John Ahlen


Arkansas Science & Technology Authority

Age: 65

John Ahlen

When the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority was established by statute in 1983, John Ahlen was named president. Twenty-eight years later, he's still there.

ASTA coordinates math and science education efforts for the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and manages more than $15 million annually in job-creating research and development projects, including two state-federal technology partnerships with the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards & Technology.

Ahlen is also a member of Accelerate Arkansas, a nonprofit promoting economic growth in Arkansas.