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2019 Keynote Speakers

Stacy Cummings

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers (PDASD(AE)), U.S. Department of Defense

Honorable James ‘Hondo’ Geurts

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), US Navy

Roberto Guerrero

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force-IE&E, US Air Force

Lisa Sanders

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

Captain Steven Lauver

USAF, Director, Technology Accelerators, AFWERX

Lawrence Pleis

Chief, Programs & Assessments Office (J49) Logistics and Engineering, U.S. Central Command

John Williams

Director of Innovation, Office of Innovation and Technology, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Investment and Innovation

Daryl Haegley

Principal Cyber Advisor, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Troy Warshel

Director of Operational Energy Resilience, ODASD (Energy), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

G. Nagesh Rao

Director of Business Technology Solutions (BiTS, Office of the Chief Information Officer, US Small Business Administration

Brad Chedister


William Hurley (Whurley)

Founder, Strangeworks

Barb Carson

Deputy Associate Administrator, SBA

Maria Roat


Geoff Orazem

CSO and Co Founder, Eastern Foundry

Chief Master Sgt. Christine Adamick Germain

Soprano Vocalist and the Superintendent, Singing Sergeants, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.

2019 Speakers & Challenge Panelists

Katherine Akingbade

Microbiome team lead and SynBio for Military Environs ARAP technical lead for Biotechnology Branch, Army Research Laboratory

Peter Atherton

SBIR/STTR Program Director, NSF

Kimberly Ball

Deputy Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Samuel Bendett

Analyst, CAAI, CNA

Rich Bendis

Founder, President and CEO, BioHealth Innovation, Inc.

Tyler Bennett

Project Manager for Deployed Medical Systems, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity

Major Jake Bowen

Program Developer, Office of Transformational Innovation, Office of Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisitions), U.S. Air Force

Joe Bryan

Principal, Muswell Orange, LLC

Jonathan Butts

Founder, QED Secure Solutions

Eric Byres

CEO, aDolus Inc., Canada

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

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

Joseph Caravalho

President and CEO, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Alf Carroll

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Black Belt, Raytheon

Susan Celis

Deputy SBIR/STTR Program Manager, OUSD, (R-E) Small Business and Technology Partnerships, U.S. Department of Defense

Albert Chan

Vice President, Chief of Digital Patient Experience, Sutter Health

Winston Chang

Creative Ideation Chief, Oasys International Corporation

Conrad Clyburn

CEO, MedForeSight

Charles Coccia

Portfolio Development Analyst, HorizonX Ventures, Boeing

Lindsay D'Ambrosio Ryan

Venture Development Director, University System of Maryland

John David

Director, National Security Science & Technology, LMI

Geoff Davis

Program Team Lead, Analytics and Simulation, SAIC

Jerry Davis

Laboratory Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Doug Deason

CEO, Deason Research LLC

David DiEugenio

CIO, U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Command

Lisa Donnan

Partner, Option3Ventures LLC

Jason Dorvee

Associated Technical Director Forward for Installations, U.S. Army’s Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Harry Dreany

Artificial Intelligence Development Lead, U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

Elana Duffy

CEO, Founder, Pathfinder Labs Inc.

Colin Dunn

CEO and Founder, Fend Incorporated

Jordan Eccles

Senior Analyst, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy

Jessica Faber

New Partnerships Initiative (NPI), U.S. AID

Alexander Feild

S&T Field Advisor, DoD Technical Information Center Information Analysis Centers

Scott Ferguson

Xcelion 6T Global Product Manager, SAFT America Inc.

Peter Fonash

CTO, Option3Ventures LLC

Tim Fowler


Aaron Frank

Senior Information Scientist, RAND Corporation

Sherry Freeman

Former Learning Director, Defense Acquisition University

Vince Garcia

SBIR/STTR Program Manager, NOAA

Mike Gilger

CTO, Modus Operandi, Inc.

