committed to dramatically accelerating the rate of economic growth through ideas that support transformative technology and more effective public policy. I can’t think of a better place to execute my research agenda.”

Prior to joining the CGO, Eli was the first policy hire at Boom Technology, the supersonic aviation startup. Before that, he was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its technology policy program. He also served as an advisor to the State Department on international telecommunication matters. Eli received a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and a BA in economics and political science from Furman University.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact Marc Morris, Senior Director of Communications at marc.morris@growthopportunity.org or 202-577-7179.