March 2, 2022

Thursday, Marche 3rd at Noon: Zoom link
How important will space-based quantum technologies be?  Quantum computing and quantum communications get the most buzz and will be covered in this talk, but so will quantum sensing technologies that could contribute significantly to our understanding of climate changes.  We will discuss technologies under development that could use space-based quantum sensors to predict earthquakes and to track tiny variations in the Earth’s gravitational field and talk about quantum technologies that will improve global satellite navigation systems, such as GPS.


Dr. Joseph Williams is the director of the Seattle Research Center for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Williams had been Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s tech industry policy advisor and the economic development director for the ICT industry in Washington. Currently a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute, he recently completed a fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Berkman-Klein Center addressing ethical issues in the application of artificial intelligence. Dr. Williams is on the board of directors for the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), Co-Chairs the Washington IoT Council, and is a member of the Washington Supreme Court’s Practice of Law Board.

Dr. Williams has been the Dean of the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University, a tech executive at Microsoft and at Sun Microsystems, and an associate professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University. Dr. Williams earned graduate degrees from the Universities of Texas-Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California-Berkeley. His current research interests are in quantum computing, supply-chain blockchain, and adversarial AI. Dr. Williams is also active in workforce development via Governor Inslee’s Career Connected Learning initiative and the WTIA’s Apprenti apprenticeship initiative.

Mark your calendars for upcoming UW Space Dialogues:
Monday, April 11: NASA’s Jason Hartwig, Add to calendar
Thursday, May 5: UW Astronomy’s Meredith Rawls, Add to calendar
Thursday, June 2, MIT Lincoln Lab’s Robert Guerriero, Add to calendar