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Joshua is one of the six NC STEM Policy Fellows for 2022-2023, the third year of operation for the program (see the press release). He will be working in the NC Department of Commerce’s Office of Science, Technology & Innovation (OSTI) on a number of projects to further economic development and innovation across the state. He will primarily support and promote the One North Carolina Small Business Program, which is a State initiative to provide additional funds to local groups applying for and receiving federal SBIR and STTR awards so their projects can expand beyond initial expectations. This program was started by former OSTI Executive Director Dr. Robert McMahan, who was a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UNC from 1989-2008. Joshua will also be engaged in a number of other efforts, including offshore wind development; activities of the Board of Science, Technology & Innovation (BSTI), such as the new Defense Innovation Initiative to increase Department of Defense investment in NC businesses; and updating the Tracking Innovation Report, which paints a picture of the current NC innovation landscape and offers insight into ways to improve business and technology development.
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