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The Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition is a one-of-a-kind place to experience first-hand the future of the Navy and Marine Corps. Whether you see it in the Exhibit Hall, hear it during the Tech Talks or experience it during a 1-on-1 or networking event you’ll see why we are focused on Delivering Innovation.

All FST events are located on Level 2 of the Gaylord Convention Center on the same floor as the Sea-Air-Space general sessions. Visit the Exhibit Hall in the Woodrow Wilson Ballroom, listen to Tech Talks in the Annapolis meeting rooms, and experience Keynote and Panel speakers in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom. Our 1-on-1 meetings are available with our participating small business and Navy Technology Transfer representatives in the Baltimore meeting rooms – sign up here.

FST Schedule-at-a-glance

Monday, April 3, 2017

8:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

FST Exhibit Hall Open
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

FST Keynote
“It takes too long and costs too much – Building the Navy of the Future”
RADM Michael Manazir, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (OPNAV N9)
Cherry Blossom Ballroom

11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Networking Reception
Cherry Blossom Ballroom & Atrium

12:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

FST Exhibit Hall Open
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

FST “Tech Talks” – see breakout below
Annapolis 1-4

2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Technology Transfer Overview – Offices of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA)
Naval Research Lab
                  – Ms. Amanda Horansky-McKinney; Head (Acting), Technology Transfer Office
Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock
                  – Dr. Joseph Teter; Director of Technology Transfer
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport
                  – Dr. Theresa Baus; Head, Technology Partnerships Office
Annapolis 1

3:20 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

FST “Tech Talks” continue – see breakout below
Annapolis 1-4

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

8:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

FST Exhibit Hall Open
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

FST “Tech Talks” – see breakout below
Annapolis 1-4

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

FST Keynote
“Building the Future Navy Fleet”
Mr. James Smerchansky, Executive Director, Naval Sea Systems Command
Cherry Blossom Ballroom

11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Networking Reception
FST Exhibit Hall – Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

11:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

FST Exhibit Hall Open
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

FST “Tech Talks” continue – see breakout below
Annapolis 1-4

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

FST Panel
“Realizing Fleet Savings through SBIR/STTR”
Moderator:  Mr. Thomas J. Meaney, President & CEO, Mikros Systems
Chris Root, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, NAVAIR
Douglas Marker, PEO Integrated Warfare Systems, NAVSEA
Craig Owens, Technical Lead–SBIR Program, Lockheed Martin
Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.

FST Keynote Address
“Acquisition Reform and American Jobs”
The Honorable Steve Knight, U.S. House of Representatives – Member of the House Armed Services Committee; Science, Space and Technology Committee; Small Business Committee
Cherry Blossom Ballroom

8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

FST Exhibit Hall Open
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom


FST Tech Talk Presentations

Monday, April 3, 2017

1:00 P.M. – 1:40 P.M.

 

Actuators / Control Surfaces

Annapolis 1

 

Actuator motor technology, micro UAV control surface advancements, and controller technology for towed arrays

 

1:00 P.M.

Host Introduction – Sherwood Polter, Engineer, NSWCPD

 

1:10 P.M.

AVID, LLC, AF083-097 (NAVAIR)

 

1:20 P.M.

Physical Optics Corporation, N132-117 (NAVSEA)

 

1:30 P.M.

International Electronic Machines, N141-023 (NAVSEA)

 

 

 

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

 

Shipboard Systems

Annapolis 2

 

Technologies related to repairs, materials handling and storage; an interactive, wearable training device for shipboard engineering maintenance skills is demonstrated.

 

1:00 P.M.

Host Introduction – Michael Bosworth, S&T Director, PEO LCS

 

1:10 P.M.

NanoSonic, Inc., N141-052, NAVSEA

 

1:20 P.M.

Robotic Research, LLC, N131-054, NAVSEA

 

1:30 P.M.

Advanced Materials and Devices, N132-143, SSP

 

1:40 P.M.

Physical Optics Corporation, N122-131, NAVSEA

 

1:50 P.M.

AnthroTronix, Inc., N142-124, ONR

 

 

 

1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M.

 

Munitions and Weapons

Annapolis 3

 

Advanced modeling & simulation, testing and new materials are discussed

 

1:00 P.M.

Host Introduction – Dr. Venkat Manivannan, Scientist, Power and Energy Division, NAVAIR

 

1:10 P.M.

Reaction Engineering International, N10A-T002, (NAVAIR)

 

1:20 P.M.

BlazeTech Corp., N10A-T011, (NAVAIR)

 

1:30 P.M.

MATSYS, Inc., N141-072, (ONR)

 

1:40 P.M.

Mechanical Solutions, Inc., N141-007, (NAVAIR)

 

 

 

1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M.

 

Batteries

Annapolis 4

 

Lithium-ion replacement systems and high-power batteries for sonobuoys/missiles

 

1:00 P.M.

Host Introduction – TBD

 

1:10 P.M.

Bettergy Corp., N142-110 (NAVAIR)

 

1:20 P.M.

Creare, LLC, N14A-T006 (NAVAIR)

 

1:30 P.M.

MaxPower, Inc., N142-092 (NAVAIR)

 

1:40 P.M.

