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Timothy M. Persons

Chief Scientist, Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics

Areas of Expertise:

  • Chief Scientist, GAO
  • Managing Director, Science,Technology Assessment, and Analytics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data Analytics
  • Blockchain
  • Cloud IT Cybersecurity
  • Agile Software Development

Dr. Tim Persons is GAO's Chief Scientist and one of two Managing Directors of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team. The team conducts technology assessments, provides oversight of federal science and technology programs, provides technical assistance on science and technologies issues to the Congress, and develops innovative analytical techniques for carrying out audits and evaluations.

Tim joined GAO in July 2008. Prior to that, he served in key executive roles at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and the National Security Agency.

Dr. Persons received his B.Sc. in Physics from James Madison University, his M.Sc. in Nuclear Physics from Emory University, and his M.Sc. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Wake Forest University.


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