Defense TechConnect

DECEMBER 3-5, 2024   


Keynote Speakers | Speakers | Additional Speakers

2023 Keynote Speakers

Anthony Di Stasio

Director of the Manufacturing, Capability Expansion, and Investment Prioritization Directorate (MCEIP), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (OUSD A&S)

Lisa Sanders

Director of Science and Technology for Special Operations Forces, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

David Mussington

Executive Assistant Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Christina Barnhill

Associate Director, Defense SBIR/STTR Program Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense For Research and Engineering, US DOD

Erick Page-Littleford

Acting Director and Program Manager for the Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer, U.S. Small Business Administration

Landon Mertz

Conference Plenary Speaker, Chief Executive Officer, Cerion Nanomaterials

Joe Bryan

Former Chief Sustainability Officer, DOD; Principal, Muswell Orange

ML Mackey

CEO and Co-Founder, Beacon Interactive Systems

Brad Chedister

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, DefenseWerx

Mica Dolan

Chief Operating Officer, ATI

Colonel Wes Spurlock

Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of Strategic Capital, U.S. Department of Defense

Jennifer Rocha

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, TechConnect, ATI Division

2023 Speakers

Henry Ahn

Program Director, NSF

David Alexander

Senior Science Advisor, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology’s (DHS S&T)

Ross Armstrong

Technical Management Division Chief, Program Executive Office – Aviation, Aviation Mission Systems and Architecture Project Office (PM AMSA)

Bill Aubin

Senior Regional Field Marketing Manager, Americas, Nozomi Networks

Madeline Augustin

BDS Technology Strategy Senior Manager, The Boeing Company

Adam Austin

Co-owner and Cybersecurity Lead, Totem.Tec

Jamie Aziz

Data and Records Management Lead, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Honorable Shalanda Baker

Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy and Secretarial Advisor on Equity

Max Beller

Climate Adaptation Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric in the Fire Science & Climate Adaptation Group

Katie Bilek

Partner, GovMates

David Bishop

Head of the Division of Materials Science & Engineering Director of the CELL-MET Engineering Research Center, Boston University

Benjamin Blakely

Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence Researcher, Argonne National Laboratory

Andrew Bochman

Senior Grid Stratgist, Idaho National Laboratory

Katie Bornfleth

Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, TechConnect, ATI Division

Anna Brady-Estevez

Program Director, NSF

Alex Brickner

Director of SBIR Programs, UMass Lowell

Delester Brown

Chief Data Officer, J6, National Guard Bureau

Marissa Brown

Management and Program Analyst, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Hannah Burroughs

Secure Renewables and Storage Integration Area Lead, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

James (Jim) Caley (Col., USMC, Ret.)

Director of Operational Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, U.S. Navy

Les Call

Zero Trust PfMO Deputy Director, DoD Chief Information Officer

Jared Cantrell

Research Engineer for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Idaho State University

Jill Capotosto

Energy Justice Liaison, Department of Energy, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

Alf Carroll

Technology Teaming Lead, Engineering Technology, RTX-Raytheon Engineering Tech Strategy & Innovation

Daniel Carroll

AF Ventures Division Chief, AFWERX

Troy Carter

Technology Manager, TechLink

Stephen Cauffman

Section Chief, Infrastructure Development and Recovery, Infrastructure Security Division, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Eileen Chant

Outreach Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

Gabriela Ciocarlie

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio

Christopher Cleary

Chief Principal Cyber Advisor (PCA), Department of the Navy

Conrad Clyburn

CEO, MedForeSight

Victor Cobilean

Research Assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University

Josh Conway

Senior Vice President of Science & Technology, America’s Frontier Fund

Jon Cook

Senior Commercialization Manager, Technology Deployment Department at Idaho National Laboratory

Megan Culler

Power Engineer and Researcher, Infrastructure Security group at Idaho National Laboratory

Sohom Datta

Senior Power Systems Research Engineer, Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

John David

Chief Technology Officer, BryceTech

Simon Davidson

President, NobleReach Emerge

Dawn Davis

Water & Power Systems Postdoctoral Research Associate and as the Environmental Justice Specialist, Idaho National Lab

Michael Deegan

Policy Analyst, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mike Docherty

Director of Manufacturing Technology, NCDMM

Ryan Donaghy

Associate Director for Planning and Innovation, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Haley Doude

Center Technology Transition Lead, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Michael Dransfield

Subject Matter Expert, National Security Agency

Abraham Ellis

Senior Manager, Renewable Energy and Industrial Decarbonization, Sandia National Laboratories

Ethan Epstein

Resilience Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)

Joe Epstein

Space Strategic Partnerships Lead for Engineering and Technology ( E&T), Lockheed Martin

