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DARPA Forum to Feature Early-Career S&T Talent; Arati Prabhakar Comments

Arati Prabhakar
Arati Prabhakar

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s “Wait, What?” forum will feature research presentations from early-career scientists and engineers as part of the agency’s efforts to celebrate innovation and promising talent.

DARPA said Wednesday the three-day forum will highlight the work of 54 selected “DARPA Risers” from the science and technology fields.

“[Our] DARPA Rising effort aimed to identify and inspire some of the nation’s emerging leaders in research and technology so we at DARPA can learn from them, and to make them aware of opportunities to apply their expertise in the important domain of national security,” said DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who was the keynote speaker at the opening event, also expressed gratitude and further encouragement to the Risers for continued innovation, DARPA added.

DARPA noted three researchers from the 54 Risers will present to the entire forum audience:

  • Alexander Bataller of the University of California in Los Angeles
  • Anupama Lakshmanan of the California Institute of Technology
  • Max Shulaker of Stanford University

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