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Innovation Policy Forum
U.S. India Roundtable on Manufacturing Innovation
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Room 120
Washington, DC
September 9, 2015
For more information, contact Natacha Montgomery at

The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs Committee Meeting

500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC
September 10, 2015

Christine Mirzayan
Science & Technology
Fellowship Program

STEP will host a Mirzayan fellow beginning January 2016. Apply today.

For more information, contact Paul Beaton at

Building the Arkansas Innovation Economy



 Session 1: The Global Challenge and the Opportunity for Arkansas

--The Innovation Imperative and Global Practices
Charles Wessner, The National Academies

--Evolution of Innovation in Arkansas
Watt Gregory, Executive Committee Chair, Accelerate Arkansas

 Session 2: Cluster Opportunities for Arkansas

--Arkansas and the New Energy Economy
Paul Suskie, Chairman of Public Service Commission

--Federal-State Synergies
Gilbert Sperling, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy

--Research in Advanced Power Electronics
Alan Mantooth, Director, University of Arkansas’s National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission

--Arkansas’s Role in Energy Transmission Management
Nick Brown, President and CEO, Southwest Power Pool

 Session 2: Cluster Opportunities for Arkansas (Continued)

--The Obama Administration Cluster Initiative 
Ginger Lew, White House National Economic Council

Greg Salamo, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Session 3: Federal and State Programs and Synergies

--The Role of the Economic Development Administration
Barry Johnson, Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Economic Development Administration

--Initiatives of the Manufacturing Extension Program
Roger Kilmer, MEP Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

--University-Industry Partnerships
Marc Stanley, Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

--University-Federal Government Partnerships
Don Senich, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division, National Science Foundation

Session 4: Universities and Regional Growth  

--Arkansas STEM Coalition Activities
Michael Gealt, UALR dean of College of Sciences and Mathematics
President of Arkansas STEM Coalition

Session 5: Arkansas R&D Capacity: Universities, Research Labs, and Science Parks

--Infrastructure for High Performance Computing
Amy Apon, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

--Results and Lessons Learned from Batelle Study
Jerry Adams, President and CEO, Arkansas Research Alliance