Carl Leonard is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. For seven years he applied advanced computation to biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and the Food and Drug Administration. A start-up survivor of the dot com era, Carl is now Vice President, and Chief Technical Officer of Second Look Technologies where he develops systems and software that helps to integrate the technologies of document scanning, data mining, and applications development to modernize business operations, and provide a unified view of the information within an organization.
As a very early proponent of STEM education, Carl was the youngest student, and first African-American to win Northern Virginia’s ‘Best in Fair’ Science Fair award, and went on to participate in the International Science Fair with his project on mobile robotics.
Carl routinely gives back to the young scientific community with volunteer work as a special awards judge for the local Botball and FIRST Robotics competitions, and participates in events at HacDC, Washington D.C.’s local Hacker Space. For slightly more mature scientists, from 2004 – 2011 Carl served as Co-Chair of National Institutes of Health, Biomedical Computing Interest Group (BCIG), a unique organization that uses multidisciplinary approaches to educate, promote community, and communication between Management, Doctors, Computer Scientists and Engineers to improve the efforts of Biomedical Research at the NIH.