Judy Esquibel

Senior Cyber Advisor, US Army Cyber Command

Corey Fallon

Cognitive Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Justin Fanelli

Dept of Navy CTO, U.S. Navy

Isa Ferrall-Wolf

Researcher in Energy Equity Projects and Initiatives, National Renewable Energy Lab

Stephanie Fertig

Program Lead, HHS/NIH

Lisa Fewins

Corporate Sustainability Director, HDR

Laura Fischer

Senior Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Brian Fitzpatrick

Consultant/Chief Growth Officer, Outcome Management

Tim Fowler


Nicole Fox

Applied SBIR Autonomy Transition Broker Team Lead, Army

Right Honourable Yvonne E. Gamble

CEO, SanPete Financial Group

John Garstka

Director for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment OUSD(A&S)

Shahir Gerges

Director of Business Strategy, Orbital Reef, Blue Origin

Dr. Kathleen Gilpin

Director of Discovery and Engagement, APEX

Daniel Gossett

Program Director, NIDKK/NIH

Jacqueline Gray

SBIR Program Manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Eric Griesenbrock

Lead, Energy Office, Air Force Research Laboratory

Daryl Haegley

Technical Director, Control Systems Cyber Resiliency, U.S. Air & Space Force

Madison Haley

Graduate Research Assistant, Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Elden Hawkes, Jr.

Program Analyst, Office of Investment & Innovation

Kolton Heaps

Digital Twin Visualization Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory

Juliet Homer

Chief Systems Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Eliza Hotchkiss

Senior Resilience Analyst, NREL

Jonathan Jakischa

Senior Manager: Open Innovation Programs – TechConnect Ventures, TechConnect, ATI Division

Ron Johnson

Consultant, Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group

Wanda Jones-Heath

Principal Cyber Advisor, Department of the Air Force

Nick Kacsandi

VP, Innovation + Business Development, TechConnect, ATI Division

Nancy Kamei

Program Development Specialist, SBIR/STTR, U.S. Small Business Administration

Travis Kelly

President & Chief Executive Officer of Isola Group, Cerberus Portfolio Company

Jason Kessler

Program Executive, NASA Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer Program

Lauren Khair

Director, NRECA

Mina Khalil

Program Manager, USSOCOM

Cecilia Klauber

Power Systems Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Adam Knapp

JUMP Program Manager, Semiconductor Research Corporation

Alexis Kwasinski

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Jackson Labovitz

Senior Associate, Aurelia Foundry

Dusty Lang

Director, SBIR/STTR, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Matthew Laudon

Vice President, TechConnect, ATI Division

Genevieve Lind

SBIR Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Igor Linkov

Risk and Decision Science Focus Area Lead, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Brock Long

Executive Chairman, Hagerty Consulting

Andrea Mammoli

Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Chris Mather

Discovery & Engagement Senior Consultant, APEX

Cindy Matsuki

SBIR Program Manager, Innovate Hawaii

Michael Mazzocco

President and CEO, Alytic

Brian McAdoo

Disaster Researcher and Head of the PlanetLab, Earth and Climate Science Division at Duke University

Amy McGuire

Director of Market Development, Highland Electric Fleets

David McKeown

Department of Defense Senior Information Security Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity, Department of Defense (DOD)

Crystall Merlino

Director for Resilience, Energy, and Sustainability Management, Department of Homeland Security

Ed Metz

SBIR Program Director, U.S. Department of Education

Brian Metzger

Senior Technology Manager, TechLink

Jonathon Monken

Principal, Converge Strategies

Emma Mooney

Outreach and Project Manager, TechConnect, ATI Division

Kate Moore

Strategic Partnership Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC)

Tansey Moore

Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures

Marissa Morales-Rodriguez

Systems Integration Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

Kimberly Mozingo

Director of Federal Programs, TEDCO

Ulrich Muenz

Principal Key Expert, Advanced Control and Optimization for power grids and industrial manufacturing, Siemens Technology

Mustafa Nasseh

Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase

Amber Nightengale

Principal Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services

Glenn Noble

Investor, Prudent Capital

Gary Odum

Ecosystem Ambassador, Bunker Labs

Tommy Olejniczak

Sr. Strategy Analyst, Boeing BDS - Defense, Space & Security

Craig Owens

Systems Engineer, Principal; Corporate SBIR Program Manager, Lockheed Martin

Patrick O’Brien

Policy Analyst, Innovative Research Division at U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center

Harley Parkes

Asymmetric Operations Sector (AOS) Cyber Operations, Capabilities Development Group, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)

Shaun Peiffer

Commercial Innovation Manager, Programs & Partnerships, Advanced Materials, Technology Development, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc.

