Defense TechConnect

OCTOBER 18-21, 2021

2021 Joint Defense and TechConnect World Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Major General David Maxwell

Vice Director for Logistics, J4, Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Department of Defense

Isabella Casillas Guzman (video remarks)

Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

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

Colonel Jay Wisham

Director, Army Applications Lab

Major Steve Lauver

Division Chief, AFWERX

Lisa Sanders

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

George Ka'iliwai, III

Director, Resources and Assessment (J8), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)

John Williams

Director of Innovation & Technology, SBA, Office of Investment & Innovation

Brad Chedister


Michael Wu

Principal, Converge Strategies


Colonel Gina Adam

Commander, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity

Becky Aistrup

Managing Partner, BBC Consulting

Mike Allison

Head of Government and Cities, Nokia North America

Kawakahi Amina

Logistics Science and Technology Lead, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)

Tyler Bennett

Project Manager for Deployed Medical Systems, U.S. Army Medical

Joe Bryan

Senior Advisor on Climate, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)

Ahmed Busnaina

WL Smith Chair, Director Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University

Makini Byron

Director of External Technology, Linde

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

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

Alf Carroll

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Black Belt, Raytheon Technologies

Susan Celis

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

Winston Chang

Creative Ideation Chief, Oasys International Corporation

Conrad Clyburn

CEO, MedForeSight

Khershed P. Cooper

Program Director, Advanced Manufacturing Program, National Science Foundation

Payel Das

Principal Research Staff Member, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center

Barry Datlof

Chief, Business Development and Commercialization for the Medical Technology Transfer Office, US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)

John David

VP, Health & Biosciences Market Development, Parsons

Harry Dreany

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

Chris Erickson

Founding General Partner, Pangaea Ventures

Anne Fischer

Program Manager, DARPA

Jake Fontana

Scientist, Naval Research Laboratory

Tim Fowler


Hans Fraaije

Chief Science Advisor, Siemens, Netherlands

Lisa E. Friedersdorf

Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Christine Galib

Senior Director, Programs, The Ion

Sean Garner

Senior Research Associate, Corning Inc.

Tom Gillespie

Managing Partner, In-Q-Tel

Anita Goel

Conference Plenary Speaker, Chairman & Scientific Director, Nanobiosym, Inc.

Bill Goldner

Senior Advisor Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, USDA Office of the Chief Scientist

Eric Griesenbrock

Lead Integrator, Air Force Digital Transformation Office (DTO), U.S. Air Force

Imre Gyuk

Director, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy

Daryl Haegley

Principal Cyber Advisor, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Ryan Hayleck

Additive Manufacturing R&D Manager, U.S. Navy

Shinichi Hirano

Chief Engineer, Hyzon Motors

Jerry Hollister

Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Sean Ireland

Vice President Business Development, Fiberlean Technologies Ltd.

Group Scientist, Procter and Gamble

Ed Jameson

Managing Partner, Jameson and Company

Mitch Klein

Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, IoT, Silicon Labs

Tom Marsh

Managing Director, Global Latex Operations, Pioneer Worldwide

Michael Mazzocco

President & CEO, Alytic

Kevin McGrath

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

Sharon Myers

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Focal, Boeing

William Niaura

Director - New Business Development, Bridgestone Americas

Craig Owens

Corporate & Aeronautics Program Mgr, Small Business Innovation Research - SBIR, Lockheed Martin

Harley Parkes

Integrated Adaptive Cyber Defense Program Lead, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Charles Paul

Vice President Technology, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Lawrence Pleis

Chief, Logistics Programs & Assessments Division (CCJ4), U.S. Central Command

G. Nagesh Rao

Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Bureau of Industry and Security U.S. Department of Commerce

Craig Rieger

Chief Control Systems Research Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory

Jennifer Rocha

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, TechConnect

Ross Roley

Energy Innovation Lead, J8, U.S. Indo Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM)

Luis Santos

Scientist, AstraZeneca

Mollie Schwartz

Staff Scientist, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Brent M. Segal

Director of Technology Collaboration and Commercialization, Lockheed Martin

Lance Sherry

Associate Professor of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, George Mason University

Jennifer Shieh

Chief Scientist and Program Manager Office of Innovation and Technology Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

Bob Smith

Director, SBIR/STTR, U.S. Navy

Paul Staszak

BDS Phantom Works Technology Strategy, Boeing

Director of Operations, Tech Warrior Enterprise

Sarah Tao

Technology Lead, Sanofi

Reginald Thomas

Deputy Director, Branch Head, Logistics Combat Element (LCE) Division, Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O), U.S. Marine Corps

Loucas Tsakalakos

Senior Engineering Manager, Space & Sensors Division, L3Harris Technologies, Inc.


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