The Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will bring together small businesses, NAVSEA/NAVAIR program representatives, experts, and local organizations who have a vested interest in driving innovation through the SBIR and STTR programs.

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Wednesday December 13th
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Albuquerque Convention Center:
401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


The Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will bring together small businesses, NAVSEA/NAVAIR program representatives, experts, and local organizations who have a vested interest in driving innovation through the SBIR and STTR programs.

The slides used during the Summit can be downloaded below.


The Innovation Summit’s line-up features powerful speakers, informative panels, access to private one-on-one time with the decision-makers, updates on the upcoming DoD SBIR/STTR topics, and more.

Wednesday December 13th, 2017. 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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The NM FAST program publishes a monthly SBIR/STTR newsletter which highlights SBIR/STTR events, webinars, and conferences; provides agency updates; promotes additional funding opportunities of interest to SBIR/STTR applicants; and more.


Wednesday December 13th, 2017

8:00AM TO 5:00PM

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8:30 A.M.

8:35 A.M.

8:40 A.M.

8:45 A.M.

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12:00 A.M.

1:00 P.M.

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4:30 P.M.

5:00 P.M.


Flag Presentation




Panel: The Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

Panel: Southwest SBIR Winners


Panel: Post-SBIR Funding




NAVSEA Topics Continued

Closing Remarks

Reception at Hotel Andaluz

After-Hours Reception at the Hotel Andaluz

Join us for light refreshments and networking

125 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Hotel Andeluz


One-on-one session with Navy Program Managers will be available throughout the day

The Navy topics for BAA release 18.1 (SBIR) and 18.A (STTR) can be found at the two links below:


Emily Novak

Emily Novak is currently the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Coordinator for the Team Ships Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. She advises Program Offices within Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships and Navy Sea Systems Command (SEA 21) on the practices and procedures required to maximize the use of small business innovation within their programs. Prior to this experience, Ms. Novak provided direct support to the NAVSEA Chief Technology Office (SEA 05T) evaluating and transitioning select Naval Research and Development (R&D) projects into the US Naval Fleet and shipyards.

Richard R. McNamara




Richard R. McNamara of RRM&A, LLC

Mr. McNamara had a distinguished forty year career with the Department of Navy culminating in eight years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) — four years as the Deputy Program Manager for the Virginia Class Submarine and four as Executive Director PEO Submarines.  In 2008 he retired and established RRM & Associates, LLC.

He has more than 22 years in senior program and executive management positions in acquisition and procurement and is a recognized leader in the Navy acquisition community. He is Level III certified in two Acquisition Professional competencies – Program Management, and Research and Systems Engineering. He has been awarded the DOD Small Business Program Manager of the Year in 2002 and holds the distinction of having managed over $1 Billion in successful Small Business Innovative Research [SBIR] transitions to the fleet. As a Legislative Fellow, he worked on Capitol Hill in the United States Senate.



Ryan Shealy


Ryan Shealy is the Deputy Program Manager of NAVSEA’s SBIR/STTR Program and the Technology Manager for the Directorates and HQ. He has been working with the Navy since September 2011. He started as a Project Manager for the OHIO Replacement Program’s Design for Affordability group where he led over 125 initiatives totaling $1B+ in potential savings for the class. He joined the SBIR/STTR Program in July of 2014 and is responsible for topic generation and review, budget execution, and assisting the Program Manager in his daily duties.

Mr. Shealy graduated from Virginia Military Institute in the Spring of 2004 where he majored in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He began his career in the private sector as an Electrical Projects Engineer where he designed controls software for nuclear power and manufacturing plants.


Shreyansh Shah

Shreyansh Shah is the SBIR Technology Manager for Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ship (PEO LCS).  In this role, Shrey is responsible for the execution of the SBIR program within PEO LCS, providing guidance to program offices within the PEO, identifying capability gaps, and working with Small Businesses to identify technology and capabilities of interest to PEO LCS.  PEO LCS develops and acquires the LCS and FFG(x) class ships, unmanned maritime systems, and modular mission systems to support PEO LCS missions.  In addition to managing the SBIR program for PEO LCS, Shrey is also responsible for autonomy and unmanned surface vehicles.

Elizabeth J. (Lisa) Kuuttila

Lisa Kuuttila joined STC.UNM (STC), the University of New Mexico’s technology‐transfer and economic‐ development organization, as President & CEO in 2003. She is currently CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer of the organization. In 2013, STC.UNM was tasked by the University with implementing its economic‐  development initiatives under her leadership.  She works with the STC.UNM Board of Directors in developing strategies for implementing STC’s vision to play a vital role in New Mexico’s economic development and to be a leader in technology commercialization. Under her leadership, STC.UNM is substantially growing its program using the Rainforest model to develop an innovation ecosystem in New Mexico.

Lisa has more than 30 years of prior leadership experience in technology commercialization and licensing.


