MDEX 2022 Program

April 20

8:00 Welcome
Vicki Selva, MDEX Chairperson, NDIA Board of Directors
Executive Director, Michigan Defense Center

8:15 GVSC Overview
Dr. David Gorsich, Chief Scientist, Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center, Detroit Arsenal

8:30 I’ve Got an Idea…
Dr. Philip Root, Director Strategic Technology Office, DARPA

9:30  Army Contracting Command – DTA Opening Remarks
Mr. Dan Gallagher, Director Army Contracting Command– Detroit Arsenal

9:45 PEO CS&CSS and ACC-DTA Opening Remarks and Panel Briefings
Moderator: Shane Fullmer Deputy PEO CS&CSS and Mr. Sean O’Reilly, Director ACC-DTA
Mr. Mike Sprang, JPO Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) PEO CS&CSS
COL Shane Sullivan, Force Projection PEO CS&CSS
Ms. Vanita Sims, Force Projection & JLTV, ACC-DTA
Mr. Wolfgang Petermann, Transportation Systems, PEO CS&CSS
Mr. Greg Dixon, Transportation System, ACC-DTA
Mr. Dave Henderson, Acquisition Services, ACC-DTA
LTC Daniel O’Neill, Expeditionary Energy & Sustainment Services, PEO CS&CSS

10:45 PEO CS&CSS Industry Panel
Moderator: Mr. Andrew DiMarco PEO CS&CSS
Wallace (Wes) Smith, Jr. Co-Owner, Business Development Lead, Globe Tech, LLC
Phil Wills, Program Manager, VES LLC
Jon Mulder, VP of Sales, Volta Power Systems
Chris Brockbank, Chief Engineer, XL Fleet

11:30 TACOM Sustainment Panel–TACOM Acquisition Opportunities
David Horton, ILSC Deputy Executive Director
Amy Weichel, SAMD Director
Steve Balthazor, Strategic Mission Support Division, ACC-DTA
Mr. Bryon R. Gerwolds, Deputy Director, DLA

12:00 Lunch and Learn (NAMC)

12:50 Mr. Michael Cadieux, Director, Army DEVCOM, Ground Vehicle Systems Center

1:00 Ms. Barbara McQuiston, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology

1:50 Innovator’s Panel—Solutions Suppliers
Moderated: General Michael Dudzik, USAF, Ret
Milan Bidare, Founder, Mouvit
Mitch Rohde, CEO, Quantum Signal AI
Dr. Nikola Subotic, Co-director MTRI, Michigan Tech Research Institute 

2:30 Academic Panel Presentations—In the Beginning; The Birth of a Solution
Moderator: Alissa Roath, Executive Director, National Advanced Mobility Consortium
Dr. CJ Chung, Director of CS Robotics Lab, Lawrence Tech
Dr. Bogdan Epureanu, Director of Automotive Research, University of Michigan
Dr. Satish Udpa, Distinguished Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University

3:15 Technology Industry Panel—Leading into the Future of Military-Use Autonomy and Robotics
Moderator: Andrew Dallas, President, Dallas LLC
Matt Foglesong, Defense Technology Fellow, Pratt and Miller
Charles J. Cohen, Ph.D., PMP, Chief Technology Officer, Cybernet Systems Corporation
Bob Mawson, Sr. Business Development Manager, DOD Programs, QinetiQ Inc.
Col. Warren Sponsler, Chief of Staff, Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team (NGCV CFT), Army Futures Command

4:15 INSCOM & ACC-DTA
Mr. John Neal, Deputy Director of Support, Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)
Mr. Charlie Gram, Division Chief, Global Intelligence & Linguist Services
Mr. Don Leath, Division Chief, Acquisition Support INSCOM

4:45 close of show

5:30 VIP Reception Sponsored by Warner Norcross + Judd and SAE Government Technologies, Organized by Women in Defense (WID) Michigan, NDIA Michigan

April 21

8:00 Association of US Army (AUSA) Breakfast
K Building

9:30 Welcome
Vicki Selva, MDEX Chairperson, NDIA Board of Directors
Executive Director, Michigan Defense Center

9:35 National Defense Budget and Political Outlook
MG James C. Boozer, USA (Ret), Executive Vice President, NDIA  National

9:55 Overview of TACOM Mission
MG Darren Werner, Commanding General U.S. Army TACOM

10:00 PEO GCS and ACC-DTA Panel
BG Glenn Dean, PEO GCS, U.S. Army
Moderator: Jeff Simonis, Director, ACC-DTA
Mr. David Dopp, Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), PEO-GCS
COL Ryan Howell, Main Battle Tank Systems (MBTS), PEO-GCS
Ms. Lisa Behnke, Combat Systems, ACC-DTA
COL Jeffrey Jurand, Maneuver Combat Systems (MCS)
COL Timothy Fuller, Self-Propelled Howitzer Systems (SPHS), PEO-GCS
Mr. Bryan McVeigh, Mounted Armored Vehicles (MAV), PEO-GCS
Ms. Shannon Jewell, Infantry & Artillery Vehicle, ACC-DTA
COL William Venable, Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), PEO-GCS
Mr. Bob McNeill, Capability Transition and Product Integration, PEO- GCS
Mr. Brian Corrigan, Stryker Brigade, ACC-DTA

11:00 PEO GCS Industry Panel—When the Primes Are Your Ideal Customer, and When They Are Not
Moderator: Sam Homsy, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, NDIA Board of Directors
Tim Reese, Director of US Business Development, General Dynamics Land Systems
Michael Luciow, Supply Chain Director, BAE Systems, Inc.
Chad Darr, Chief Marketing Officer, LOC Performance
Dana Pittard, VP of Defense Programs, Allison Transmission

Noon: Lunch

1:00 Ms. Dorothy Engelhardt, Director of Unmanned Systems for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ships

1:45 Unmanned Panel—Develop, Test and Evaluate
Moderator: Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, State of Michigan
Dr. Tim Havens, Director, Great Lakes Research Center, Marine Autonomy Research Site and the Smart Ships Coalition, Michigan Technological University
Kevin Kelly, Director Business Development, American Center for Mobility (ACM)
Christopher Girdwood, Executive Director, Aerotropolis
COL Scott Meyers, Commander Grayling MING, National All Domain Warfighting Center (NADWC)

2:30 Aerospace Panel –The Sky’s the Limit
Moderator: Gavin Brown, Executive Director, Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Assoc. (MAMA)
John Couch, Vice President, Futuramic Tool & Engineering
Donald Nolan, Director of Heavy Maintenance, Kalitta Air, LLC

3:30 Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL), Wright Patterson AFB, OH
Opportunities Are Looking Up

Ms. Lenell Kern, Public Affairs, Lead for Strategic Engagements
Mr. Brian S. McJilton, Director, Office of Small Business
Ms. Kim Yoder, Senior Acquisition Advisor

4:30 close of show

Educational Opportunities

Macomb Procurement Assistance Center (PTAC)

PTAC Basics on Doing Business with Defense
Wednesday April 20th
10:00 am – 10:45 am
MDEX Classroom

Michigan Defense Center

State and Federal Resources
to MI Companies
Wednesday April 20th
11:30 am – Noon
MDEX Classroom

Doing Business With The Primes

Requirements GDLS Supply Chain
Wednesday April 20th
11:00 am – 11:30 am
MDEX Classroom

Pure Michigan Business Connect

Matchmaking Meeting
Thursday April 21th
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
MDEX Classroom

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SPECIAL THANK YOU

Proceeds are distributed by NDIA Michigan to support local military charities and scholarships