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Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet

Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet

Aug 26, 2013

A recent tweet by Bobak Ferdowsi systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Mars Rover flight director, also known as “Mohawk Guy” posted on twitter an article from “Office of Science and Technology policy” of a Google+ Hangout this August called “We the (Immigrant) Geeks” “Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet.”

People can tune in on the Google+ Hangout and hear about extraordinary immigrant pioneers with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), who have made amazing discoveries, developed new inventions, founded high-growth companies, and conducted remarkable research.  This Hangout will be moderated by Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Doug Rand, Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Read more and watch Google+ Hangout video “We The Geeks: Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet”

Featured participants: Anousheh Ansari, co-founder of TTI and Prodea Systems; co-creator of the Ansari X Prize and one of the first self-funded space tourists; Steve Chen, co-founder of MixBit (AVOS) and YouTube; Ping Fu, co-founder of Geomagic and chief strategy officer of 3D Systems; Jan Vilcek, Professor of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine; creator of the Vilcek Prize and recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2012).


“Right now, there are brilliant students from all over the world sitting in classrooms at our top universities. They’re earning degrees in the fields of the future, like engineering and computer science. But once they finish school, once they earn that diploma, there’s a good chance they’ll have to leave our country. Think about that…We’re giving them all the skills they need, then we’re going to turn around and tell them to start that business and create those jobs in China or India or Mexico or someplace else? That’s not how you grow new industries in America. That’s how you give new industries to our competitors. That’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”
-President Obama at Del Sol High School, Las Vegas, NV, January 29, 2013

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