Erik Pierstorff

Program Director, National Science Foundation

Monique Pond

Team Leader & Program Director, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute

Roger Pulwarty

Senior Scientist, NOAA Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research

Carol Rabke

Tech to Market (T2M) Advisor, United States Department of Energy (DOE)

Frank Randon

Disaster Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

D.J. Rasmussen

Applied Climate Scientist, WSP Earth & Environment

Danielle Redhouse

Nuclear Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories

Terrell Reid

Corporate Supplier Diversity Programs Manager, Northrop Grumman

Tami Reynolds

Group Manager, NREL

April Richards

SBIR Program Manager, Environmental Protection Agency

Dave Rios

DTIC-IAC Field Advisor, USCENTCOM, Cloud Lake Technology, LLC

Ross Roley

Energy and Cyber Innovation Lead, Battelle in Support of U.S. Indo Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM)

Bart Romanowicz

Vice President, TechConnect, ATI Division

Abigail Roots

Program Manager, Chemical and Biological Defense Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs

David Rothzeid

VP, Investments, Shield Capital

Scott Sanders

Director of Bourbon Relationships, Tobacco Barn Distillery

Aleksandra Scalco

Engineer, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC)

Richard Scalco

NIWC Senior Cyber Engineer & MOSAICS CyberSHIELD Technical Manager, Naval Information Warfare Center

Ben Schrag

SBIR/STTR Program Director and Policy Liaison, Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, NSF

Michael Schweitzer

Senior Business and Technology Strategist / Advisor to the Technical Director, Falconwood, Inc. / Navy

David Scott

Senior Commercialization Manager, TechLink

Greg Shannon

Chief Cybersecurity Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory

Jennifer Shieh

Director of Ecosystem Development, U.S. Small Business Administration

Ruth Shuman

Program Director, NSF

Brittany Sickler

Director of Investment and Innovation Ecosystems, Office of Investment and Innovation (OII)

Neal Simmons

President andCEO, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy

Robert Smith

Director, SBIR/STTR, U.S. Navy

Joseph “Joe” Sopcisak

Technical Integration Officer for Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD) for Industrial Base Policy (IBP)

Andrea Staid

Senior Technical Leader, Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Paul Staszak

BDS Technology Strategy SBIR/STTR Focal, Boeing

Matt Stavish

Senior Vice President, Republic Capital Access

Camille Stebbins

Deputy Director and Program Manager, ATI

Mike Stebbins

Vice President of the Medical & Threat Countermeasures Division, ATI

Earl Stevens

Co-Founder, Belvonae

John Stough

Chief Architecture Officer (CAO), JHNA

Sherry Stout

Laboratory Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Michael Sulmeyer

Principal Cyber Advisor, Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff

William Sweet

Oceanographer, NOAA

Martha Symko-Davies

Laboratory Program Director, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Florence Tan

Deputy Chief Technologist, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA HQ

Claudia Tebaldi

Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Lab

David Terry

President, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jennifer Thabet

Program Director, Small Business Programs Office, DARPA

Reginald Thomas

Branch Head, Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O), U.S. Marine Corps

Keishla Tirado

Director, Center for Innovation and Technology, PR SBDC

Elaine Ulrich

Senior Advisor, US DOE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

John Van Houten

Deputy Chief Engineer, AVN APEO Engineering & Architecture

Patrick Vann Horne

Deputy Director of Preparedness, Hagerty Consulting

Kirsten Verclas

Senior Managing Director, NASEO

Justin Welch

Systems Engineer, Energy and Grid System Integration Group, Idaho National Laboratory

David Wells

Senior Technical Communications Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity

Spencer Wilcox

Senior Director, CISO, Cybersecurity & Technology Risk of Nextera Energy, and its subsidiaries, including Florida Power and Light

Matt Williams

Acting Director, SBIR/STTR Program Office, DoD

Sherman Williams

Co-founder and Managing Partner, AIN Ventures

Matt Willis

Director, Office of Army Prize Competitions & Army Applied SBIR Program, Army

Nathan Wiltse

Economist and Researcher, NREL

Candace Wright

SBIR/STTR Program Lead, MDA

Michael Wu

Executive Director, RISE Consortium

Dalia Yablon

Founder, SurfaceChar LLC


Director of Research and Innovation, Slipstream

Additional Speakers

Naval Operational Energy Office, Tech Advisor, U.S. Navy

Partner, Venable LLP

Resiliency Program Manager, Groundswell

Senior Advisor for Packaging, CHIPS office, NIST

President & Chief Executive Officer, Hypori

Founder, Precision Operations Advisors LLC

Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida


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