EIC Laboratories, Inc., N14A-T006 (NAVAIR)

 

 

 

3:20 P.M. – 4:20 P.M.

 

Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI)

Annapolis 2

 

Inspection and testing of aircraft components and fracture analysis are explored

 

3:20 P.M.

Host Introduction – Chris Root, Advanced Aircraft Technologies Integrated Program Manager, FRCSW

 

3:30 P.M.

Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc., N092-097 (NAVAIR)

 

3:40 P.M.

Prime Photonics, LC, AF141-205 (NAVAIR)

 

3:50 P.M.

Materials Research & Design, N13A-T008 (NAVAIR)

 

4:00 P.M.

Spectral Sciences, Inc., N13A-T011 (ONR)

 

4:10 P.M.

Alpha STAR, N13A-T008 (NAVAIR)

 

 

 

3:30 P.M. – 4:50 P.M.

 

Antennas, RF Technologies

Annapolis 3

 

In addition to RF detection and testing, this cluster also includes technologies on new antenna designs and waveforms

 

3:30 P.M.

Host Introduction – Bill Joo, S&T APM and WAMS Engineer, SPAWAR

 

3:40 P.M.

FIRST RF Corporation, N131-007 (NAVAIR)

 

3:50 P.M.

H6 Systems, Inc., N122-127 (NAVAIR)

 

4:00 P.M.

Pacific Antenna Systems, N141-015 (NAVAIR)

 

4:10 P.M.

GIRD Systems, Inc., N121-097 (ONR)

 

4:20 P.M.

EpiSys Science, Inc., N141-065 (ONR)

 

4:30 P.M.

Applied Signals Intelligence, N142-114 (ONR)

 

4:40 P.M.

Bascom Hunter Technologies, N112-170 (SPAWAR)

 

 

 

3:40 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

 

Energy Technologies

Annapolis 4

 

Advances in energy harvesting and storage, fuel cells, solar, and power conversion

 

3:40 P.M.

Host Introduction – Mike Peretti, Sr. Staff Engineer, GE Aviation

 

3:50 P.M.

Candent Technologies Incorporated, N132-086 (MARCOR)

 

4:00 P.M.

Agiltron Corporation, N14A-T003 (NAVAIR)

 

4:10 P.M.

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc., N142-116 (ONR)

 

4:20 P.M.

API Engineering, LLC, N101-081 (ONR)

 

4:30 P.M.

Atrex Energy, Inc., N131-067 (ONR)

 

4:40 P.M.

Electric Drivetrain Technologies, LLC, N13A-T028 (ONR)

 

4:50 P.M.

Global Technology Connection, Inc., N141-073 (ONR)

 

 

 

3:50 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

 

Advanced Materials

Annapolis 1

 

Includes composites and alloys, plus a contamination-resistant bearing technology

 

3:50 P.M.

Host Introduction – Terri Marsico, Business Consultant, ATSI

 

4:00 P.M.

Engineering & Software System Solutions (ES3), Inc., AF071-320 (NAVAIR)

 

4:10 P.M.

Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, N142-103 (NAVAIR)

 

4:20 P.M.

San Diego Composites, Inc., N142-097 (NAVAIR)

 

4:30 P.M.

Triton Systems, Inc., N131-016 (NAVAIR)

 

4:40 P.M.

Materials Research & Design, N142-119 (ONR)

 

4:50 P.M.

QuesTek Innovations, LLC, N141-062 (ONR)

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

 

Maritime Sensors & Systems

Annapolis 1

 

Sensors and technologies that support or enhance sonar, sonobuoys and unmanned platforms used in maritime detection; plus a new Contaminated Water Diving System design

 

9:00 A.M.

Host Introduction – Alf Carroll, SBIR Black Belt, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

 

9:10 A.M.

Area I, Inc., N141-014 (NAVAIR)

 

9:20 A.M.

QuSpin, N141-004 (NAVAIR)

 

9:30 A.M.

Paragon Space DeveloP.M.ent Corporation, CBD02-201 (NAVSEA)

 

9:40 A.M.

Daniel H. Wagner, Associates, Incorporated, N141-039 (NAVSEA)

 

9:50 A.M.

Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc., N141-056 (NAVSEA)

 

10:00 A.M.

Tetramer Technologies, LLC, N132-137 (ONR)

 

10:10 A.M.

Analysis, Design & Diagnostics, Inc., N141-070 (ONR)

 

10:20 A.M.

SeaLandAire Technologies, Inc., N142-117 (ONR)

 

 

 

9:00 A.M. – 9:50 A.M.

 

Transparent Materials, Armor

Annapolis 3

 

In addition to transparent armor materials, this cluster also includes optical and RF transparent materials

 

9:00 A.M.

Host Introduction – Ryan Hoffman, ONR Code 35, High-Power Electromagnetics (HPEM) & Counter Directed Energy Weapons (CDEW)

 

9:10 A.M.

Rock West Composites, Inc., N101-034 (NAVAIR)

 

9:20 A.M.

Karagozian and Case, Inc., N121-066 (NAVSEA)

 

9:30 A.M.

CeraNova Corporation, N102-163 (NSMA)

 

9:40 A.M.

