The NM FAST program is housed at Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since the program’s inception in October of 2015, NM FAST has assisted over 120 small businesses across New Mexico in their pursuit of SBIR/STTR funding, providing training, webinars, and extensive guidance in a broad range of services.

Every year, NM FAST tries to focus on adding more novelty to its program and expanding the library of tools and resources to help small businesses submit a complete and compelling SBIR/STTR package. Eventually, we would like to be the “One Stop Shop” for all of your SBIR/STTR needs.

Meet Our Team

Dana DeRego Catron

Dana DeRego Catron

SBIR Program Director

Dana Catron serves as the Director of Strategic Operations and SBIR Program Director for Arrowhead Center, where she oversees Arrowhead’s SBIR assistance program, NM FAST, and also provides support on strategic planning, operations, grants, written communication, and program development. She also serves as Arrowhead Center’s northern NM liaison, where she represents the organization at events and functions, serves on advisory councils, presents on programmatic initiatives, and performs outreach. Dana received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Washington State University and a master’s and Ph.D. (in progress) in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU.

Dana can be reached at or at (505)-469-8411.

Del Mackey

Del Mackey

Technology Transfer and Industry Engagement Manager

Del Mackey is the Technology Transfer and Industry Engagement Manager for Arrowhead Inc. In this role, Del works to build partnerships and relationships with external organizations that have research areas or growth initiatives that align with Arrowhead Center goals, either in moving NMSU IP to commercial markets or in serving the ever-expanding Arrowhead client network. Del comes to this position with extensive experience in innovation, fostering new products and initiatives at small businesses across New Mexico, matching technical prowess and capabilities with unique funding opportunities, and delivering workshops on meeting your commercialization needs. Over the past several years, Del has worked with over 90 companies to assist them in developing their innovative idea into a feasible product road map. Through his time at Arrowhead Center, and prior experience in the commercial market, Del has built relationships with numerous organizations, both large and small businesses and federal funding agencies, to help drive the economic/innovation ecosystem of the state of New Mexico.

He holds a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University, and an MBA from NMSU.

Del can be reached at or (575) 646-1815