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Dr. Jesse Bemley

Title: University Lecturer
Company: Bowie State University
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Dr. Jesse Bemley, a University Lecturer at Bowie State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in technology.

Dr. Bemley began his career as the founder of the Joint Educational Facilities in 1980 and was later recruited to become the director, where he has thrived since 1985. He worked as the information technology showcase director in 2002 at Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) until 2012 and served as a consultant to the group between 2009 and 2019. In 2013, he joined the faculty of Bowie State University as an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Cyber Security, a Department of Computer Science program, until 2016 and currently contributes to the university as a lecturer in the Department of Technology and Security.

Separating himself from others in the field, Dr. Bemley cites his ability to accomplish tasks within the given constraints as the key to his success. This ability served him well when he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Mississippi Valley State University in 1965. Upon completion of his education, he developed the high school computer competition (HSCC) as part of the BDPA, where he was a former National BDPA Education Chairperson in 1986 and continues to lead the DC chapter. 

Dr. Bemley was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington, DC, Chapter of BDPA in 2010. Additionally, the BDPA has established the Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship, which is awarded to the top-performing high school student teams competing in the annual High School Computer Competition (HSCC) at the National BDPA Technology Conference. This scholarship fund allows the BDPA to spend time and energy to engage minority youth’s interest in technology while promoting more minorities into technological fields.

In the pursuit of educating young people, Dr. Bremley acted as a student competition committee member for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) SC08 Conference in 2008, and participated as a member of the education committee for the SCxx conference in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Dr. Bemley serves as treasurer of the International Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT), which hosts a conference every two years, the International Conference on Appropriate Technology (ICAT), where they showcase technology appropriate for utilization by the people in emerging nations.

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