Dr. Henry L. Jones II

Adjunct Faculty (Computer Science & Information Technology), Serial Entrepreneur

Dr. Jones, has over two decades of experience in product commercialization, development of electromechanical systems, and software architecture and design. Prior to the founding of Kopis Mobile, he was the Director of the Center for Battlefield Innovation at Mississippi State University, and in that role served as the Chief Technology Officer for Mav6, a research and development services firm for the U.S. military.

Under Henry’s leadership and intuitive thinking has led Kopis Mobile in designing and manufacturing apps and app-enabled equipment for the DoD, law enforcement and private security markets since 2009. Henry has brought together a team of experts in most types of software development including mobile, embedded, desktop and server software. The Kopis team also has decades of experience in hardware development, particularly PCB and electrical design, mechanical design and rapid prototype development.

Henry has led product developments in a variety of non-defense industries including telecommunications and electric utilities (as the Chief Technology Officer for smart meter company SmartSynch, now a part of Itron (ticker: ITRI)), remote sensing and forest products (as a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Forest One, now a part of Thomson Reuters (ticker: TRI)), financial companies (as a co-founder of Iron View Capital, a quantitative hedge fund), and consumer retail (as a co-founder of DataRiver, a mobile app and software company). He has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. He also has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

Daniel “Dan” DeMott

US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD) (RET), Technology Manager and Instructor, Office of Technology Development, VP of Research

DeMott retired senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) from the United States Army where he served honorably for 20 years in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) field as an EOD Technician and NCO EOD Operations Officer. During his service in various positions, he had responded to Events of National Significance, Terrorism, and other Improvised Explosive Devices throughout the United States.

Since his retirement, DeMott has served in multiple positions in state and local Homeland Security and Emergency Management projects in the State of Iowa. Previously, DeMott served as a Training Manager and Instructor at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services. He was responsible for the delivery of incident management, sports, and special events courses while serving as the Lead Developer for the NERRTC Emergency Operations Center Course and Lead Instructor.

His new primary responsibility will be managing and triage technologies and discoveries that emerge or interface with USM’s research enterprise, specifically in defense-related and dual-use technologies. DeMott will serve as the technology manager for a DoD initiative to develop a national platform that facilitates the transition of defense technology to commercial usage. In addition, he will be the lead on developing the New Hacking 4 Defense curriculum (“H4Di”) that is targeted to be launched in the summer of 2017.


Jeremy Nall

Jeremy Nall spent 15 years in the United States Navy Submarine Force.  He left the military in 2012 due to a lung disorder and began going to school again for a new career path.  He chose Information Technologies with a focus in securities and development, as it is an expanding field with a lot of opportunities in the government sector. He received his associates in IT Networking from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Jeremy is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery(ACM),  National Technical Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi, National Society of Leadership and Success, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as a participating member of the Student Veterans Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Jeremy Nall left the USN as CS1(SS), Culinary Specialist First Class(Submarine Specialist)  after 15 years of service as a disabled veteran.  During that time he served as a chef on two submarines for 12 years, the USS Parche(SSN 683) from 1998 to 2005 and the USS Columbus(SSN 762) from 2009 to 2012. HE also  was an Individual Augmentee with the Army in Iraq as part of the Naval Provisional Detainee Battalion in 2016 as a maximum security prison guard, and was stationed at the Trident Inn Certified 5 Star Galley  as a chef in Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor, Washington for 3 years, during which time he worked with the marines in the Marine Limited Area(MLA).  Jeremy finished his certifications for Naval Instructor, First Class Leadership, Master Certified Food Executive,  HAACP, and  Combat Medic/First Responder while in the military.

Lachelle Holmes

Lachelle Holmes is a business administration student with a concentration in entrepreneurship. In addition, Lachelle included accounting as an additional major. She is currently scheduled to graduate this December.  Lachelles goal  is to attend graduate school here at USM in Business. She volunteers for the Southern Pine Animal Shelter and the Boys and Girls Club of America here in Southern Mississippi.  Lachelle is also a current member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is  currently performing the function of Course Assistant for the new course offering here at USM called Hacking for Defense (H4D). Lachelle is excited to be a part of the H4D team, and she is excited to be working with the student teams solving national security problems and seeing new creative solutions developed by each team for their selected problem sets. This experience will give Lachelle a real world look at how new technology business is formed and how to solve tough critical problems.  Lachelle looks forward to the semester and meeting new people.  She is also looking forward to developing her own professional network and helping solve future problems this country may face in the future.