Heather Audet-Auxt


Ms. Audet-Auxt is the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Headquarters Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation Program Manager. Working in the Strategy and Innovation Office, she is responsible for managing R&D Programs within the Enterprise and oversees the Logistics Innovation Cell (LogIC) Program. She is currently in the process of working with Leadership to build a program that involves promoting innovation and generating innovative ideas from both the military and civilian workforce. Over the past two years she has worked diligently to increase the R&D requirements for the Enterprise to support the Fleet and Warfighter. She is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Manager for the Command and assists the Assistant Commands (ACOMs) with identifying ACOM R&D needs and understanding program requirements. She has successfully doubled the NAVSUP SBIR funding need and introduced an outreach program to showcase new Small Businesses efforts to NAVSUP.

Ana Consuelo Matiella

Ana Consuelo Matiella, MA, CEO of ACMA Social Marketing

Ms. Matiella has a BS in Applied Sociology from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Arizona.  Her areas of expertise are in social marketing, innovative multicultural health communications, storytelling and fotonovela production.

Ms. Matiella is currently the PI of an SBIR Fast Track –  De Las Mías a Bilingual, Healthy Lifestyle Digital Platform for Latinas.


Dan Shur

Since 2006, Dan has been instrumental in securing and performing SBIR Phase I and II grants from the NIH, NSF, and USDA for employers (inXsol) and clients.In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Dan is a proposal/plan writing workshop instructor, Coach of startup clients, and moderator of topic-specific workshops. Dan specializes in addressing: Innovation Research, Partner Search, Research/Work Plans, Strategic Alliances, Roadmaps, Finance/Forecast, and Project Evaluation.


Terry Lombard

Terry Lombard serves as the Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for the Arrowhead Center. Her primary responsibilities include Intellectual property protection and management of a portfolio of early stage University developed technology, research and intellectual property; screening invention disclosures; assessing commercial potential and marketability; formulating intellectual property protection strategies; evaluation of invention and marketing to industry; and preparing, negotiating, administrating intellectual property licensing agreements and direction and management of the commercialization accelerator program LAUNCH.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at NMSU and a Master’s of Business Administration with specializations in Quantitative Decision Modeling and Strategic Management from Chapman University in Orange, California. She also holds minors in Psychology and Human Resource Management and Development.

Douglas Marker

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.


Jonathan Leggett



Mr. Leggett is responsible for planning and executing the outreach activities for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) SBIR/STTR Program Office to educate and encourage small businesses to participate in the program. Mr. Leggett has been working with various Department of Defense Programs for over 15 years. He previously supported the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Space Policy as the Administrative Officer. Prior to his work in the Pentagon, Mr. Leggett served as a Test Planner on NAVSEA’s Force Advanced Warfare Technologies (FACT) and the Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Programs. Mr. Leggett obtained his Masters of Science in Business Technologies from Marymount University in the spring of 2003 and has a Bachelor Degree in Business Writing from Christopher Newport University.  Mr. Leggett is also a certified Program Management Institute Program Management Professional.


Robert Smith


Mr. Smith is the director of the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research Program.  Mr. Smith manages numerous activities designed to assist small businesses in getting their technology fully developed, tested, and inserted into products and services used by our Naval warfighters.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Smith was the Director of Disruptive Technologies in the Office of Naval Research.  The mission of the Disruptive Technologies program is to provide game changing technical options for the future Navy.  Mr. Smith was also the Program Manager for the Department of the Navy’s Rapid Innovation Fund which supports small business concerns rapidly inserting their technology solutions into acquisition programs of record.

Eugene “Cliff” Hudson

Eugene “Cliff” Hudson is the CEO for Emerging Technology Ventures Inc. (ETV) and manages the Autonomous and Unmanned Systems Cluster (AUSC). He has more than 32 years of experience from the Department of Defense (DoD) in acquisition and technology transition management. Mr. Hudson retired from the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, where his duties included management of the autonomous and unmanned system technology transition activities of the Robotics Mentor Protégé Program.

Barbara Brazil

Barbara left part-time retirement to accept a full time position as Deputy Secretary of the state’s Economic Development Department.

She is the former President of New Mexico First, a state wide public policy not-for-profit.  Prior to New Mexico First, she retired from Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho where she worked as the Manager of Government Affairs and Public Affairs.  Before her career at Intel, Barbara worked as a public relations staff manager at U.S. West Communications in Albuquerque and spent 12 years working for the state’s largest savings and loan association.  She has also worked as the community relations director for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, was public relations manager for the United Way of Greater Albuquerque, and public information director for the YMCA in Albuquerque.

Joy Colucci

Dr. Joy Colucci is the founder and CEO of Metis Technology Solutions, Inc., which she formed in 2010. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Metis employs 90 engineers and subject matter experts providing aeronautics and space systems development support to NASA and the US Air Force. Prior to founding Metis, Dr. Colucci held senior management positions at Hughes Applied Information Systems, Raytheon Technical Services, and Booz Allen Hamilton. As a business leader, she has been responsible for organizations of up to 500 technical staff and $60M in annual contract revenue.