Transparent Armor Solutions, N131-073 (ONR)

 

 

 

9:10 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

 

Directed Energy & Countermeasures

Annapolis 4

 

Power, energy & electronic/microwave technologies for directed energy, non-lethal & Electronic Warfare (EW) systems

 

9:10 A.M.

Host Introduction – Dave Law, Technology Division Chief & Chief Scientist, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, MARCORSYSCOM

 

9:20 A.M.

CFD Research Corporation, N132-084 (MARCOR)

 

9:30 A.M.

RadiaBeam Technologies, LLC, N132-087 (MARCOR)

 

9:40 A.M.

TeraDiode, Inc. / Forward Photonics, N142-093 (NAVAIR)

 

9:50 A.M.

American Superconductor, N132-127 (ONR)

 

10:00 A.M.

Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc., N132-129 (ONR)

 

10:10 A.M.

Metamagnetics, Inc., N141-060 (ONR)

 

10:20 A.M.

SI2 Technologies, Inc., N121-104 (SPAWAR)

 

 

 

9:20 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.

 

C2 Systems & User Interfaces

Annapolis 2

 

Maritime and aviation display systems are exhibited along with mission planning system advancements (JMPS)

 

9:20 A.M.

Host Introduction – Chan Saunders, Supplier Innovation, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

 

9:30 A.M.

Charles River Analytics, Inc., N141-019 (NAVAIR)

 

9:40 A.M.

Signal Processing, Inc., N111-022 (NAVAIR)

 

9:50 A.M.

ASSETT, Inc., N141-022 (NAVSEA)

 

10:00 A.M.

Rite-Solutions, N101-047 (NAVSEA)

 

10:10 A.M.

Systems Technology, Inc., N132-133 (ONR)

 

 

 

9:50 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

 

Vehicle Technologies

Annapolis 3

 

Tactical vehicle safety and efficiency technologies

 

9:50 A.M.

Host Introduction – Jonathan Carpenter, Deputy Director, Technology Transition Office, MARCORSYSCOM

 

10:00 A.M.

BlazeTech Corp., N132-085 (MARCOR)

 

10:10 A.M.

Electro-Mechanical Associates, N133-148 (MARCOR)

 

10:20 A.M.

Poseidon Systems, LLC, N133-149 (MARCOR)

 

 

 

1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M.

 

Modeling & Simulation / Analysis Tools – Aviation & Engine Applications

Annapolis 1

 

Aircraft engine and timing applications are discussed in this cluster subset

 

1:00 P.M.

Host Introduction – Allen Barta, SBIR/STTR Focal Point for Engineering & Technology, Rolls-Royce Corporation/Liberty Works

 

1:10 P.M.

Intelligent Automation, Inc., N14A-T005 (NAVAIR)

 

1:20 P.M.

Optimal Solutions Software, LLC, N13A-T002 (NAVAIR)

 

1:30 P.M.

ColdQuanta, N13A-T018 (ONR)

 

1:40 P.M.

Imaging Systems Technology, N13A-T012 (ONR)

 

 

 

1:00 P.M. – 1:50 P.M.

 

Intelligence & Data Fusion Applications

Annapolis 4

 

Innovative software solutions for data fusion, crowd sourcing, enterprise data and object detection

 

1:00 P.M.

Host Introduction – Michael McComas, SBIR Liaison, BAE Systems

 

1:10 P.M.

Mayachitra, Inc., N14A-T008 (NAVAIR)

 

1:20 P.M.

Real-Time Innovations, N141-046 (NAVSEA)

 

1:30 P.M.

Charles River Analytics, Inc., N131-063 (ONR)

 

1:40 P.M.

Knowledge Based Systems, Inc., N112-152 (ONR)

 

 

 

1:20 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

 

Radar Technologies

Annapolis 2

 

Amplifiers, phase shifters and clutter reduction are discussed

 

1:20 P.M.

Host Introduction – Tom Markarian, Strategy & Business Development, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

 

1:30 P.M.

Upstate Scientific, N141-003 (NAVAIR)

 

1:40 P.M.

Daico Industries, Inc., N131-049 (NAVSEA)

 

1:50 P.M.

Nuvotronics, Inc., N141-034 (NAVSEA)

 

 

 

2:00 P.M. – 3:20 P.M.

 

Training Systems

Annapolis 3

 

Wearable sensors, image generators, desktop systems and virtual trainers

 

2:00 P.M.

Host Introduction – TBD

 

2:10 P.M.

GameSim, Inc., N141-006 (NAVAIR)

 

2:20 P.M.

Applied Research in Acoustics, LLC, N141-028 (NAVSEA)

 

2:30 P.M.

enomalies, N132-130 (ONR)

 

2:40 P.M.

Vivonics, Inc., N14A-T019 (ONR)

 

3:00 P.M.

PhaseSpace, Inc., N09-T021 (ONR)

 

3:10 P.M.

Sonalysts, Inc., N131-078 (SPAWAR)

 

 

 

2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M.

 

Intelligence & Data Fusion Applications – DCGS Focus

Annapolis 4

 

Four projects specifically applicable to the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N)

 

2:00 P.M.

Host Introduction – Michael McComas, SBIR Liaison, BAE Systems

 

2:10 P.M.

