GAO Chief Scientist to visit JMU March 19

From: Public Affairs

March 18, 2009

Dr. Timothy Persons, chief scientist at the Government Accountability Office, will present “STEMing the Tide - GAO’s Increasing Role in the Science and Technology Public Policy Domain" at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2009, in Room 159 in the ISAT/CS Building at James Madison University.

As chief scientist, Persons, a JMU alumnus, leads the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress and other federal agencies and government programs on cutting-edge science and technology, key national and international systems, engineering policy, best practices and original research studies in the fields of engineering, computer and the physical sciences. The chief scientist also works with GAO’s chief technologist to lead the production of Technology Assessment and Forecasting activities for the U.S. Congress.

Prior to joining GAO, Persons was the technical director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and previously served as technical director for the National Security Agency’s Human Interface Security Group, which researches, designs and tests next-generation biometric identification and authentication systems. He has also served as a radiation physicist with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was selected as the JMU Physics Alumnus of 2007. He received his B.S. in physics from JMU, a M.S. in nuclear physics from Emory University and a M.S. in computer science and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Wake Forest University.

Who: Dr. Timothy Persons, chief scientist at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

What: Persons presents “STEMing the Tide - GAO’s Increasing Role in the Science and Technology Public Policy Domain" for the JMU community and public.

When: 5 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2009.

Where: Room 159, ISAT/CS Building, JMU campus (701 Carrier Drive). Parking available in the D2, C10 and D5 parking lots off of Carrier Drive.

Background: JMU formed the new School of Engineering in January of 2007 with a vision that engineering graduates will improve the sustainability of Virginia and our world by considering the environmental, energy, financial, security and social impacts when analyzing problems and designing solutions.

For more information about JMU STEM programs, visit http://www.jmu.edu/stem/.

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