Metis supports several high-visibility programs, including numerous NASA spaceflight missions, modeling and simulation for aeronautics research, and satellite ground system development. The company has been recognized with over 20 NASA achievement awards, was the 2016 NASA Ames Research Center’s Subcontractor of the Year, and was ranked New Mexico’s 6th fastest growing technology company as a 2017 New Mexico Flying 40 award winner.

Joy earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in Earth System Science. She enjoys the outdoors, is an avid reader, and lives in New Mexico with her family.

Hunter McDaniel

Hunter McDaniel, PhD is UbiQD’s Founder and CEO. UbiQD’s quantum dot window tints will power and feed the smart cities of tomorrow, however, these novel materials can improve lives via other applications in energy, displays, security, safety, healthcare, and more. During his career, Dr. McDaniel at top-tier research institutions; LANL, Argonne, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and UC Santa Barbara. Dr. McDaniel has been PI on two SBIR grants from NSF and the DOE.

David Kellner

David Kellner is the President of Cogent Innovations, a high-tech consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. David has been the PI or project manager on numerous SBIR projects from agencies including NSF, NIH, EPA, DOD, DOT, and others. He has also provided consulting services on all aspects of SBIR projects, and has aided in securing over $50 million in SBIR funds over the last 7 years.

Patricia M. Knighten

Drawing from 30 years of experience in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and federal and defense laboratories, Ms. Knighten brings a unique combination of strategy, development and management expertise with engineering and emerging technology know, including experience with Small Business Innovative Research programs. She has led numerous successful start up and transformational initiatives, such as reinstating New Mexico’s Office of Science and Technology where she created and funded a strategy, published “Innovate NM”, the State’s Science and Technology Plan, and obtained over $ 6M in federal funding to support the NM Catalyst Fund and the plan priorities.  During her most recent assignment at TEAM Technologies, Inc., she developed and implemented a Hardware Accelerator program for Albuquerque entrepreneurs seeking minimum viable products.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Logistics Management, Weber State University and a Masters Certificate, Project Management, Villanova University.


Peter Anselmo

Peter C. Anselmo is Executive Director of the Center for Technology Commercialization at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM.  His current efforts are focused on NMT’s organic approach to development of faculty and staff IP for commercialization.  As such, the main current thrust at NMT with regard to STTRs is development of attractive license opportunities for both NMT and potential licensees.  NMT’s strategy is to mitigate as many development risks as possible prior to licensing.


Rapid Fire Pitches



ABQid work with company founders who have an exciting technology with high growth potential, and guides them on the use of the Lean Startup method to refine the right problem to address and learn how to do customer discovery to create a viable business model.
New Mexico Start-up Factory

New Mexico Start-up Factory

New Mexico StartUp Factory helps fund and create companies that have commercializable and market valid ideas and innovations. They also help companies secure SBIR funding for their innovations.
New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center

New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center can help businesses move through their required registrations for SBIR/STTR opportunities.
Regional Development Corporation

Regional Development Corporation

The Regional Development Corporation can meet one-on-one with SBIR/STTR applicants/awardees based in Northern New Mexico and connect them to the resources they need to grow their businesses.


Event Logistics

Where is the closest airport?
The Albuquerque International Sunport is only ten minutes away from the Convention Center.
When and where will the SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit be held?
The summit will take place Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. 401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
I’m coming from out-of-town. What hotels are close to the Convention Center?

Hotels within walking distance of the Albuquerque Convention Center:

Hotels located near the Albuquerque International Sunport (airport), within 10-minute drive of the Albuquerque Convention Center

Where can I park?

The Albuquerque Convention Center is connected to 1,500 convenient parking spaces. Primary parking is available at the Convention Center garage (Martin Luther King Blvd & Broadway), with overflow parking available at the Civic Plaza garage (Marquette & 3rd St.). Event parking in these garages is $6.00 per vehicle, without in/out privileges.

Additionally, there are numerous other public parking garages and parking lots available throughout downtown close to the Center. Parking fees vary. Please refer to the posted parking fees at each garage or lot.


When does registration open?
Registration will open September 1, 2017
Where do I register?
Please visit Eventbrite to register.
Is there a fee to attend the SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit?
Yes, there is a $35 registration fee. The fee includes refreshments and lunch.
How do I register for one-on-one sessions?
We will send out sign-up information to all registered attendees prior to the event.
Can I register at the door?
No, all registrations must be made in advance.
If I cannot make it, is my registration transferable?
Yes, as long as we are notified 48 hours in advance.

Why You Should Attend

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in pursuing or applying for SBIR/STTR funding.
The event highlights the DoD. Will the event be pertinent if I’m interested in applying to a different agency?
Yes! The event will highlight panels that will provide information pertinent to any SBIR/STTR funding agency.

Contact Information

I am with the media and would like to do a story. Who should I contact
Thanks in advance! Please contact Dana Catron at
Who can I contact if I have a question?
Contact Dana Catron, Program Manager for NM FAST. She can be reached at 505-358-4039 or



Albuquerque Convention Center. 401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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This event is an initiative of the NM FAST Partnership Program, which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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