Jove Sciences, Inc., N132-135 (ONR)

 

2:20 P.M.

Securboration, Inc., N14A-T024 (ONR)

 

2:30 P.M.

Systems & Technology Research, N142-122 (ONR)

 

2:40 P.M.

Jove Sciences, Inc., N101-101 (SPAWAR)

 

 

 

2:10 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

 

Optical Fiber / Laser Technologies

Annapolis 2

 

Technologies related to laser/optical fiber replacement of traditional cable in aircraft sensors and systems

 

2:10 P.M.

Host Introduction – Mark Beranek, Photonics & Electronics Branch, AIR 4.5

 

2:20 P.M.

EM Photonics, Incorporated, N101-030 (NAVAIR)

 

2:30 P.M.

Freedom Photonics, LLC, N141-013 (NAVAIR)

 

2:40 P.M.

Orbits Lightwave, Inc., N141-005 (NAVAIR)

 

2:50 P.M.

PROMET International, Inc. / Promet Optics, N092-118 (NAVAIR)

 

 

 

2:40 P.M. – 3:40 P.M.

 

Modeling & Simulation / Analysis Tools – Maritime System Applications

Annapolis 1

 

This is a broad cluster covering maintenance and damage assessments as well as ship design and acquisition analysis

 

2:40 P.M.

Host Introduction – Steven Southard, Deputy Group Director, NAVSEA Technology Office

 

2:50 P.M.

Anchor Technology, Inc., N132-108 (NAVSEA)

 

3:00 P.M.

Applied Technical Systems, Inc., N141-037 (NAVSEA)

 

3:10 P.M.

Cybernet Systems Corporation, N141-050 (NAVSEA)

 

3:20 P.M.

SimVentions, Inc., N141-055 (NAVSEA)

 

3:30 P.M.

ATA Engineering, Inc., N141-032 (NAVSEA)

 

 

 

3:10 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

 

Atmospheric / Weather Sensing Technologies

Annapolis 2

 

Technologies for sensing aircraft icing conditions as well as atmospheric assessment of laser operations

 

3:10 P.M.

Host Introduction – Greg Makrakis, Advanced Development IPTL, NAVAIR PMA-266

 

3:20 P.M.

FIRST RF Corporation, N142-101 (NAVAIR)

 

3:30 P.M.

Physical Sciences, Inc., N131-046 (NAVSEA)

 

3:40 P.M.

Innovative Dynamics, Inc., N142-101 (NAVAIR)

 

3:50 P.M.

Charles River Analytics, Inc., N142-121 (ONR)

 

 

 

3:10 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

 

Maritime Autonomy

Annapolis 4

 

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) technologies are discussed

 

3:10 P.M.

Host Introduction – Dr. Jon Magnuson, Boeing Defense System SBIR Technical Focal

 

3:20 P.M.

Hydronalix, Inc., N102-182 (NAVAIR)

 

3:30 P.M.

Boston Engineering Corporation, N08-T030 (ONR)

 

3:40 P.M.

Adaptive Methods, Inc., N131-044 (NAVSEA)

 

3:50 P.M.

Daniel H. Wagner, Associates, Incorporated, OSD06-UM1 (ONR)

(Current as of March 27, 2017)


SPEAKERS

KEYNOTES

The Department of the Navy’s Forum for SBIR/STTR is pleased to three exceptional Keynote Speakers for this year’s event.  Please join us Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom to hear RADM Michael Manazir and Mr. James Smerchansky, respectively, as they discuss building the future Navy – with the help of SBIR/STTR.  Following both events, through the generosity of our Sponsors, FST invites you stick around to meet the speakers and our Small Businesses for a networking reception.  Monday’s reception will be in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom, Tuesday’s will be inside our Exhibit Hall.  Finally, we are honored once again to hear from the Honorable Steve Knight, Congressman for California’s 25th District, as he brings the unique perspective from being on the House Armed Services Committee, Science Space and Technology Committee, and the Small Business Committee.  Representative Knight speaks in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5th.

Rear Admiral Michael C. Manazir
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems
(OPNAV N9)

Rear Adm. Mike Manazir entered the U.S. Naval Academy from Mission Viejo, California, and graduated in 1981. He earned his Naval Aviation wings in April 1983 and deployed in the F-14A in July 1984.
Manazir commanded the Tomcatters of Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 from June 1997 to September 1998, USS Sacramento (AOE1) from January 2003 to July 04, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) from March 2007 to August 2009 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 embarked in USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) from September 2011 to June 2013.
Prior to squadron command, his afloat tours included service as a fighter pilot and landing signal officer aboard various aircraft carriers on the west coast. Following Navy Nuclear Power Training, Manazir served as the executive officer of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) from July 2001 to December 2002.
Ashore, Manazir served as an action officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, on the chief of naval operations staff as F-14 requirements officer and for the commander, Naval Air Forces as the assistant chief of staff for readiness.
As a flag officer, Manazir served as director, strike aircraft, weapons and carrier programs on the chief of naval operations staff (N880) from August 2009 to September 2011 and on the chief of naval operations staff as the director, Air Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N98) from July 2013 to May 2016. 
Manazir qualified in the F-14A/D and F/A-18E/F aircraft and has flown more than 3,750 hours and 1,200 arrested landings during 15 deployments aboard aircraft carriers on both coasts.
Manazir currently serves as the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, OPNAV N9, on the staff of the chief of naval operations. In this capacity, he is responsible for the integration of manpower, training, sustainment, modernization, research and development and procurement of the Navy’s warfare systems.
Manazir is the recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Legion of Merit (six awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and the Strike/Flight Air Medal (two awards).

