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PEO Integrated Warfare Systems
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.
PEO Littoral Combat Ships
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.
Technology Coordinator Team Ships
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.
SPAWAR SBIR Program Manager
Shadi Azoum has been the Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Manager since June 2016. Although recent to the position, Mr. Azoum has participated in the SBIR and STTR programs as an Assistant Program Manager (APM) for Science and Technology (S&T) for the Navy’s Cyber Security and Information Assurance Program Office, PMW 130, of the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) since July 2011. In his APM S&T position, he made critical, actionable contributions, including developing a technology roadmap, mentoring computer scientists and software engineers on Naval Fleet needs, and briefing senior officials on upcoming threats and trends. In times of budgetary restrictions, he forged relationships with other agencies and organizations, namely DARPA and DHS, to collaborate on shared capability gaps.
AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate
Brent Taft received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University (2008) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009), respectively. Since graduation, he has been at the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, where he is currently the Integrated Structural Systems Program Manager. Integrated Structural Systems is a pervasive program performing basic and applied R&D in the areas of deployed structures, thermal control systems, integrated structural sensing, and agile manufacturing.
Air Force Research Lab
Matthew Cooper received his M.S. in both Electrical and Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and his MBA from the University of South Dakota. He has worked as an Electrical Systems Integration Engineer for BAE Systems, as a Geoint Project Engineer at NASIC, and most recently as a Program Manager of high power novel lasers for AFRL. His research interests include nonlinear control, digital holography, and fiber lasers.
Far West Regional Coordinator FLC
Jennifer Stewart serves as the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) representative for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. As the ORTA, Jennifer Stewart acts as a broker, connecting Corona Division’s scientists and engineers with academia and industry for technology transfer. Stewart, a graduate of California Baptist University, Riverside, Calif., joined NSWC Corona’s Product Engineering Assessment Department in 2003. In December 2012, Stewart left Product Engineering Assessment Department to head up the ORTA position full time as the technology transfer officer In addition to serving as ORTA, Stewart supports community economic development efforts by serving as a liaison on behalf of NSWC Corona Division with various organizations within the Riverside County region. Jennifer presently serves on the FLC Executive Board as the Far West Regional Coordinator.
SBIR Program Manager Lockheed Martin
Craig Owens currently serves as the Program Manger for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Craig is based out of Ft. Worth, TX and supports the other Lockheed Martin Aeronautics sites at Marietta, GA and Palmdale, CA. He has served in this position since May of 2007. Craig has 27+ years of experience at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. He began his career in Fort Worth, TX, in 1989 as an Operations Analyst on the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) program. During his tenure at the company, he has performed a variety of roles within the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics organization, including serving as the Deputy Lead for the F-35 Prognostic and Health Management Demonstration team during the Concept Demonstration Phase of the program. Craig also spent two years as the Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP). He also served a total of nine years in various roles on the F-35 Vehicle Design and Development team. Prior to working on the F-35 program, he worked as a maintainability design engineer on the F-16 program and in the same capacity on various advanced development aircraft programs. Craig earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He also earned his MBA in Management from the University of Dallas in 1994.
NMSBA Program LANL
Julia Wise is a scientist with experience in education, health care, and technology transfer who now works in technology based economic and community development. As the former Manager of the Office of Science and Technology she worked to create, support, and lead programs that allow New Mexico’s science and technology based economy to grow and thrive. Her new role in the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program (NMSBA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) allows her to continue this passion for small business growth and economic prosperity in New Mexico. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Masters and Doctorate in Geology. Prior to moving back to her hometown of Santa Fe she worked for The Science Museum of Minnesota, had a stint as a barista, worked at The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, taught geology, environmental science, and engineering at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, and worked for STC.UNM. Outside of work she volunteers for the Santa Fe Alliance for Science and with Patient Privacy Rights in their health data partnership with the UN. She also spends a lot of time exploring and playing in the mountains of New Mexico.