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NASA's SBIR Community: Opportunities and Challenges

  Agenda

 June 21, 2011

 The Keck Center of the National Academies

500 5th Street, NW
Room 100
Washington, DC

   

9:15 AM          Welcome
                        Charles W. Wessner, The National Academies

 9:25 AM         Introduction
                        The Honorable Jacques Gansler, University of Maryland, and Chair of NRC SBIR Committee

9:40 AM          The NASA Perspective
                          Robert Braun, Chief Technologist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

10:00 AM        Panel I: Achievements and Challenges of the NASA SBIR Program
                        Moderator: Donald Cravins, Jr., Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

 

The Unique Role of SBIR in the NASA Mission

Joseph Parrish, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

                        SBIR Technology Infusion at the Centers

                        Peter Hughes, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

 

                        SBIR as Part of an Integrated R&D Portfolio

                        David Anderson, NASA Glenn Research Center

 

Discussion

 

11:00 AM        Coffee Break     

 

 11:15 AM       Panel II: Challenges for Small Business in the NASA Space:

Problems and Proposed Solutions

Moderator: Charles Kolb, Aerodyne Research, Inc., and Member of NRC SBIR Committee

 

A New Player’s Perspective

Robert Harding, RST Bioscience

 

Comparing and Contrasting NASA and DoD Best Practices

Eric van Doorn, Intelligent Automation, Inc.

 

The Commercialization Challenge

Javier de Luis, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

 

Discussion

 

12:15 PM         Lunch

 

1:15 PM           Luncheon Remarks

                        Ginger Lew, White House National Economic Council

 

1:30 PM           Panel III: The University—SBIR/STTR Connection

Moderator: Christina Gabriel, University Energy Partnership

and Member of NRC SBIR Committee

 

                        University Partnerships and Participation in SBIR and STTR:

The Importance of University Leadership Alignment

                        Julie Goonewardene, University of Kansas

                       

University Partnerships and Participation in SBIR and STTR: The UCF Experience
Donald Malocha, University of Central Florida

                        Leveraging NASA Technology Development to Other Government Agencies 

Matthew Silver, Cambrian Innovation

           

                        Discussion

 

2:30 PM           Coffee Break

        

3:00 PM           Panel IV: Connecting the Mission Directorates and the Primes to SBIR

Moderator: Julia Jester, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

 

                        Connecting Primes to SBIR-supported Technologies

Dennis Fortner, Northrop Grumman

 

Opportunities and Challenges in Utilizing SBIR-supported Technologies

Jason Crusan, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

A Small Business Perspective: A Science Enabler

Chris Chapman, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation

 

Discussion

 

4:00 PM           Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: The Honorable Jacques Gansler, University of Maryland,

   and Chair of NRC SBIR Committee

 

Joseph Parrish, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Carl Ray, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Charles Kolb, Aerodyne Research, Inc., and Member of NRC SBIR Committee

Pete Linsert, Columbia Biosciences Corporation and Member of NRC SBIR Committee

 

4:45 PM           Summary Remarks

The Honorable Jacques Gansler, University of Maryland, and Chair of NRC SBIR Committee

 

5:00 PM           Adjourn