 

 

Mr. James Smerchansky
Executive Director
Naval Sea Systems Command

Mr. James Smerchansky was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2006 and is currently the Executive Director of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). As NAVSEA’s senior civilian, Mr. Smerchansky leads and directs daily business operations for a command comprised of more than 72,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the technical authority, development, acquisition, and lifecycle support of U.S. Navy Ships and Integrated Warfare Systems. Mr. Smerchansky’s duties also include development and execution of NAVSEA’s long-term strategies business strategies.
Prior to coming to NAVSEA, Mr. Smerchansky served Executive Director, Marine Corps Systems Command from 2014 to 2016. In this position, he served as the senior civilian official responsible for leading and directing daily business operations for the command.  From 2009-2014, Mr. Smerchansky served as Chief Engineer of the Marine Corps and Deputy Commander, Systems Engineering, Interoperability, Architectures and Technology leading Marine Air Ground Task Force systems engineering and integration efforts and ensuring Marine Corps systems interoperate with coalition and Joint Forces.
Prior to reporting to Marine Corps Systems Command, Mr. Smerchansky served as the Director for Above Water Sensor and the Director of Technology Development and Transition in Program Executive Officer, Integrated Warfare Systems.
Mr. Smerchansky began his career at the Naval Sea Combat Systems Engineering Station in Norfolk, Va., as an in-service engineer on Submarine Combat Systems. In 1989, he transferred to NAVSEA where he held various engineering and program management positions.
From 2002 - 2004, Mr. Smerchansky was the science and technology advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he assisted and advised the Commander in the identification of technologies having a critical impact on combat readiness.
Upon returning to Washington, D.C., in 2004, Mr. Smerchansky became the Deputy Executive Director for Undersea Technology at the Naval Sea Systems Command. He was responsible for identifying opportunities to merge evolving technologies into the development of ongoing or planned programs, and to assess and implement initiatives for applications of technological innovations into existing fleet operational platforms.
Mr. Smerchansky holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University and a Masters in engineering Management from Old Dominion University

 

 

The Honorable Steve Knight
Congressman
25th District of California

Born at Edwards Air Force Base, Representative Steve Knight has called the Antelope Valley home for most of his life.
He is a veteran of the United States Army and the Los Angeles Police Department, and previously served on the Palmdale City Council as well as in the California State Legislature.
As a member U.S. House of Representatives, Steve sits on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, and the House Small Business Committee.
Steve proudly represents the Santa Clarita, Simi, and Antelope Valleys. He currently lives in the Antelope Valley with his wife Lily. They have two sons, Christopher and Michael.

 

 



PANEL DISCUSSION

This year FST is pleased to offer a diverse group of Panelists discussing how SBIR/STTR technologies are becoming an increasingly more important aspect in fleet readiness and modernization – and realizing cost savings.  Moderated by the leader of a small business leading this charge, the panel includes representation from NAVAIR, NAVSEA and the Defense Prime industry.  This panel is presented Tuesday, April 4th, at 4:00 p.m. in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom.

Mr. Thomas J. Meaney
President & CEO
Mikros Systems

Tom Meaney has been President and CEO of Mikros Systems since the company's inception.  Prior to Mikros, Tom was Senior Vice President and Director of Robotic Vision Systems Incorporated (“RVSI”), a manufacturer of robotic vision systems. Before that, he was Vice President, International Business Development, for Norden Systems and President of Norden Systems Canada, both divisions of United Technologies Corporation and developers of computer and electronic products and systems. Tom has led numerous research and development efforts in the areas of Radar and Radio Frequency Engineering, and has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

Chris Root
Advanced Technology and Innovation IPT Lead
Office of Research and Technology Applications
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

Chris leads FRCSW’s Advanced Technology and Innovation Team.  This cross functional team includes engineers, logisticians, and industrial production artisans who are aircraft sustainment subject matter experts and work to identify, develop, and champion innovative, cost-effective solutions to meet the evolving needs of the Naval Aviation Enterprise.  Chris’s team engages with industry, academia and other federal agencies, including Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) companies to successfully transition technology to improve aircraft reliability and enhance maintenance processes.   Chris worked with the Office of Naval Research to establish FRCSW as Navy Federal Laboratory in 2011 and was appointed as the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) where he is responsible for Technical Transfer (T2) functions including: Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, Educational Partnership Agreements, Partnership Intermediary Agreements, and patent & licensing activity.
Prior to his current position, Chris spent 20 years in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility supporting the fleet and depot production customers across a variety of airframes.   Chris served as project leader for the Navy’s F-5, T-38, and F-16N Adversary Platforms; E-2/C-2 Airframes Team Leader; Fighter-Attack Strength Branch Head; and Structures Division Head.

