Two Indian American professors from the prestigious Duke University are appointed to senior roles in the President Joe Biden`s administration. Professor and economist Ronnie Chatterji will serve as chief economist of the United States Department of Commerce, acting as the principal economic adviser to the Secretary of Commerce. Chatterji will work on policies related to competitiveness, innovation, trade and economic growth. Duke Law professor Arti K. Rai has been appointed to serve as a senior advisor in the Office of General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Rai will be advising on a range of issues involving innovation and technological competitiveness.The Department of Commerce comprises various bureaus, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, and the International Trade Administration.