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ORIED to Host Round Tables, Workshop on Global Techno-economic Competitiveness

On May 5 and 6, the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development is hosting a series of NatSecTech roundtables and a workshop led by the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP) focusing on the techno-economic competition between the United States and other geopolitical powers.

SCSP is visiting universities around the country to elevate student awareness of the techno-economic competition, while also engaging local industry and faculty to inform ongoing work across a range of subjects, including harnessing regional innovation hubs to bolster tech competitiveness. SCSP’s NatSecTech programs introduce the key challenges and opportunities in the race to lead across a diverse number of rapidly evolving emerging technologies.

The NatSecTech events include faculty and industry round tables as well as an undergraduate student workshop for students across a range of disciplines. Students will engage with top national security experts, including Professor Stephen Rosen of Harvard University and PJ Maykish of SCSP.

“Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) are impacting all economic sectors, aspects of society, and our national security,” said Lynne Parker, associate vice chancellor and director of the AI TENNessee Initiative. “Discussions at the nexus of technology and national security can help us better prepare our students, faculty, and industry partners to remain competitive and innovative in this new era of AI.”

The SCSP is a non-partisan, non-profit, three-year initiative that makes recommendations to strengthen America’s long-term competitiveness for a future where AI and other emerging technologies reshape national security, economy, and society.