 

 

Douglas Marker
Technology Manager
PEO Integrated Warfare Systems
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

Mr. Douglas L. Marker is the Technology Manager of the Navy Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS). Currently, he manages PEO IWS activities in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF), and Automatic Test and Analysis (ATA) programs.  At the NAVSEA SYSCOM level he is serving as the RIF Execution Manager.
At the Joint level, he served as a Charter Member of the BMDO (now MDA) Joint Technology Board (JTB) which assisted BMDO in developing its first Master Technology Plan. Other multi-service assignments include Chairman of the Carbon Fiber Tri-Service Risk Analysis Committee, Test Engineer for Tri-Service Quick Response Effort during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, and member of the Tri-Service Chaff Committee.
He has served as the Technology Director of two former Navy Program Executive Offices, PEO TAD and PEO TSC.  These organizations represented the acquisition offices for Navy Surface Weapons Systems including Navy Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Systems. Mr. Marker was responsible for identifying new technologies that responded to PEO system needs identified through system engineering processes. He directed the establishment of the Technology Information Center at NSWCDD. He interacted with Services, ONR, the former BMDO, Senior Management, Program Managers, Fleet Representatives, Sponsors, Navy System Commanders, Field Activities and Industry to align support and resources for the transition of technologies into PEO systems. He represented the Program Executive Offices in technology programs such as FNC, RTT, TIPS, DACS, ATD, ACTD, JCTD, SBIR/STTR, ManTech, ATRT, DUAP, and Affordability. Additionally, he represented these Offices at various formal technology related forums such as OSD TARAs and ONR annual technology reviews.  In FY12, he was tasked to stand up the NAVSEA RIF program.
Mr. Marker has been instrumental in initiating several technology efforts and establishing their funding. Examples include SBIR transition rates on the order of 54% in PEO IWS, multiple ATDs, Polymorphous Computer Architecture/HiPer-D effort, CTO Reactive Materials Enhanced Warhead Deal, and Rapid Technology Transition Deals. He was officially recognized for his role in the establishment of the CTO ‘Deal’ by Dr. Buchanan, DASN (RDA), January 2001. He has also received the Civilian Meritorious Service Award for his leadership and success in advocating and pursuing technology transition.
Mr. Marker received his bachelor degree from Weber State College and master degree from the University of Virginia, both in physics. He is married to the former Kathleen Reeve. They have eight children.

 

 

Craig Owens
Technical Lead – SBIR Program
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Craig currently serves as Lockheed Martin’s Corporate Engineering and Technology Technical Lead for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program as well as the Program Manager for SBIR program at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.  Craig is based out of Ft. Worth, TX and for Aeronautics supports the other Lockheed Martin Aeronautics sites at Marietta, GA and Palmdale, CA. He has served in this position since May of 2007. 
Craig has 28 years of experience at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.  He began his career in Fort Worth, TX, in 1989 as an Operations Analyst on the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) program.  During his tenure at the company, he has performed a variety of roles within the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics organization, including serving as the Deputy Lead for the F-35 Prognostic and Health Management Demonstration team during the Demonstration Phase of the program.  Craig also spent two years as the Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) and served a total of nine years in various roles on the F-35 Vehicle Design and Development team.  Prior to working on the F-35 program, he worked as a maintainability design engineer on the F-16 program.  Craig earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR in 1987 and 1989, respectively.  He also earned his MBA in Management from the University of Dallas in 1994. 
Craig also serves on the Board of Directors for TECH For Worth, which is a civic and corporately sponsored technology start up incubator which provides North Texas innovators, entrepreneurs, and research scientists with mentoring, guidance, and funding.  Lockheed Martin is a corporate sponsor of TECH Fort Worth.  Craig currently resides in Aledo, TX, with his wife, Sophie, and their three children. 

 



NAVY TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OVERVIEW
OFFICES OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS (ORTA)

This year we are highlighting 11 Navy-funded research initiatives available through Technology Transfer opportunities.  Thank you to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, and Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport for sharing information about their projects, facilities and capabilities.


Amanda Horansky-McKinney
Head (Acting), Technology Transfer Office
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Ms. Horansky-McKinney heads the Technology Transfer Office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and is responsible for activities relating to the coordination of the transfer of NRL's wide array of technologies to the private sector for commercial and defense applications.
She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and was awarded an M.B.A. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

Dr. Joseph Teter
Director of Technology Transfer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division

Dr. Teter leads the Technology Transfer office and oversees the NSWC Carderock activists related to developing Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), patent licensing agreements and Science Technology Engineering & Math engagements. 

Dr. Theresa Baus
Head, Technology Partnerships Office
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport

As Head, Technology Partnerships Office (TPO), Dr. Baus is Division Newport's senior advisor on matters related to strategic partnering.  TPO encompasses all aspects of partnering activities with industry, academia, state and local governments and other federal laboratories including Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Work for Private Party (WPP) agreements, patent licensing, Education Partnership Agreements and inter-governmental support agreements.



