Join us in this week’s episode as our guest, Dr. Jason Harper, shares his STEM story. Jason has been involved as a research scientist for a national lab and shares his thoughts on how technology is impacting infectious diseases. Jason serves the community through his important work as a scientist, and also serves the community as an elected member of the New Mexico House of Representatives since 2013. We caught up with Jason on a Saturday as he squeezed our interview into his extremely demanding schedule.
Jason Harper was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2013, representing the northern Rio Rancho area. After serving one term, Jason was asked to serve as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which deals with tax policy and administration of state government programs. Tax reform is an issue Representative Harper is passionately pursuing, with special emphases on gross receipts tax reform. Dr. Harper is also a research scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. He recently developed a stand-alone, low-cost, lab-in-your pocket cartridge for detecting anthrax in challenging environments. This sensor received an R&D100 Award, a Federal Laboratory Consortium Excellence in Technology Transfer Award, and was selected by Popular Science Magazine as one of the greatest technological innovations of 2016. vThe anthrax sensor recently completed a successful pilot program in Afghanistan. Jason is married to Mary, a New Mexico Tech alumni with a Materials Science & Engineering degree, and is a proud father of four children.