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Agenda

November 5, 2019

Day 1

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast/Registration Open

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome

Dr. Jack Pevenstein, PE, FLC-MA Regional Coordinator

8:15 am - 8:45 am

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Phillip Singerman, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Service, NIST

  • Importance of the federal T2 mission;
  • The importance of building bridges and a T2 infrastructure to the federal T2 mission
  • T2 is a “contact sport”

8:45 am - 9:45 am

Building State and Local Economic Development Bridges with Federal Labs and the Private Sector

Speakers:

  • Ms. Christy Blake, Special Projects Manager, Montgomery County (MD) Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)
  • Dr. Ernesto Chanona, Manager, Business and Innovation Development, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Mr. Ron Kaese, Director of Federal Programs, TEDCO 
  • Dr. Jack Pevenstein, PE, NIST, FLC-MA
  • How can state and local governments interact with both resident Federal labs and private firms to support and enable an economic environment favorable to T2?
  • Experiences of NIST working with Maryland through TEDCO and Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation to promote T2
  • Increase state and local government awareness of economic opportunities offered to entrepreneurs and businesses by MA Federal labs through T2

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Break

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Building Organizational Bridges Between the Private Sector, the Academic Community and Federal Labs

Moderators:

  • Charles (Chuck) Na, NIST/TPO
  • Stephen Auvil, Sr. VP, T2 & Commercialization, TEDCO

Speakers:

  • Rob Bectel, DOE
  • Paula Sorrell, UM Economic Growth Institute
  • Santiago Navarro, DOT

 

  • Mechanisms for outreach by FLC-MA and by individual labs to private sector firms.
  • Education of managers and technical professionals about T2 as a private sector asset.
  • How to make Federal easier to work with.
  • Update organizational policies to promote T2 through collaboration among Federal labs, State and local governments, academic institutions and private firms; demonstrate support for T2 by organization executives.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Building Individual Bridges Between Individuals in Both Federal Labs and the Private Sector

Moderator: Dr. Jack Pevenstein, PE

Speakers:

  • Abba Poliakoff
  • John Fraser
  • Phil Usatine
  • Ben Solomon
  • Ron Kaese

Topics:

  • Define the nature of the communications bridges
  • Can a common language for T2 activities be developed for use across relevant professional and organizational boundaries?
  • The importance of “speaking” T2 for post-docs and early career professionals seeking career opportunities

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

What’s Going on With the FLC?

John Dement, FLC Chair

Kevin Barquinero, Program Manager

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Building T2 Career Bridges for Workforce Development

Moderator: Ms. Fizzie Haleem, Montgomery College

Panelists:

  • Dr. Sanjay Rai, Montgomery College – (workforce development/certification)
  • Steve Ferguson, FAES/NIH Office of the Director – (tech transfer training/certification)
  • Claudia Morrell, STEM Equity Initiative – (diversity in STEM hiring)
  • Martin Rosendale, Maryland Tech Council – (tech job board)
  • Dr. Lori Conlan, NIH Post Doc Services – (post doc conference/hiring/skills preparation)

Topics:

  • Retention of high-tech workforce
  • Tech transfer training & education
  • Make temporary employees, e.g., post-docs, associates aware of career opportunities in Federal labs, academia, private sector
  • Training & certification of T2 professionals

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Building Bridges Within Federal Labs Among Personnel

Speaker: Dr. Robert Griesbach, USDA-ARS

  • Communications among the scientific & engineering (technical) staff
  • Communications between the technical staff and managers/administrators
  • Mutual respect and appreciation for each other’s professions and missions
  • Appreciation of the Federal T2 mission by mid-level managers and scientific & technical staff

November 6, 2019

Day 2

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast/Registration

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a Tool for Building T2 Bridges and Infrastructure

Moderator: Dr. Jack Pevenstesin, P.E.

Speaker: Professor Dean Alderucci, Director, Center for AI and Patent Analysis (CAPA), Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science

  • Henry Wixon, NIST Chief Counsel
  • Dr. Toby Hain, NIST Sr. Patent Counsel
  • Anne Balduzzi, TEDCO
  • Robert Charles MRDC
  • Michael Shmilovich, Patent Counsel & Licensing Manager NIH/NHLBI

Topics:

  • What is CMU doing in CAPA
  • AI potential to enable networking in support of Federal T2
  • What kinds of T2-related data are required to take advantage of AI in support of T2 networking.
  • Patent analysis with AI algorithms has the potential of being a powerful tool to support the Federal T2 mission.
  • Analyze for “Freedom-to-Operate,” fields of use, competitive
  • Support market assessments; fields of use analysis
  • Cross-correlated information clusters (products of value to T2 professionals)

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Break

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Human Interest Panel

Moderator: John Emond, NASA (retired Agency Rep)

Panelists:

  • Dr. Robert Griesbach, USDA, Office of Technology Transfer:  “Choice Batter (TM) A New Line of Food Products for People With Celiac Disease”
  • Dr. Eric L. Moore, Director, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center: “Solid Decontamination Blend To Neutralize Biological and Chemical Threats Such As Nerve Gas, and Anthrax Pathogens”
  • Dr. Berna Uygur, PostDoctoral Fellow, NIH: “Accelerating Technology Transfer: Time Lag Shortening Strategies In Oncology-Based Drug Development”

Specific personal examples where a technology has had an impact on a person’s life or the collective lives of a community.

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Building Communication Bridges to Relate Importance of T2 to the “General” Public

Dr. Rob Griesbach, USDA-ARS

  • Developing communication tools and outreach initiatives that help the public see the link or bridge between tech transfer and their community
  • Outreach activities: already occurred and will continue
  • LabTech in Your Life

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Jeff Galvin, CEO, AGT

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

FLC-MA Awards Ceremony

Carmen Krieger, Deputy FLC-MA Regional Coordinator

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Attracting the Private Sector: How to Build Informal Relationships with Federal Labs; A Prelude to More Formal Collaboration

Moderator: Mr. John Fraser

Speakers:

  • Dr. Rob Griesbach, ARS/USDA
  • Mojdeh Bahar, ARS/USDA
  • Rich Bendis, BioHealth Innovation

Topics:

  • Identifying mutual interests
  • Identify the potential for economic/commercial impact
  • Identify individuals interested in collaboration
  • What can you [your organization] offer?

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Networking for Post-Doc and Early Career Scientists, Engineers and Technical Professionals with the Private Sector (As Interest Prevails)

Moderator: Ron Kaese, TEDCO Manager of Federal Programs

Speakers:

  • Representatives of regional state and local governments
  • Exhibitors from private sector
  • Technology Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital Firms
  • Post-Docs & early career technical professionals attending
  • Identify alternative career opportunities in technology entrepreneurship
  • Assess the technology-related career opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic (MA) region
  • Learn about state and local government initiatives to attract and retain technology-related businesses in the MA region, an to retain a qualified workforce
  • N-STEP

3:30 pm - onward

Ice Cream Social and Networking