Tom Gillespie

Managing Partner, In-Q-Tel

Jere Glover

Executive Director, Small Business Technology Council

David Goodspeed

President, OEC Fiber

Jim Greenwood

Founder, Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.

Jordan Henry

Senior Technical Staff, Critical Infrastructure Systems R&D, Cyber Security, Sandia National Laboratories

Jerry Hollister

Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Ed Jameson

CPA, Managing Partner, Jameson & Company LLC

Jeffrey Johnson

NDW ED (Acting), Naval District Washington

Rich Julien

Public Sector Venture & Startups, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Monica Kang

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

Daniel Kim

Managing Partner, Chevron & Rockers

Carl Kutsche

Chief Technologist, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, Idaho National Laboratory

Brian LaCroix

Partner, Jameson and Company

Joel Langill

Director of Industrial Cyber Security Services, AECOM

David Lattimore

Services Director, Defense and Intelligence, Carahsoft

Matt Laudon

CEO, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, TechConnect

Thomas Layne

Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

ML Mackey

CEO and Co-Founder, Beacon Interactive

Michael Mazzocco

President & CEO, Alytic

Scott McCain

Catalyst-Operational Energy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy

Josh McClellan

Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Additive & Complex Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman

Kevin McGrath

Strategic Initiatives Manager, Mission Systems Global Supply Chain (GSC), Northrop Grumman

Ed Metz

Education Researcher, Technology Program Director, U.S. Department of Education

Karen Moore

Operational Energy Manager, U.S. Army Central (USARCENT)

Manny Oliver

Director, SBIR/STTR Program Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Craig Owens

Systems Engineer, Principal SBIR Program Manager, Lockheed Martin

Melissa Pennington

Sustainability Coordinator, Materials Management Branch, EPA

Jennifer Perusini

Founder & CEO, Neurovation Labs, Inc.

Mark Philbrick

Analyst, Allegheny Science & Technology

Caleb Phillips

Senior Scientist – Data Science Computational Sciences Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Vladimir Popov

Director, Partnership Development Office, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Riley Repko

Senior Advisor for Innovation, Office of the U.S. Air Force Secretary & Chief of Staff

April Richards

SBIR Program Manager, EPA

Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Richards

Common Support Equipment (CSE) Manager, Wright Patterson AFB,Ohio, U.S. Air Force

Paul Robinson

Chief, Energy Division, US Army Corps of Engineers

Jennifer Rocha

Executive Director - Corporate, Federal & Defense Programs, TechConnect

Paul E. Roege

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Typhoon-HIL, Inc.

Ross Roley

Energy Innovation Office Lead, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)

Harold Sanborn

Program Manager, USACE ERDC-CERL

Brett Scharringhausen

Technology Scout for the Commander, Chief, Discovery & Integration of Science & Technology, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM)

Rick Schwerdtfeger

SBIR/STTR Program Director, NSF

Eric Shields

Deputy Director for Operational Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, for Research Development & Test and Evaluation (DASN RDT&E)

Diane M. Sidebottom

Former Learning Director, Defense Acquisition University

Bob Smith

Director, SBIR/STTR, U.S. Navy

Major Eric Stangle

Assistant Program Manager, Communications and Intelligence Support Systems (PM-CISS), U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC)

Paul Staszak

BDS Technology Strategy SBIR/STTR Focal, Boeing

Brant Stoner

Manufacturing Engineer, Northrop Grumman

Sherry Stout

Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Scott Swanson

Technology Transfer Program Manager, Doolittle Institute

Benjamin Tolle

Vice President, Strategic Accounts, LBM Research Associates

Laurence Toomey

Team Leader - Energy Storage Team Ground Vehicle Power & Mobility, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command

Will van Kampen

CTO, Xoran Technologies

Joshua Watters

Product Line Manager, Northrop Grumman

Daniel Weekley

Vice President Energy Innovation Policy & Implementation, Dominion Energy

Keith Woodman

Space Technology Mission Directorate, SBIR, NASA

Michael Wu

Principal, Converge Strategies LLC


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