Colin McCormick is a project director with the Strategic Security and Building Technologies programs. Prior to joining FAS, he was a professional staff member with the House Science and Technology Committee, where he focused on technology policy, including cybersecurity, nanotechnology, and healthcare IT. He was involved in the drafting of the America COMPETES Act, including the creation of the Technology Innovation Program at NIST.
Colin's previous policy experience was as a AAAS Congressional Fellow with Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts. While on Rep. Markey's staff, he helped direct the Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation, which worked to educate Congressional staff about nuclear weapons policy and the threat of nuclear proliferation.
Colin received his PhD in atomic and optical physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003, and did post-doctoral work in quantum optics at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the group of 1997 Physics Nobel Laureate William Phillips.