US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD) (RET), Technology Manager and Instructor, Office of Technology Development, VP of Research.
DeMott retired senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) from the United States Army where he served honorably for 20 years in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) field as an EOD Technician and NCO EOD Operations Officer. During his service in various positions, he had responded to Events of National Significance, Terrorism, and other Improvised Explosive Devices throughout the United States.
Since his retirement, DeMott has served in multiple positions in state and local Homeland Security and Emergency Management projects in the State of Iowa. Previously, DeMott served as a Training Manager and Instructor at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services. He was responsible for the delivery of incident management, sports, and special events courses while serving as the Lead Developer for the NERRTC Emergency Operations Center Course and Lead Instructor.
His new primary responsibility will be managing and triage technologies and discoveries that emerge or interface with USM’s research enterprise, specifically in defense-related and dual-use technologies. DeMott will serve as the technology manager for a DoD initiative to develop a national platform that facilitates the transition of defense technology to commercial usage. In addition, he will be the lead on developing the New Hacking 4 Defense curriculum (“H4Di”) that is targeted to be launched in the summer of 2017.
Anna Wan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Southern Mississippi. She teaches mathematics courses for future teachers and also directs Eagle Maker Hub, a university makerspace.
André Heath leads the recruitment and retention efforts in the College of Science and Technology as Assistant to the Dean for Recruitment, Retention and Strategic Initiatives. For 18 years, he has worked to attract students to Southern Miss while placing them on the path to success in both their undergraduate careers and professional endeavors.
An accomplished speaker, in 2011, Mr. Heath advanced to the semifinals of Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. He has a passion for speaking to groups, organizations, businesses, colleges and schools across the state on an array of topics including leadership, personal development, and community engagement.
Most recently, André was the recipient of both the USM Staff Council Service Award and Staff Excellence Award in recognition of his dedication, leadership, and contributions to the overall goals of the University. He is the proud father of 3 children Austin, Alyssa and Caroline. André and his wife, Amy make their home in Petal, MS.
Jeremy is taught networking and security technologies since the mid 90s. He is a master problem solver with extensive experience in research, design and implementation of a wide array of technologies.
His background includes extensive training and certification through Microsoft and Cisco.
A small business stakeholder and executive for more than a decade, Jeremy has supported hundreds of businesses from small to large.
Julie Cwikla, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in Mathematics Education and serves as the Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Working with others she investigates interesting and important questions about STEM learning and careers. Funded by NSF, NASA, and others she studies preschool fraction learning, digital devices in the classroom, and growing algae on Mars. A recipient of the National Science Foundation’s “Early Career Award” she has directed over $12 million in funded research programs serving children, teachers, and families on the Gulf Coast.
Her daughters ages 6 and 13, would tell you she hugs hard, loves learning, and reads too many books at the same time.
Tom Rishel is an instructor in Computer Science at USM’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, MS. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and his Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. After a radical career change he received his MS in Computer Science from USM and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Computational Science with an emphasis in Computer Science. Tom teaches a variety of undergraduate Computer Science courses. His research is in the area of Natural Language Processing.
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