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 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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Wednesday December 13th, 2017

8:00AM TO 5:00PM




Flag Presentation

UNM Color Guard



Kathryn Hansen, Director, Arrowhead Center



Senator Udall welcome video


Senator Udall


Keynote Address

Why is SBIR important to the Navy?


Bob Smith, Director of Navy SBIR Program


Panel: The Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

Research institutions and you: Engaging with research institutions on STTR’s

This panel will feature speakers from research institutions across NM, such as LANL and NMSU, who will talk about how to engage with them on SBIR/STTR projects.  Panelists will describe some of the challenges they have faced in engaging with small business on STTR proposals, how to structure your collaborative agreements, and different types of licenses and what they mean to a research institution/small business team. Attendees will have the ability to ask panelists questions about these or any other topics, and gain valuable insight into working with research institutions


Moderator: TBD

Panelist: Peter Anselmo, Director of CLTC, NMT

Panelist: Lisa Kuuttila, President & CEO, STC.UNM

Panelist: Terry Lombard, Director of IP, NMSU

Panelist: LANL, TBD


Panel: Southwest SBIR Winners

Capturing opportunities: Lessons learned from successful SBIR/STTR submissions

In this panel, prior SBIR/STTR winners from the southwest region will come together to talk about submitting SBIR/STTR proposal packages and some tips, tricks, and pitfalls to be aware of. These panelists will provide attendees with best practices for moving through the proposal creation process, items to be aware of when putting together a budget and a team, and how to manage your time and resources when putting together a response. Attendees will have the ability to ask panelists questions about these or any other topics, and gain valuable insight into creating winning SBIR/STTR proposal packages.


Moderator: Patricia Knighten, Chief Business Development Officer, Team Technologies, Inc.

Panelist: Anthony Mulligan, CEO & President, Hydronalix

Panelist: Ana Matiella, President, Ana Consuelo Matiella and Associates, LLC.

Panelist: Hunter McDaniel, CEO, UbiQD

Panelist: Dan Suhr, Director of R&D, Independent Platform





Panel: Post-SBIR Funding

Help! Managing your SBIR/STTR award

The final panel of the day will focus on managing your SBIR/STTR award and the unintended or unknowable challenges that come with it. Panelists will provide their takes on the hidden traps that come with working on government grants/contracts, verifying you are staying on task to successfully complete your project, understanding some differences between what is chargeable and not chargeable under your award, and other key factors to managing your award. Attendees will have the ability to ask panelists questions about these or any other topics.


Moderator: Cliff Hudson, CEO, Emerging Technology Ventures, Inc.

Panelist: David Kellner, CEO, Cogent Innovations

Panelist: Stephen Avery, CEO, DCAA Compliance, LLC

Panelist: Joy Colucci, CEO and Founder, Metis Technology Solutions, Inc.

Panelist: Unconfirmed: Jonathan Legget, NAVSEA



Rapid Fire Pitches – 90 second elevator pitches from local economic development organizations


Confirmed organizations:

  • Arrowhead Center
  • PTAP
  • AUSC
  • Startup Factory
  • RDC
  • ABQid



Topics Discussion:

Have you ever wondered how your innovative ideas or capabilities, either technology or services, can be delivered to the Department of Defense? The topics discussion will cover how you can get a share of the $350 million of non-dilutive funds invested every year by the Navy in innovative ideas.


Navy Representatives

  • Shealy, Ryan SEA05T
  • Marker, Douglas NSWCDD, V10
  • Moore, Donna NAVAIR
  • Novak, Emily CTR NSWCCD
  • Audet-Auxt, Heather NAVSUP
  • Smith, Robert ONRA, 03T
  • Goodwin, Daniel PEO CARRIERS CV
  • Mcnamara, Richard NAVSEA


Closing Remarks

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


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.


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


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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