USM Investigation Advancement Director Provides Testimony on Emerging Technologies ahead of Congressional Committee
09/29/2022 – 16:30pm | By: Van Arnold
Dr. Henry Jones testified in advance of a Senate committee pertaining to the value
of investing in emerging technologies throughout the place.
Dr. Henry L. Jones, Director of Exploration Improvement and Scientific Entrepreneurship
at The College of Southern Mississippi (USM), offered testimony about the
worth of investing in emerging systems throughout the place ahead of a U.S.
Senate committee on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.
Jones testified right before a comprehensive listening to named by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Clean.), Chair
of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Sen. John Hickenlooper
(D-Colo.), Chair of the Area and Science Subcommittee. The hearing, titled: “Securing
U.S. Management in Emerging Compute Technologies” highlighted the continued importance
of a few key know-how areas in the not too long ago passed CHIPS (Creating Valuable Incentives to Develop Semiconductors) and Science Act of 2022. These locations include things like synthetic intelligence (AI), quantum
data science (QIS), and distributed ledger systems (DLT).
Programs in these fields are currently or have the prospective to transform not only
computation but also the agriculture, healthcare, industrial, transportation, and
national defense sectors, with even further social, moral, and legal implications.
Jones notes that the CHIPS and Science Act incorporates factors that will generate significant
wins for Mississippi, mainly thanks to the management of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Overlook),
a ranking member of the Commerce Committee, ensuring the nation’s technologies investments
just take gain of the state’s cultural, geographical, and socioeconomical diversity.
“If federal government plan supervisors have not observed the innovation underway on our Gulf
Coastline, for example, they could possibly believe that Boston or San Francisco is a harmless guess –
and miss out on out on the effective, affordable, productive ecosystems that construct up our
resiliency and innovation,” explained Jones.
Others testifying before the committee provided:
- Dr. Nancy Allbritton, Frank and Julie Jungers Dean School of Engineering Dean, College
- Mr. Jack Clark, co-Founder, Anthropic
- Mr. William B. (Trey) Breckenridge III, Director of Significant Functionality Computing, Significant
Efficiency Computing Collaboratory (HPC2), Mississippi Point out University
- Mr. Steve Lupien, Director of Center for Blockchain and Digital Initiatives, University
of Wyoming, Higher education of Enterprise
- Dr. Bob Sutor, Vice President, Company Progress, ColdQuanta.
As an entrepreneur and trader, Jones has an comprehensive background in aiding make
businesses in Silicon Valley, Chicago, Mississippi, and Alabama. Just after earning a Ph.D.
in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford College, Jones lived in Silicon Valley
all through the 90’s Dot Com growth. Applying science developed in a Mississippi Condition University
lab and the U.S. government’s Landsat 7 satellite, Jones established his initially firm
which created cutting-edge on the web merchandise for forestry.
Ahead of assuming his present role at USM, Jones served for 6 many years as an adjunct
professor at the College. He has served the previous 16 several years as an adjunct assistant
professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Mississippi.
“From the start out of my job, I have noticed what academia and governing administration and market
can do together,” Jones told the committee.
Jones stressed that authorities has discovered it difficult to preserve pace with advancements in
know-how. He famous that unforeseen innovations come from unconventional connections.
In his testimony, Jones spelled out:
“The newest data-pushed study in innovation is obtaining that cross-pollination of
thoughts from incredibly distinctive fields is how terrific leaps forward take location. EPSCoR, the
Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Investigate, permits this kind of
development by bringing alongside one another universities and their person innovators and exposing
them to unfamiliar ideas in several methods. I serve on a statewide EPSCoR board
simply because it would make sense for our universities to operate with each other. What I observed is that
the true possible of EPSCoR is its generation of new interactions, better communications
amongst establishments at the faculty degree, and coverage alterations that align incentives
for operating jointly, all to create a extensive-lasting ecosystem of unconventional collaborations.”
Jones expressed to the committee that variety is a national source for resilience.
He shared that his good friends at the major tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon have observed
the aggressive requirement of a various workforce.
“Conforming cultures direct to groupthink and becoming blindsided by unconventional thoughts,”
Jones testified. “These firms are trying to get diversity in each and every dimension it can
be accomplished, but are battling most in a person unique place – plenty of educated U.S.
citizens. I am positive we have sufficient able U.S. citizens, but we are missing a thing in the early stages of the instructional
To illustrate his issue, Jones told the committee about a childhood buddy and fourth-technology
logger whose son is really proficient in computer programming.
Reported Jones, “This spouse and children does not know what a STEM (Science, Technological know-how, Engineering
and Arithmetic) career seems like or how to manage a complex education and learning. Fortunately,
we now have him on a path to increase his innate skills and passions. But through
this knowledge I am identifying that there are generational and socioeconomic limitations
to STEM futures that can come to feel insurmountable.”
He continued, “Our University has not too long ago modified our computer science curriculum
to integrate business certifications as milestones in just our diploma packages in
circumstance a pupil simply cannot place four many years of courses jointly at once. Our Centre for Military services
Veterans, Assistance Members and Households introduces veterans to assets inside of bigger
training, and also prompts the educational neighborhood to make alterations to welcome these
prospective students who aren’t coming right from higher college. Academic has more
innovation we can do.”
Jones’ appearance marked his 1st time to testify prior to a congressional committee
and he deemed it an honor to provide as a consultant for USM.
“This chance would not materialize devoid of the do the job of Senator Wicker and his staff
to specific Mississippi’s curiosity in this monthly bill, or without the very long-phrase impact that
USM has presented for our condition and area,” he mentioned.
For additional perception, entry Dr. Henry Jones’s Penned Testimony for U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a in depth community research establishment
delivering transformative applications on campuses in Hattiesburg and Prolonged Seaside, at instructing
and research web-sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coastline, as properly as on the internet. Started in
1910, USM is one particular of only 146 universities in the country to make the Carnegie Classification
of Establishments of Better Education’s “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high investigate
activity” designation, and its strong investigate enterprise involves gurus in ocean
science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and substantial celebration venue security
and safety, amongst other people. USM is also one particular of only 39 institutions in the country
accredited in theatre, art and layout, dance and music. As an financial driver, USM
generates an annual financial affect of far more than $663 million across the state. USM
welcomes a diverse scholar physique of much more than 14,000, representing far more than 70 international locations,
all 50 states, and just about every county in Mississippi. USM learners have collected 4 Truman
Scholarships and 37 Nationwide Science Basis Graduate Study Fellowships, while
also top Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that acknowledges
the upcoming technology of great research researchers. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes
in 17 Division I sporting activities sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA). For extra info, take a look at usm.edu.