TECH TALK HOSTS

This year we asked our small businesses to give a short, 10-minute glimpse of their company, technology and impact to the Navy.  We clustered their presentations into one of twenty one technology or focus areas – what we refer to as “Tech Talks”.  We asked industry and Navy experts from these technology focus areas to introduce these areas, describe their significance to the Navy and industry, and provide their own perspective on the technology.  We are grateful to the following individuals for supporting this initiative.


ACTUATORS / CONTROL SURFACES

Sherwood Polter
Engineer & Technical Point of Contact (TPOC)
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)

Mr. Sherwood Polter serves as the Technical Point of Contact for Topic N141-023; his background is submarine engineering.

 

 

ADVANCED MATERIALS

Dr. Terri Marsico
SBIR/STTR Business Consultant; Subject Expert on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
American Technology Solutions International (ATSI)

Physical Metallurgist/Materials Scientist (PhD) having extensive successful DoD Technical and Technology Program Management experience in aerospace, renewable energy, high power lasers (solid-state and gas), and advanced manufacturing technologies. Focus on customer needs and requirements, team building and capabilities, technology transition and implementation into production environments.
29 years experience in Physical Metallurgy, Laser and Laser Materials Process Development and Product Implementation (i.e., directed energy, laser welding, cladding, drilling (including ultra short pulse), shock peening and cutting) in DoD and commercial applications. Broad experience in the application of alloy development, phase transformations and materials characterization techniques such as light microscopy, transmission and scanning electron microscopies, electron microprobe analysis to metals and alloys.

 

 

ANTENNAS, RF TECHNOLOGIES

William Joo
Assistant Program Manager, Science and Technology (S&TAPM ) and WAMS Engineer
PEO C4I, SPAWAR

Bill Joo is an S&T APM for PEO C4I and PMW/A-170; his focus is mostly on communications and navigation systems research.  He is also the formal Lead Engineer for the Navy Multi-band Terminal's Wideband Anti-jam Modem System (WAMS), providing general system engineering oversight and joint technical liaison for this major program.   "I'm an ardent supporter of defense related research being performed by small to large businesses. I seek to find innovative research that possess significant implications on warfighter's ability to complete missions and have the potential for transition to the commercial market place. "

 

 

ATMOSPHERIC / WEATHER SENSING TECHNOLOGIES

Greg Makrakis
Advanced Development Integrated Product Team Lead
Multi-Mission Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-266), NAVAIR

Greg Makrakis is a Product Team Lead in the Multi-Mission Tactical UAS Program Office at NAVAIR (PMA-266).  One of his key focus areas is the MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

 

 

BATTERIES

Dr. Venkat Manivannan
Scientist, Power and Energy Division
AIR 4.4.5, NAVAIR

Dr. Venkat Manivannan is a scientist and team lead in NAVAIR's Power and Energy Division.  His focus area is battery technologies.

 

 

C2 SYSTEMS & USER INTERFACES

Chan Saunders
Supplier Innovation
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

Chan Saunders is a Senior Principal Systems Engineer at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, responsible for Supplier Innovation.

 

 

DIRECTED ENERGY & COUNTERMEASURES

David B. Law
Technology Division Chief & Chief Scientist
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD)

Dave Law is the Technology Division Chief for the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate at Quantico, Virginia

 

 

ENERGY TECHOLOGIES

Mike Peretti
Director, Matierals & Manufacturing Advanced Programs
Sr. Staff Engineer, Military Propulsion and Power Engineering
GE Aviation

Mr. Peretti is Director of Materials & Manufacturing Advanced Programs for GE Aviation’s Engineering Division.   In this capacity he is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing technology-based engagement between GE Aviation and its external customers and partners including metals, ceramic & polymer composites, and advanced manufacturing. 
Mike is a subject matter expert in vacuum melting and alloying, gas atomization and powder processing, and fully dense powder-based net- and near-net shape manufacturing processes.  He has numerous publications and holds several patents in these fields.

 

 

INTELLIGENCE & DATA FUSION APPLICATIONS

Michael McComas
SBIR Liaison
BAE Systems Electronic Systems

Michael is a Proposal Manager for BAE Systems Electronic Systems based in Nashua, NH, and he also supports the BAE Systems Innovation Center as an advisor on SBIR best practices. Prior to joining BAE Systems in 2015, Michael had over 10 years' experience as a small business proposal manager, writer, and SBIR proposal trainer at iRobot Corporation, Scientific Systems, and as a private consultant to several small businesses.

 

 

M & S / ANALYSIS TOOLS - Aviation & Engine Applications

Allen Barta
SBIR/STTR – Focal Point for Engineering & Technology
Rolls-Royce Corporation / Liberty Works

Allen develops external partnerships to advance technology maturation and integration into aerospace and marine systems.  As the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) focal point for the Engineering & Technology organization, he seeks to help match and foster emerging technologies with current and future commercialization opportunities across Rolls-Royce.

