Colin McCormick

Colin is Partner & Chief Technologist at Valence Strategic and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service

Dr. Colin McCormick is a technologist and data scientist based in Washington, DC. Trained as an experimental physicist, he has a wide range of experience in data science, computer vision, energy technology, and science and technology policy. Colin’s research currently focuses on the applications of computer vision and artificial intelligence to a range of transportation and environmental technologies. In this capacity, he has worked with the World Resources Institute, the World Bank, the Global Green Growth Institute, Columbia University, and satellite imagery startup SpaceNinja. He is also a passionate educator and teaches AI policy and environmental sensing at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Colin was a 2012 French-American Foundation Young Leader. During the Obama Administration, Colin served as Senior Technical Advisor at the US Department of Energy, where his portfolio included R&D strategy and coordination across the applied energy offices. Prior to this he worked as an energy and security analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, a staff member with the House Science and Technology Committee, and a AAAS Congressional Fellow in the Office of Rep. Ed Markey. Colin earned his PhD in atomic and optical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and did post-doctoral work in quantum optics at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Outside of work, Colin is an avid runner and hiker, and plays trombone with DC local rock band The NRIs.