US Air Force STTR HBCUVirtual Collider
The purpose of this event is to increase Historically Black Colleges & Universities’ (HBCU) and Minority Servicing Institutions’ (MSI) participation in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
The purpose of this event is to generate demand, to educate our target audience on the STTR program and processes, to enable networking between potential government customers and small businesses and overall to increase the HBCU participation in the STTR program. Bringing awareness to under-served communities.
Engage with HBCU/MSIs (Minority Servicing Institutions) to support the development of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) capabilities in support of Air Force needs and to alleviate competency gaps between HBCU/MSIs and traditional research universities.
To increase Historically Black Colleges & Universities’ (HBCU) and Minority Servicing Institutions’ (MSI) participation in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs
- Increase HBCU/MSIs participation in the Air Force research funding source program
- Increase research opportunities with HBCU/MSIs in Air Force competency areas
- Working with HBCU/MSIs to increase their success in competing for broader research funding sources
- Increase awareness of the AF STTR program
- Educate the target audience on the STTR program, processes, and policies
- Reduce barriers to entry
- Increase HBCU participation in STTR program
BG Heather L. Pringle
Brig. Gen. Heather L. Pringle is the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Dayton, Ohio. She is responsible for managing a $2.5 billion Air Force science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion in externally funded research and development. She is also responsible for leading a government workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the laboratory’s nine component technology directorates and the 711th Human Performance Wing. Brig. Gen. Pringle received her commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1991. She is experienced in science and technology development, acquisition program management, program and budget analysis, and installation support. In addition, Brig. Gen. Pringle promoted international relationships, interoperable capabilities and sustained engagement with partners in the Middle East and Asia during her tenure as Commander of the 555th International Materiel Squadron and while serving in Afghanistan as the Political Advisor’s Staff Director for the International Security Assistance Forces. She also provided direct support to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force as Executive Officer, assisting him in all official duties and engagements with Congress, Allies, the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, and other government agencies. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Director of Strategic Plans, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.
Ms. Anissa Lumpkin is currently the Lead Program Manager for the $140M+ Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer programs (AF SBIR/STTR) and the Air Force Research Laboratory/Small Business office (AFRL/SB). With over 18 years of Science, Technology, and Acquisition experience in the US Air Force, her service has included both active duty and reserve time in the United States Air Force. Ms. Lumpkin collaborates across the enterprise to match small business interest with AF SBIR/STTR and AFRL Science and Technology initiatives. She is an integral advisor and AFRL point of contact for networking to Air Force stakeholders. The small technology business and academia audiences will find tremendous value in her introduction to the Small Business Technology Transfer program.
Mary Margaret Evans
Ms. Mary Margaret Evans has over 20 years’ experience as an executive leader in the Department of Defense, during which she led projects on research and development, acquisition, arms control negotiations, manufacturing and industrial base policies, defense technology integration, defense reform, arms control implementation and compliance, and space and directed energy. Ms. Evans also has ten years’ experience as an executive leader in the private sector.
Mr. Dave Nestic has more than 20 years’ experience in technology company formation, incubation and development and technology economic development. He has held marketing, sales and business development positions in diverse technological fields, such as DNA probe technology, medical electronics, engineering and manufacturing automation and molecular biology. He’s also held executive roles in industry, state and nonprofit organizations, as well as has founded tech and consumer-product startups.
William Bill Harrison
Mr. William (Bill) Harrison is Director of Small Business for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He focuses on developing novel interactions between AFRL researchers, small businesses and community partners to provide innovative technologies to meet Air Force requirements and AFRL small business contract award goals. His duties include the identification of small businesses that have capabilities to meet the AFRL requirements, outreach and recruitment of small businesses to bid on AFRL solicitations, transferring and commercializing AFRL intellectual property and training scientists, engineers, and contracting officers on the small business and technology transfer programs. Prior to his appointment as the Director of Small Business, Mr. Harrison had a number of assignments. Most recently he was the Technical Advisor for Fuels and Energy and Chief of the AFRL Energy Office where he was responsible for the AFRL energy strategy and planning. He chaired or served on several interagency, national level, government, commercial and academic working groups related to energy and the environment. Other prior assignments include providing technical support to Headquarters Air Force Offices SAF/AQR (Acquisition) and SAF/IEN (Energy) as a technical advisor for fuels and energy where he authored the Acquisition and Technology portion of the Air Force Energy Plan and developed energy policy. Mr. Harrison has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from MIT. He is an Air Force Research Laboratory Fellow, a MIT Sloan Fellow and an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Lisa Coker is the CEO of Infinite Management Solutions, LLC, a woman veteran-owned certified, small business which primarily partners with middle-market and large organizations in both private and public sectors. Coker is a proud United States Air Force veteran. Throughout her career she has earned a reputation as a trusted partner, dynamic facilitator, outstanding problem-solver, and accomplished professional. A major accomplishment involved her leading a 120-member team in a strategic planning project for the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) 4-Star General Commander who oversees a $60 billion budget and over 80,000 employees. As a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner, Coker partners with C-Suite executives to develop their strategic plans and streamline operational processes resulting in reduced operational costs and improved mission effectiveness. Coker has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Organizational Change Management. She holds memberships to, Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA); Women in Business Network (WIBN); Women in Defense (WID); and Rotary Club of Dayton. The Dayton Business Journal recognized Coker as one of the region’s brightest young professionals and named her a 2018 “Forty Under 40” award winner. Coker continuously strives for excellence and gives back to her community. She was recently named to The Business Journal’s national list of Influential Young Executives, Rising Stars. Rising stars spotlights 100 people in business across the country who are having an impact relatively early in their careers on their companies and their communities. In her spare time, Coker enjoys running and traveling with her husband and three children.
