Event RecapOct 9, 2020
Topic overview | Space: The next frontier for innovation, economics, accessibility, and infrastructure
By Borja Prado
Space is quickly becoming the new frontier to be explored by national governments and private sector actors. In the process, the different parties prepare themselves for an environment that will bring to space the competition and collaboration behaviors that are typical on Earth, that will require new or updated regulations and international norms, and that will unleash new opportunities for multiple industries and technologies – spanning from transportation and satellite communication to data sharing, artificial intelligence or national security.
Event RecapSep 9, 2020
Event recap | Western society at the crossroads, part I: Data, people, and tech
By GeoTech Center
On Wednesday, September 9 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted an engaging expert panel discussion about the geopolitical ramifications of both new data capabilities and new technologies as well as the challenges they pose to defense and national security in Western governments and open societies.
Joseph T. Bonivel Jr., PhD, is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. He is a subject matter expert for the Department of Defense (DOD), where he leads technology incubation and maturation for the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s Journal of DoD Research & Engineering. Bonivel is a former AAAS big data and analytics science and technology policy fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In his AAAS fellowship role, he fostered entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology commercialization of research that has been previously supported by government-funded research. He served a similar fellowship role at United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Bonivel’s role at USAID was twofold in helping to understand how digital technology can stop the spread of health epidemics (Ebola) and designing and developing predictive algorithms to measure USAID’s influence on their bilateral donors and partners.
Before his AAAS fellowships, Bonivel was a senior research engineer for United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). At UTRC he was responsible for developing, identifying, and implementing protocols to evaluate the mechanical performance of novel materials and structures within the various businesses of United Technologies Corporation.
Bonivel holds a PhD in Mechanical and Materials Science Engineering from the University of South Florida. He earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering at the University of South Carolina.
He was recently awarded Technologist of the Year by the Southern New England Association of Technical Professionals and was profiled by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of its 100 Modern Men. Bonivel has also spent time teaching engineering and physics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.