Presented by Julia Wise • Manager of the Office of Science and Technology, New Mexico Economic Development Department
Technology-based economic development strives to create an environment where innovative and technology based firms thrive. With three federal research labs, three research universities, and several private research organizations, New Mexico has the basic framework to have a robust science and technology sector. This talk will discuss what New Mexico is doing to create this environment, what we still need to do so, the challenges faced, and what comes next.
Julia Wise is a scientist with experience in education, health care, and technology transfer who now works in technology based economic and community development. As the Manager of the Office of Science and Technology she works to create, support, and lead programs that allow New Mexico’s science and technology based economy to grow and thrive. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Masters and Doctorate in Geology. Prior to moving back to her hometown of Santa Fe she worked for The Science Museum of Minnesota, had a stint as a barista, worked at The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, taught geology, environmental science, and engineering at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, and worked for STC.UNM. Outside of work she volunteers for the Santa Fe Alliance for Science and with Patient Privacy Rights in their health data partnership with the UN. She also spends a lot of time exploring and playing in the mountains of New Mexico.