Mrs. Evelyn Kent serves in several capacities within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering where she provides technical support to the Deputy Director for Research, Technology and Laboratories. She is the Department of Defense (DoD) Program Director for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program. In this capacity, she oversees the HBCU/MI Programs, which include Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and other underrepresented minority communities. These program funds support basic research, equipment and instrumentation upgrades, graduate fellowships, scholarships, research and education centers, and other activities focused on attracting underrepresented minorities to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines important to the DoD national security mission. Mrs. Kent represents the DoD on the White House Initiatives Executive Orders for HBCUs and MIs. Her career spans over 40 years of government service in the information technology, weapon systems acquisition, international affairs, environmental life sciences, and the command, control and intelligence environment. Mrs. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Southern University Baton Rouge and a Master of Science degree in Acquisitions Administration from Central Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute Leadership Program in Charlottesville, VA. Mrs. Kent is the recipient of the Department of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. Mrs. Kent’s awards also include the 2012 Women of Color STEM Career Achievement award.
Mr. Joseph Gordon is the Director for the AF Technology Transfer & Transition Program. He is responsible for linking technology and the Air Force mission with the marketplace by ensuring that Air Force science and engineering activities are transferred or shared with state and local governments, academia and industry. The exchange of knowledge, expertise, equipment, and testing facilities leverages the Department of Defense research and development investments.
Dr. Jayfus Doswell
Dr. Jayfus Tucker Doswell, is a high-tech entrepreneur and visionary futurist with a mission of improving human performance® of population, underserved and disadvantaged. Dr. Doswell earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Oberlin College with degrees in Cognitive Neuro-Psychology and Computer Science; a Masters degree in Systems and Computer Science from Howard University; and a Ph.D. degree in Information Technology from George Mason University. He is the founder, president, and CEO of Juxtopia®; a biomedical and information technology company, creators of the Juxtopia Augmented Reality (AR) platform which uses wearable technology to improve human training. To address the shortage of underrepresented minority populations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, he created a 501c3 organization, The Juxtopia Group, Inc. He also created the Juxtopia Urban Innovation and Cooperative Entrepreneurship (JUICE) Network, which guides minority companies, colleges, universities, and federal labs to transition their innovative concepts to commercial products. To expand the JUICE Network to serve the needs of underserved and disadvantaged populations worldwide, he delivered keynote addresses to organizations in China, Egypt, Finland, France, Ghana, Thailand, and Vancouver. In 2018, Juxtopia was invited to the board of director in the United Nations Association (UNA) National Capitol Area (NCA). In this role, Dr. Doswell’s JUICE Network will apply resources to address UN Global Goals. Dr. Doswell sits on several not for profit boards and is chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Health Informatics and Information Technology (HIIT) Section. He also sits on external advisory committees at colleges/universities across the United States.
Mr. Edward J. Lee is the Program Coordinator for Historically Black Colleges and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI’s) for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in Arlington, VA, one of the 9 directorates that comprise the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He is responsible for coordinating activities that provide funding support to minority institutions across the nation. Mr. Lee provides leadership, strategic direction, and oversight to universities to help make them aware of opportunities and facilitates introductions and guidance to ensure institutions of higher education are well represented within the minority community. He has a unique way of communicating and can talk to everyone to make them feel special, from students to university Presidents. Mr. Lee has taken on the task of coordinating activities with the small business programs of SBIR and STTR geared towards fostering the commercialization of products to the warfighter for the Department of Defense. Mr. Lee has worked for the AFOSR since 1997, initially overseeing the University Research Initiative program. He is now working to enhance communications between HBCU’s and MI’s to be able to compete for contracts/grants at a larger scale. Working in private industry prior to coming to AFOSR and owning his own business since 1987, EJL Associates, Ed has helped to establish and support black-owned businesses in the Washington Metropolitan area. Ed is also a graduate from an HBCU, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and in 2013 authored his first book, The Soul of Man.
