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Census Scientific Advisory Committee Adds New Member

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MARCH 30, 2017 — U.S. Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson has appointed Joshua Patterson to serve on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee, chartered to provide advice on the design, operation and implementation of Census Bureau programs.

“The expertise of this committee helps us meet emerging challenges the Census Bureau faces in producing statistics about our diverse nation,” Thompson said. “By helping us better understand a variety of issues that affect statistical measurement, this committee will help ensure that the Census Bureau continues to provide relevant and timely statistics used by federal, state and local governments as well as business and industry in an increasingly technologically oriented society.”

Joshua Patterson is the director of Applied Solutions Engineering at Nvidia, where he leads a team devoted to solving the most difficult and computationally demanding enterprise challenges using big data, accelerated computing and advanced visualization. Previously, Joshua was the principal data scientist at Accenture Cyber Security Lab, where he led research and development initiatives to advance threat detection in conjunction with leading experts across the public sector, private sector and academia. In addition, Joshua has served as a White House presidential innovation fellow, where he worked with the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Commerce to develop Making Income Accessible as a Service (MIDAAS), and supported other top-level data science initiatives. Joshua holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in economics from the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business.

The committee, which is comprised of 21 members from multiple disciplines, will hold its next meeting March 30-31 to address emerging census challenges including adaptive design; cyber infrastructure; demographic, economic and statistical research; and technical and operational priorities.



Eric Eggen

Public Information Office


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