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Talking “BIG” Jobs with Carla Cotwright-Williams


Apr 8, 2021 02:15 PM

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Dr. Carla Cotwright-Williams
Technical Director @Department of Defense
Dr. Carla Cotwright-Williams serves as a Technical Director within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). While at the Pentagon, she served as the first Chief of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) - the DoD’s new Center of Excellence for AI. Prior to working with the DoD, she began her public service in Academia - serving over 10 years in research and teaching. She has conducted research with both NASA and the U.S. Navy. In 2012, she was awarded the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Congressional Fellowship. During her time on Capitol Hill, she worked as a staffer on the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. In addition to covering a number of policy areas, she worked on the congressional hearing examining emergency preparedness surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
Sarah Minucci
Ph.D. Candidate @Virginia Commonwealth University
At the 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting in Boston, Sarah Minucci listened to Susan Sohler Everingham talk about her career as a mathematician at RAND, Inc. This experience changed the way Sarah thought about math and the opportunities possible for her. Later she contacted Professor Everingham, who encouraged Sarah to conduct more informational interviews whenever she met people whose jobs sounded interesting or heard them talk at conferences. Through broadcasting these interviews, Sarah wants participating students to know that they do not need professional training to seek out their own opportunities to learn about industry, government, and other career paths. Her hope is that these interviews provide exposure to unfamiliar careers, and that she can encourage students to think in new ways and to pursue their passions after graduation. Sarah is a fifth-year Ph.D. student from Nashville, Tennessee, studying applied math at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.