Distinguished Capitol Alumnus Dr. Steven Harrison Speaking at IBM AI Hardware Forum 2023 on November 30

Dr Steven Harrison, Capitol Technology University alumnus and DoD Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Senior Computer Scientist, will be speaking at the IBM AI Hardware Forum 2023 on Thursday, November 30, where he will be representing DISA and Capitol at this distinguished event in Yorktown Heights, NY. 

IBM hosts this invite-only event yearly, as a platform for industry leaders and innovators to come together to discuss what's next in foundation models and the challenges in designing AI hardware to support complex and multi-modal workloads. Dr. Harrison will be featured on a panel discussion titled AI, Semiconductors, and the Role of Government occurring from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., where he and other participants will be answering questions about AI topics from the audience, with an expected attendance of over 200 people. His area of focus will be AI governance and policy. Other panelists include:   

  • Host: Ashish Nadkarni (IDC) 

  • Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik (New York State University System; SUNY)  

  • Kazumi Nishikawa (Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry; METI) 

  • Carlo Reita (France Energy Agency Technology Research Institute; CEA-Leti)  

  • Albert Heuberger (Germany Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, IIS) 

Some questions they may receive include: 

  • What is your organization’s mission? 

  • How are you defining / participating in the national eco-system around AI? 

  • How are you reaching beyond your borders to collaborate on AI? 

  • How do you define success in your AI investments? 

  • What are the challenges of dealing with industry partners? 

  • How do we democratize AI and prevent having a few dominating players? (i.e. semiconductor foundries) 

  • How can we use AI responsibly? 

  • What are the guardrails for efficient tax dollar spending? 

  • What are your measures of success for AI investments? 

  • How do we promote workforce and AI skill development in this fast-paced field? 

Dr. Harrison is a second year Army War College graduate student, making the one-third cut for this highly competitive selection. He is performing research as part of his final requirement to graduate in the form of a qualitative review of Cloud Quantum Computing. During the Forum, he will be relaying some talking points from his research, which once completed, will serve as a business whitepaper for establishing a cloud quantum computer DoD enterprise service. This service could host applications including developing federal crypto-resistant algorithm standards, quantum cybersecurity network defense applications, and other potential DoD Quantum tools. 

Dr. Harrison is a strong advocate for ethical AI and explains that while his whitepaper research is critical to the policy development for governmental AI usage, there are some worrisome factors to consider with new and emerging AI trends. “My biggest fear is that leaders do not rely on a piece of paper or policy alone for AI and Quantum. Both the U.S. federal government and the state governments had policy on Kudzu management that did not go well. On the other side of the coin, the U.S. government, commercial, trade organizations, and academia will have to determine a way to manage malformed and mal-used AI. Drug-cartels and organized crime will use AI for their benefit and not follow the rules. Example, a Narco-sub design does not have to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning when AI is at the helm.” He emphasizes that more awareness and preventative measures need to be taken into consideration for the ethical future of AI, and contributing to continued research, forums, and conferences allows him to bring more light to these issues. 

As a highly accomplished alumnus of Capitol, Dr. Harrison credits our university in helping prepare him for this innovative field of technology. After receiving his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, he transferred to Capitol Technology University for both his M.S. in Information Telecommunications Systems Management and D.Sc. in Cybersecurity, where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Dr. Harrison states that “Spencer Johnson, M.D. wrote the book: ‘Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life.’ Capitol Technology University enabled me to break through the technological mouse puzzle and take charge of my career.” 

Steven Harrison at IBM AI Conference 2023


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Dr. Steven A. Harrison

Dr. Steven A. Harrison is a U.S. DoD Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Senior Computer Scientist with over 40 years of experience in the federal government. He began his career as a National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) intern in 1978, automating experiments and working on the metallurgical analysis of the Kansas City Hyatt Walkway Collapse. Dr. Harrison was also the founder of the DoD / Intelligence Community Ontology Working Group while working at the DoD JAIC. He received an award from General Shanahan for his efforts in establishing U.S. national standards on AI Knowledge Engineering (KE) through ANSI, and later, international through the ISO. Dr. Harrison is an AI doctoral chair and professor with Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD. He is also a member of the NSF and U.S. Marine Corps Cybersecurity Auxiliary. 

Dr. Harrison completed his D.Sc. in Cybersecurity (GPA 4.0) and M.S. in Information Telecommunications Systems Management at Capitol Technology University. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. Dr. Harrison is also in his second year of the Army War College (AWC), studying for an M.A. in National Security Policy studies. He is currently starting his research paper requirement for AWC on potential Quantum Cloud applications for the U.S. DoD. The paper will serve as an enterprise capability white paper for senior DoD leadership. 

Dr. Harrison has a small farm near Western Maryland where he raises horses, turkeys, guinea fowl, and chickens. His father, Donald A. Harrison, Sr., was a lifetime IBM employee who worked on the first joint IBM MIT program and has a signed award from Watson Jr. for his founding work on IBM 360/370 hardware design. Donald Harrison’s work was highlighted in Think magazine in the 1960s. Dr. Steven A. Harrison grew up near the IBM research institute in Putnam Valley, NY.