Major Jared Evans
Major Jared E. Evans serves as Partner at AFVentures and AFWERX as well as serving as the Chief of Technology Transition at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in Arlington, Virginia. In these capacities, Major Evans is responsible strategic direction and execution of over $72 million in small business technology investment and leads technology transition efforts for AFOSR’s $510 million portfolio of basic research grants across 36 science and technology areas. Upon receipt of his commission from North Carolina State University in 2010, Major Evans has held a wide variety of engineering, program management, and staff positions for Air Force weapon system test and program offices. In his most senior capacities, he has served as Lead Test Engineer for a variety of US and international air-to-surface weapon programs, Lead Ordnance Engineer and Operational Test Launch Program Manager for the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), and as Chief, Commander’s Action Group, ICBM Systems Directorate, where he advised the Director and served as the focal point for command communication between the 1200-person Directorate and US government organizations. Additionally, he has served on the command staff for the Program Executive Officer for Weapons and deployed as the Partner Nation Integrator & Coalition Director of Operations in support of Operation GALLANT PHOENIX. Prior to assuming his current position, Major Evans served as Flight Commander in the 552d Air Control Wing, where he led development and global deployment of 16 enlisted and civilian personnel in support of Air Combat Command.
Terry Morris has been a technology practitioner and leader for over 20 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer and Information System from Florida A & M University. He also has a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University. He currently leads a global organization for a life sciences firm based in Indianapolis. In addition to his core technology leadership responsibilities, he has been a champion and leader in the people development and diversity efforts of Information Technology. Terry currently serves as the National President for Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), who has been “Advancing Careers from the Classroom to the Boardroom” for over 40 years. Terry has also been helping to transform has local community by serving on the Board of Directors for Martin University, the Indiana Black Expo, and he is a trustee at Mt. Zion Apostolic Church. Terry is married to Alicia Morris and they have two lovely children, Maya and Jaxon.
Thursday, August 20
Area of Interest
|1:30 – 2:20 EDT||Ms. Anissa Lumpkin||Bootcamp: Entrepreneurship Success – Tech Exchange within the Air Force|
|3:30 – 4:20||Ms. Anissa Lumpkin||On Panel: Entrepreneurship Success facilitated by Jonathan Quarles|
Friday, August 21
|9:00 – 9:05 EDT||Ms. Anissa Lumpkin||Welcome and Review of Housekeeping, Intro of Today’s Lineup of Guest Speakers|
|9:05 – 9:20||BGen Heather Pringle||Invited Keynote Speaker: Brigadier General Heather Pringle, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright Patterson Air Force Base|
|9:25 – 9:30||Mr. Terry Morris||National BDPA President’s Welcome to Conference; Review of BDPA|
|9:30 – 9:50||Mr. David Shahady||Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Director’s Presentation (AF SBIR/STTR)|
|9:50 – 10:00||Mr. David Shahady||AF SBIR/STTR Question and Answer – Submit questions utilizing the Q&A chat box|
|10:00 – 10:05||Break/Transition|
|10:05 – 10:20||Ms. Evelyn Kent||Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering/Research, Technology and Laboratories), Director, HBCU DOD Program and Outreach|
|10:20 – 10:40||Mr. William “Bill” Harrison||Air Force Research Laboratory Small Business Hub Resources at Wright Brothers Institute|
|10:40 – 11:00||Mr. Joe Gordon||United States Air Force Technology Transfer Program|
|11:00 – 11:20||Mr. Edward Lee||HBCU Initiative, Outreach, and Programs|
|11:20 – 11:40||Major Jared Evans||AFWERX: Capabilities and Engagement|
|11:40 – 12:00||Ms. Anissa Lumpkin||Morning Closing and Lunch Break|
|12:00 – 12:30||Lunch Break|
Friday, August 21
|12:30 – 12:50 EDT||Ms. Anissa Lumpkin||Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (AF STTR) 101|
|12:50 – 1:35||PANEL: Anissa Lumpkin (moderator)||Doing Business with the Government (Small Businesses) – Dr. Jayfus Doswell (Juxtopia), Mary Harris (Biotechnical Communications), Lisa Coker (Infinite Management Solutions), Dr. Reginald Parker (Optimal Technology Corporation)|
|1:35 – 1:40||Break/Transition|
|1:40 – 2:00||Ms. Mary Margaret Evans and Mr. Dave Nestic||APEX Resources for Small Business and HBCUs|
|2:00 -2:45||PANEL: Lisa Coker (moderator)||Partnership Intermediary Agreements -Best Practices: Academic Partnership Experiment (Mary Margaret Evans), Wright Brothers Institute (Meghan Sheehan), Doolittle Institute (Carolyn Fries), Basic Research Initiative Collaboration Center (Leah Haugen), NYSTEC (Evan DeGennaro)|
|3:00 – 3:45||PANEL: Mr. Edward Lee (moderator)||Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Careers Panel with HBCU Alumni: Dr. Eric Jones (AFRL/RXCCP), Ms. Rosalind Harper (AFRL/PK), Dr. Nia Peters (711 HPW/RHWS), Mr. Bryan Stevens (AFRL/DPDC)|
|3:45 – 4:00||Ms. Anissa Lumpkin||Closing: Upcoming Events & Opportunities for Engagement; Messages of Gratitude to Speakers, Partners, and Organizers|