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July 17, 2019

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Study Committee Nominations Opportunity

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is requesting nominations from Hispanic-Serving Institutions for a Study Committee that will focus on the issue of how to improve the Department of Defense’s acquisition workforce diversity/capability in data science. This is a self-nomination process for faculty or researchers that fit the study committee description. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2019.  If you are interested in the nomination opportunity, please email

The main questions the Committee will address include the following:

  • How can data science improve acquisitions processes and where are the opportunities to improve workforce ability to apply these methods?
  • What are the foundational understanding and skills that should be developed broadly in acquisitions professionals, and what more advanced capabilities are relevant for specific job functions?
  • What are the characteristics and portfolio of skills of successful data science teams and how can supervisors with non-technical backgrounds effectively manage data science projects?
  • What data science training and education models exist in other government agencies and outside of government for employee training and up-skilling?

The Study Committee will meet a total of four times, beginning in September 2019 and the last meeting will be in March 2020.

The Academies are specifically looking for individuals in two areas:

  1. Academic: Member works or has worked within the last five years as an active researcher, professor, or department head at an accredited university; holds a PhD or equivalent degree; and has a depth of technical expertise and experience, reflected in publications and a respected reputation in their technical or academic community.
  2. Partnerships with Private Sector: Member works or has worked within the last five years as an active researcher, engineer, or technical leader in related private sector fields; holds a Master’s degree or higher, or an equivalent professional certification; has experience working within technical programs or in turning applicable science into real-world capabilities.


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