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Cal Poly Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series

James H. Dickerson

Chief Scientific Officer, Consumer Reports

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  • Thursday, October 10
  • 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Advanced Technologies Laboratories (ATL/Building 7)

An inventive leader with an extensive research and communications track record in the physical sciences, James H. Dickerson joined Consumer Reports in January 2017. As the organization’s first Chief Scientific Officer, he is responsible for scientific and technical oversight of all relevant CR activities. An internationally recognized expert in nanoscience and electrochemistry, he has more than 15 years of experience effectively translating scientific concepts for academic, industrial, government and public stakeholders.

In 2019, Dickerson was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his longstanding contributions to physics diversity through mentoring, outreach and leadership to assure quality science continues to underpin all of Consumer Reports’ product evaluations.

Prior to joining CR, Dickerson served as the Assistant Director of the Department of Energy’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. There, he established strategic partnerships with early stage tech startups, Fortune 500 companies and R1 research universities in renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dickerson earned his B.A. in physics from Amherst College in Massachusetts and his Ph.D. in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


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