Small Business Workshop: How to secure federal funding from SBIR & STTR Grants Speakers and Biographies Kam Ng, Ph.D. LITE, Chief Executive Officer [email protected] 337-735-5483 Dr. Ng began his position as CEO in July of 2012 after retiring from 30-years of civil service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to joining the LITE team, Dr. Ng was the deputy director of research at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). As the Deputy, he assisted the director of research in overseeing the basic and applied research portfolio, fostered outreach and education programs to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers, and ensured the coordination of laboratory-sponsored basic and early-applied research. The annual budget of the basic and applied research portfolio that Dr. Ng managed was $900 million. In his position at ONR Dr. Ng was instrumental in the approval of SBIR and STTR Proposals, and he will be able to give us all a behind the scenes look at the process and what you need to know to secure the funding. Bio of Roy Keller LTTO, Director [email protected] 225-578-7555 Roy Keller serves as the associate director of the Louisiana Business and Technology Center, a high-tech small business incubator on the campus of Louisiana State University. He also serves as director of the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office (LTTO). The LTTO operates throughout Louisiana and also has offices at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center and the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Mr. Keller has been on the Board of Director’s of the International Technology Transfer Society for six years and currently serves as vice president of finance. He is a board member of Partners for Stennis, a multi-state economic development organization. He also serves on the Inventions and Innovations and the State and Local Government committees of the National Federal Laboratory Consortium and was given the 2007 Outstanding Service Award by the Consortium. Mr. Keller also currently serves as the director of the Louisiana SBIR outreach program and as the Technology Transfer director for the Louisiana NASA Epscor program. He received the 2012 Champion of Small Business Innovation Award from the National Small Business Association and was honored recently at the White House with the Tibbetts Award for outstanding contributions to the SBIR program. Mark Galyean LSBDC, Director [email protected] 337-262-5344 Mark was hired by UL Lafayette in 2001 to serve as Assistant Director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at UL Lafayette, one of ten such Centers at Louisiana universities. In 2004, Mark was selected to manage the Center as Director and facilitated the expansion program implemented two years later. Prior to joining the LSBDC, Mark was acting Director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Technology for Louisiana Economic Development (LED), involved in strategic and operational planning for the Department and its technology initiatives. Mark also has three decades of experience and success in the private sector, having progressed to Partner, Vice President of Operations and National Sales Manager for a Louisiana-based, Super Graphics outdoor advertising and display printing company; and is also an accomplished public speaker and business trainer. Gary Breit OIM, Director [email protected] 337-482-1531 Gary Breit is a leader with extensive experience in technology-based organizations. Gary’s career began at Revlon, in a senior Brand Manager position, and member of the Corporate Acquisitions Team. He has served as the president of established and emerging companies and has launched successful intellectual asset programs at dramatically-different academic institutions. Gary revitalized programs at the University of Texas and the University of Manitoba, and he has consulted with Boys Town National Research Hospital (Omaha) on complex intellectual property matters since 1993. He is a founding judge in the Rice University Business Plan Competition and a member of the OWL Angels, and today, he is the director of the new Office of Innovation Management at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Bob Miller Opportunity Machine, Head Machinist [email protected] 337-593-1412 Born in Plaquemines Parish, Bob has led five technology start-ups through both the crucial early phases of development and their expansion as successful enterprises in both Louisiana and Silicon Valley. From software engineering with Orpheus, to managing the development of a nationally awarded consumer electronic product as senior vice president of engineering and ground operations at Globalstar, his level of experience and dedication to getting things done right speaks for itself. As the OM's Head Machinist, Bob applies that same skill and dedication towards making Lafayette the heart of a thriving technology ecosystem. He will be talking about the Opportunity Machine as a resource, as well as effective methods of business development, such as the Lean Start-Up Method and Innovation Engineering Management System. David Colligan LEDA, Director of Business Development [email protected] 337-593-1415 As a graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Marketing and Legal Studies, David Colligan began his career as a Research Associate for the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA). While in this position, David was responsible for conducting research needed to assist business recruitment and retention efforts of the organization; providing market research and customized data to professionals ranging from entrepreneurs to CEO’s, both domestically and internationally. With a strong understanding of location variables and the needs for market interaction of a given business, he then stepped into the Business Development department of the organization. As the Director of Business Development, David has served as the LEDA representative for more than 80 major expansion or development projectsmanaging communications and public assistance for clients such as National Oilwell Varco, Chevron, FlightSafety International, Houston Plating and Coatings, and the relocation of ATC Associates corporate headquarters to Lafayette, LA. He continues to monitor state and federal legislation in order to market and communicate incentive packages that are available to starting, expanding, or relocating companies. David is a member of multiple economic development organizations , and he also assists in coordinating international exchanges and delegations for market and business development. Kevin Kelly Mezzo Technologies, President [email protected] 225-706-0191 Kevin graduated from Duke University in 1980. He worked in industry until 1985. He attended MIT from 1985-1991 and LSU from 1993-2008 on ME faculty. Co-founded Mezzo Technologies in 2000. Became President of Mezzo in 2006 and began full-time employment in 2008. Mezzo fabricated micro channel heat exchangers, specifically micro tube heat exchangers. Mr. Kelly has spent the last 4-5 years finding R& D funds to develop the product and finding applications for the product. Current applications: high performance automotive racing, aerospace, oil and gas, etc. With respect to this conference, Kevin has authored over 20 proposals that have been awarded SBIR funding.
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