This past summer, the U.S. Digital Corps selected Jonathan Hart, San Diego Mesa College
Alumnus spring ’22, to be a part of the inaugural cohort of the U.S. Digital Corps.
The U.S. Digital Corps is a new program that was launched last year by the White House
to bring civic-minded early-career technologists to serve in the federal government.
Jonathan will spend the next two years working as a data scientist at the State Department
leveraging data and technology in innovative ways to implement the Department’s Enterprise
Data Strategy (EDS) and data informed diplomacy.
Jonathan has taken a non-traditional path in becoming a data scientist. Originally
trained as a biochemist, he studied data science to understand the deluge of data
coming from next-generation sequencing and proteomics experiments.
As a staff scientist at a research facility, he supported researchers’ genomics experiments
to yield insights into oncology research. In addition, he has developed hardware and
software infrastructure and data pipelines to efficiently mine the mountain of publicly-available
cancer datasets to discover new regulatory genes. His research has been published
in leading journals and presented at major conferences.
In addition to research, Jonathan enjoys teaching and has had the opportunity to
mentor several aspiring scientists through Scripps’ high school internship program.
Jonathan earned a B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Ph.D. from Caltech, both
in Chemistry. He was the recipient of a National Cancer Institute Research Specialist
Award grant and is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research. A lifelong
learner, he has recently graduated with an A.A. in Chinese from Mesa College and continues
to learn Chinese.
With a Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree in Chinese from Mesa College, you will satisfy
your necessary transfer requirements and gain a thorough education in Mandarin Chinese.
Embark on a course of language study that helps you improve your written and spoken
fluency, and gain the skills you need to sensitively engage with Chinese culture.
By learning about the history and use of the Chinese language, you will gain key insights
into China’s philosophical, political, and social dynamics, as well as the country’s
rich literary tradition and global influence. Learn more about the Chinese Languages programs at https://www.sdmesa.edu/academics/v2/programs/chinese/ .
About U.S. Digital Corps
The U.S. Digital Corps was launched in August 2021 by the Biden administration, in a collaboration between
the General Services Administration (GSA), the White House Office of Management and
Budget, the Office of Personnel Management, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security
Agency, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It is a cross‑government
fellowship opportunity operated by the GSA’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS).
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