Dr. Thomas Zacharia
Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Co-Chair, National Commission
“Innovation is the foundation of American prosperity and economic competitiveness.”
The national laboratories are a competitive advantage for America to out-innovate the rest of the world. And in his video op-ed, Dr. Thomas Zacharia asserts these state-of-the-art facilities are an important part of an even larger innovation ecosystem. To lead in key industries of the future like A.I., machine learning, 5G and quantum information sciences, he argues we must accelerate the growth of the STEM workforce and expand the number of communities where innovation is an important part of the local economy. Doing so is a matter of American economic security, prosperity and national security.