 

 

M & S / ANALYSIS TOOLS - Maritime System Applications

Steven Southard
Deputy Group Director
NAVSEA Technology Office

Steven Southard is the Deputy Group Director of the Naval Sea Systems Command Technology Office (SEA 05T)

 

 

MARITIME AUTONOMY

Dr. Jon Magnuson
SBIR Technical Focal
Boeing Defense System

Dr. Jon Magnuson has been the Boeing Defense System (BDS) SBIR Technical Focal since March 2015.  In his SBIR Focal role he promotes the integration of SBIR technology into BDS products.  Dr. Magnuson joined Boeing’s Space and Intelligence Systems Division in 1998. He worked for seventeen (17) years as part of the Advanced Concepts Team developing prototypes for potential new business. His specialty is in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Recognizance (ISR) Systems.
Dr Magnuson joined a Small Business, Nichols Research Corporation (NRC), right after college. At NRC, he worked for twelve (12) years as a design engineer on SBIR awards, supported the Air Force Space Missile Command as a System Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) contractor, and developed missile tracking and discrimination algorithms for Prime Contractors TRW and Boeing. Dr Magnuson was also the Architect of the Missile Tracking and Target Classification Software for the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX).
Dr. Magnuson graduated with a Ph D in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1985. He also holds both a Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics.

 

 

MARITIME SENSORS & SYSTEMS

Alf Carroll
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Black Belt
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS)

Alf Carroll is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Black Belt at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) where he specializes in new technology program insertion.  As a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer, Alf works in both Advanced Technology Programs (ATP) and Supplier Innovation (SI) engineering teams. Alf has also led many Technology projects including Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (AT/FP), Ballistic Protection, Naval Systems, Anti-Tamper and Energy Security/Assurance. Enabled by Raytheon’s tremendous support and a positive ‘Lean Forward’ engineering culture, Alf also supports the ZUMWALT Destroyer and Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).
Alf is a passionate champion and technical leader of SBIR programs across Raytheon, DOD and DOE. In this role, he promotes “outside the box” concepts and innovative solutions that enable collaboration with Subject Matter Experts, Technology Directors, energy experts, Program Managers, Universities, and many small businesses.
Before coming to Raytheon in 2003, Alf held engineering and leadership positions at General Dynamics/EB, C.S. Draper Laboratory, Sippican, and Communica, the latter two being small businesses. Technology domains spanned Submarines, UUV’s, Torpedo Defense, F/O Telemetry, and OS/Embedded SW R&D.
Alf earned an MS in Ocean Engineering from MIT while a C.S. Draper Fellow and a BS in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from Northeastern University, preceded by 2 years at the US Coast Guard Academy.

 

 

MUNITIONS & WEAPONS

Kurt McIntyre
Sr. Market Analyst and Business Development Operations
Orbital ATK

Kurt McIntyre finds solutions to Orbital ATK's needs in SBIR.  He is a Business Development expert in their Technical Services Division, located near the University of Maryland in Greenbelt.

 

 

NON-DESTRUCTIVE INSPECTION (NDI)

Chris Root
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, NAVAIR

See above, under Panel Discussion.

 

 

OPTICAL FIBER / LASER TECHNOLOGIES

Mark Beranek
Department Head
Photonic and Electronic Systems Branch, NAVAIR

Mark is a strong proponent of SBIR and connecting Small Businesses with the Warfighter and the Defense Industry. He identified four main objectives as he facilitates a connection between the Navy and the small business. The first is to make the requirements clear at the start of the Phase II project; the clearer the project and purpose, the more efficient the company will perform. Mark also emphasizes the importance of introductions to the community, whether military or contractor or standards organizations or professional engineering organizations. He works hard to get the small business linked in with the fleet or prime contractors - without those key introductions, some of the businesses lose their focus or do not perform as well as they could. It is also important for the program office sponsors to maintain communication with the small business, continuously acting as a guide and mentor. Finally .... "You've got to have passion for what you are doing and what the small business researchers are doing."

 

 

RADAR TECHNOLOGIES

Thomas Markarian
Strategy and Business Development
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Tom Markarian is an Engineer with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems; his focus is Strategy and Business Development in airborne sensing systems.

 

 

SHIPBOARD SYSTEMS

Michael Bosworth
S&T Director
PEO LCS

Mr. Michael Bosworth is the S&T Director for Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships.  In this role he works to discover, develop, and deliver decisive naval capabilities, near- to long-term, by investing in a balanced portfolio of breakthrough research, innovative technology, and talented people for the PEO LCS program.

 

 

TRAINING SYSTEMS

Name Pending

 

 

 

TRANSPARENT MATERIALS, ARMOR

Ryan Hoffman
Research Physicist, Naval Research Laboratory
Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Ryan Hoffman is a Research Physicist with the Naval Research Laboratory where his research has focused on advanced instrumentation and diagnostic development, novel materials research and pulsed power development while serving as Test and Evaluation Lead for the US Navy Electromagnetic Railgun program. He has been detailed to the Office of Naval Research since 2010 and serves as Program Officer in the areas of Maritime Weapons of Mass Destruction Detection (M-WMD-D) and High Power Radio Frequency (HPRF) Systems for ONR Code 35 - Naval Air Warfare and Weapons. He holds a B.S. in Physics, a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Physics from Penn State University with a focus on High Energy Particle Physics.

 

 

VEHICLE TECHOLOGIES

Jonathan Carpenter
Deputy Director, Technology Transition Office
Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC)

Prior to his current position Jon Carpenter was a lead engineer for Expeditionary Power Systems (EPS) at Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC).

 

 

 

 

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