Alan Hurd is a Franklin Fellow at the US Department of State serving the Secretary's Science and Technology Adviser. Alan is a research materials physicist whose interests include science policy in an international context. His portfolio at State includes energy, national labs, and LAUNCH. While at Santa Fe Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory, he served on the APS-MRS study panel on energy critical elements, which has contributed to federal legislation. With SFI collaborators, he explores system networks to characterize mineral supply risk. For more than a decade, Alan was the Director of the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE at Los Alamos. Prior to 2001, he was a researcher and Department Manager of various research groups at Sandia National Labs. He was the 2007 President of the Materials Research Society, which honored him with the 1999 Woody Award and the 2004 MRS Special Recognition Award. Science outreach has been a long-term interest. He has been active in developing a traveling museum exhibit “Strange Matter” and its sequel “Strange Matter, Green Earth.” He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico.