Meet Our Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

Milan Bidare

Founder, Mouvit

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Milan Bidare

Milan Bidare is the Founder and CEO of Mouvit, a startup that has developed an autonomous robot platform that lowers the development cost for companies entering the autonomous mobility space. Her position at Mouvit has involved mainly strategic business planning and execution, along with software development. With her strong background in engineering, she has led technical and non-technical teams to reach strategic goals. She obtained a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University, where she performed research in the Multi-Robot Systems Lab to implement a deep-learning based solution for improving vehicle mapping. As a woman entrepreneur, she is committed to supporting women in tech and bringing autonomous mobility to the masses.

MG James C. Boozer, USA (Ret)

Executive Vice President, NDIA National

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MG James C. Boozer, USA (Ret)

Major General James “Jim” Boozer became executive vice president of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) December 4, 2017. Boozer came to NDIA after a 35-year career in the U.S. Army, from which he retired as a two-star general in October 2015. His last assignment was as Commander, U.S. Army Japan at Camp Zama in Japan. Prior to serving in Japan, Boozer was the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army in Europe, the Army component for U.S. European Command in Weisbaden, Germany. Prior to that assignment, Boozer was the Operations Director for the Assistant Chief of Staff for Army Installations at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Boozer has served in various operational and staff assignments throughout the Army and commanded at the Brigade and 2 Star level. He served as chief of plans at U.S. Central Command Forward in Baghdad and Qatar. Boozer has also participated in multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Boozer was a field artilleryman and commanded a brigade in Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 as a part of the Task Force that secured Baghdad. Major General James C. Boozer, USA (Ret) graduated from The Citadel in 1980 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He received a master’s degree in strategic studies in 2001 from the U.S. Army War College.

Chris Brockbank

Chief Engineer, XL Fleet

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Chris Brockbank

With 30 years’ experience and a tenacious commitment to driving technology and advanced solutions, Chris has directed and delivered multiple ‘turnkey’ projects from clean sheet to Series Production.

Trained as an Electronic Engineer, Chris has led engineering teams in traditional and advanced powertrains, hydrogen fuel cells, transmissions & driveline, chassis & suspension, and vehicle electrification including battery systems, CAV systems, software and controls in multiple market sectors – Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, Off Highway, Defense and Rail.

With a career history starting with automotive OEM’s of Range Rover and BMW and then a tech Start Up before becoming VP of Technology one of the leading global Engineering Services providers, Chris took the opportunity in 2021 to join XL Fleet who are on a mission to provide simple, sustainable electrification solutions to the commercial fleet markets.

Gavin Brown

Executive Director, Michigan Aerospace

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Gavin Brown

As Executive Director of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association, Gavin Brown is committed to establishing Michigan as a leader in the commercialization of near-Earth space and as a source for highly qualified suppliers to the Defense, Commercial, General Aviation, and UAV aerospace manufacturing sectors.

Gavin is recognized as the driving force for promoting aerospace and defense companies active in Michigan. With more than 25 years of aerospace experience, Gavin founded the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association in 2007.

MAMA is a membership association providing the global aerospace industry with state-of-the-art technology, multiple manufacturing disciplines and extensive manufacturing capabilities. MAMA is focused on growing Michigan’s Aerospace industry through synergy with the engineering and manufacturing competencies of the automotive industry.

Gavin has been instrumental in organizing and promoting the Michigan Launch Initiative. The MLI is a public-private partnership that provides a collaborative platform for academia, industry, and governmental agencies to access near-earth space.

The MLI will provide vertical and horizontal rocket launch capability as well as a control center for post-launch operations. The MLI leverages Michigan’s unique advantages for polar orbit satellite launches: location, infrastructure, skilled workforce, economy and advanced manufacturing capability.

Mr. Michael Cadieux

Director, Army DEVCOM, Ground Vehicle Systems Center

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Mr. Michael Cadieux

Mr. Michael Cadieux – Director Mr. Cadieux serves as the Director for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, a position he has held since April 11, 2021. He leads a workforce of over 1,800 engineers, scientists, researches and support staff in delivering advanced technologies as required by the Army’s strategic priorities and support to its Cross Functional Teams. Mr. Cadieux also provides life cycle engineering solutions to the Army’s Ground Combat Systems and Combat Support & Combat Service Support PEOs, the Tank Automotive Life Cycle Management Command, and the broader Department of Defense. In his capacity as the Director, Mr. Cadieux ensures the Ground Vehicle Systems Center is Forging the Future by developing world-class engineering talent in the areas of survivability and protection, autonomy and robotics, propulsion and mobility, electronics and power management, 6501 East Eleven Mile Road | Warren, MI 48397-5000 The Ground Vehicle Systems Center is the Army’s primary organic engineering talent to develop the Next Generation Family of Combat Vehicles and thus deliver land dominance in the future fight.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY:
2021 – Present: Director, U.S. Army GVSC
2020 – 2021: Executive Director, SIE, DEVCOM GVSC
2019 – 2020: Associate Director, Software Engineering Center, CCDC GVSC
2018 – 2019: Deputy Project Manager (Acting), Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, PEO CS&CSS
2017 – 2018: Assistant PEO Operations, PEO CS&CSS
2014 – 2016: Deputy Program Executive Officer (Acting), PEO CS&CSS
2012 – 2014: Assistant PEO Systems Engineering, PEO CS&CSS
2007 – 2012: Chief Information Officer, PEO CS&CSS
1996 – 2007: Various Positions, Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center
COLLEGE:
Master of Global Leadership and Management – Lawrence Technological University, 2019 Master of Science – Computer Information Systems, University of Detroit Mercy, 2006 Bachelor of Science – Computer Science, Kettering University, 2000
SIGNIFICANT TRAINING:
S. Army Senior Service College Fellowship, Defense Acquisition University, 2018
CERTIFICATIONS:
S. Army Acquisition Corps, 2005 AWARDS AND HONORS: Superior Civilian Service Award, 2018 Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2017 Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, 2014

Dr. CJ Chung

Director of CS Robotics Lab, Lawrence Tech

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Dr. CJ Chung

Chan-Jin “CJ” Chung is a professor of computer science at Lawrence Technological University with expertise in embedded systems, autonomous mobile robotics, artificial intelligence, evolutionary computation, evolutionary-neuro-fuzzy algorithms, deep learning, and STEM+CS education. He was a senior research scientist at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in South Korea where he was involved in developing a digital switching system that later became the base system for the first commercialized CDMA (2G) system in the world. His doctoral research at Wayne State University was a development of self-adaptive AI frameworks motivated by cultural evolution processes, which was then applied to solve various problems such as optimizing neural networks and 2D & 3D target shape optimization. He launched numerous world-wide STEM+CS programs including Robofest, RoboParade, Vision Centric Challenges, and RoboArts. He also mentored college robotics teams for IGVC, RoboCup soccer, and World Robot Olympiad. In 2011, IEEE honored Dr. Chung with its citation of honor award for his leadership in STEM education. His current projects using two by-wire vehicles include developing self-drive software funded by GVSC and providing research opportunities in autonomous vehicles for undergraduates funded by National Science Foundation.

Charles J. Cohen, Ph.D., PMP

Chief Technology Officer, Cybernet Systems Corporation

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Charles J. Cohen, Ph.D., PMP

Dr. Cohen has been a technical lead and program manager in the fields of modeling and simulation, image processing, robotics, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence for more than a decade. At Cybernet, he has been the project manager for many projects for the United States Armed Forces (Air Force, Navy, and Army), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Homeland Security and other government agencies. His projects include work on simulation, training, real-time optical pose determination, robotics, virtual reality, object identification, feature and body tracking and human performance evaluation.

Dr. Cohen’s main area of interest is gesture and behavior recognition device control, communication, and surveillance. For his Ph.D. thesis, and continued in R&D work for NASA, the U.S. Army, DARPA, and the U.S. Air Force, he created a system for the generation and recognition of dynamic and static gestures. The dynamic gestures were inspired by representative gestures from human-to-human control applications. He has expanded this system to recognize 3D gestures from a variety of sensor data, and has classified the combination of gestures as motion behaviors for use in surveillance and security applications.

Dr. Cohen runs Cybernet’s Modeling, Simulation, and Training group. He is responsible for the management of a general-purpose, open-standard simulation architecture called OpenSkies. He also contributed to the design of this product as well as the design of flight dynamics, collision, and force-feedback algorithms, and acts as a key designer for many of the OpenSkies subsystems including the terrain parsing/rendering/LOD system, scenegraph, weather model, and parallel thread/timer system. Working with the University of Michigan Medical School, he also led the team that developed a variety of force-feedback based medical training simulation environments.

John Couch

Vice President, Futuramic Tool & Engineering

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John Couch

 John Couch has been Vice President of Futuramic Tool & Engineering Company for four years and is the leader of defense and commercial aerospace business development.

John joined Futuramic Tool in 1988 where he spent two years in manufacturing, 10 years in engineering and an additional 10 years as Engineering Manager before being appointed Vice President in 2011. John has also served on the Board of Directors for over 15 years.

Upon the incorporation of Futuramic Tool & Engineering Company in 1955, the company primarily serviced the automotive industry and quickly became a leader in its arena. With diligence and corporate focus, John has been instrumental in bringing a new aerospace and aircraft business plan to Futuramic in both defense and commercial operations while ensuring corporate longevity and strong business and community positions.

In conjunction with his day-to-day responsibilities, John has dedicated hundreds of hours towards achieving enormous corporate growth over the past seven years.
Couch attended Colorado State University where he studied Business

 

Andrew Dallas

Deputy Executive Director, National Advanced Mobility Consortium, President, Dallas LLC

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Andrew Dallas

Andy is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium where he directs the technology program for the organization.  He also has a consulting practice which he uses to provide assistance to organizations looking to increase their research and development position within the DoD sciences and technology community.  Previously, Andy was the President of a small start-up, Soar Automotive, that focused on bringing human-like driving capabilities to self-driving vehicles.  At the same time, Andy also served as the Vice President for Unmanned Platforms at Soar Technology where he led the organization in the development of advanced AI for autonomous military platforms.   Prior to SoarTech/SoarAuto he worked at Saffron Technology an AI based company focusing on machine learning that spun-out of IBM Research.  Andy has also enjoyed being the President and founding member of the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC)—the predecessor of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC); and in serving as a senior consultant on the State of Michigan’s 21st Century Job Fund which was created to help diversify and grow Michigan’s high-tech economy. Andy also held positions at the Office of Naval Research and DARPA; and at the Center for Naval Analyses where he served as a senior analyst and a personal assistant to the Commander, Second Fleet.

 

 

Chad Darr

Chief Marketing Officer, Loc Performance Products, Inc. (Loc).

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Chad Darr

Chad Darr is the Chief Marketing Officer of Loc Performance Products, Inc. (Loc).   In this role, Chad is responsible for all of company sales, marketing, program management and product development initiatives.

Chad is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Chad also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Since joining Loc in 2009, Chad started the Loc Product Development line of business which has grown 30% annually over its first ten years.  These design engineering capabilities enable Loc to offer its customers full service for the products that Loc provides.  In 2014, Chad leveraged Loc’s Product Development resources to lead and secure Loc’s award as the prime contractor for the Bradley ECP1 production program valued at $161 Million.  In 2017 Chad secured the follow contract valued at $417 Million, and in 2018 secured the Multiple Launch Rocket System Integrated Armor Cab (MLRS IAC) program valued at $475 Million, propelling Loc’s book of business to $1.1 Billion.  As a result of these accomplishments and several acquisitions, Loc’s revenue has grown tenfold from $42 Million in 2014 to over $400 Million projected for 2022.

Prior to joining Loc, Chad was Program Manager at BAE Systems where he was responsible for Program Integration on Future Combat System’s (FCS) Manned Ground Vehicle (MGV) development program in which BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) jointly designed the next generation fleet of tracked combat vehicles for the U.S. Army.  In another role, Chad served as the BAE Program Manager for the Bradley Mobility System Modernization that included scope for increasing the Bradley power pack capability and upgrading the track and suspension systems that eventually culminated into what Loc is manufacturing today in its Bradley ECP1 program.

Chad’s early experience includes Project Manager for American System Technology, Inc. where he spent two years on development of embedded control systems for military applications, six years at Visteon Corporation as a Design Engineer for automotive alternators and Ford Motor Company for two years performing materials research on automotive coatings and valve seat additive manufacturing practices.

BG Glenn Dean

Program Executive Officer, PEO GCS, U.S. Army

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BG Glenn Dean

BG Glenn A. Dean was commissioned as a US Army Armor officer in 1993 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC program at the Florida Institute of Technology. His first assignment was to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor at Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and company Executive Officer.

His subsequent operational assignments include: Commander, US Army Recruiting Company, Frederick Maryland; Assistant Operations Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Commander, Company B, 1st Battalion 8th Cavalry; and Commander, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 8th Cavalry.

In 2002, he transitioned to the Army Acquisition Corps, serving as Chief, Small Arms Division, US Army Infantry Center; Assistant Product Manager, Medium Cannon Caliber Ammunition, Picatinny Arsenal; Science & Technology Advisor, Combined/Joint Task Force-82, Afghanistan; and Armament Systems Technology Manager, Armaments Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal; and Product Manager, Bradley Fighting Vehicle & Armored Knight, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan. Following completion of the Army War College, he subsequently served as the Military Deputy for the TankAutomotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center and as Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, both at Detroit Arsenal. He then served as the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management (DASM) under the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. He assumed duties as Program Executive Officer, Ground Combat Systems on 3 December 2020.

BG Dean’s military and civilian education includes: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology; MS, Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; MA, Strategic Studies, US Army War College; the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Scout Platoon Leader’s Course, the Combined Arms & Services Staff School, the Acquisition Officer Basic Course, the Command and General Staff Officer’s Intermediate Level Education Course, the Program Manager’s Course, the US Army War College, and Airborne School.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Parachutist’s Badge, the Army Staff Badge, and the Recruiter Badge.

BG Dean is married to Kirstie Dean. They have 3 Shetland Sheepdogs

Mr. Andrew DiMarco

Deputy Program Executive Officer, PEO CS&CSS

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Mr. Andrew DiMarco

Mr. Andy DiMarco was appointed Deputy Program Executive Officer for the U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support in June 2019. In this role, he supports the Program Executive Officer in leading the development, integration, testing, acquisition, fielding, sustainment, and modernization of approximately 250 diverse equipment programs of record spanning the Army’s Transportation, Ordnance, Quartermaster and Engineer portfolios.

He was appointed to the Army’s Senior Executive Service in 2018, and returns to PEO CS&CSS after serving as Deputy Joint Program Executive Officer, Armaments and Ammunition, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. since late 2018.

Mr. DiMarco previously served as Acting Deputy PEO and Chief of Staff for PEO CS&CSS in 2018. Prior to that, he was the Project Director for Main Battle Tank Systems within Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems, where he led a diverse team of acquisition and engineering professionals overseeing the M1 Abrams Tank, M88 HERCULES, and Foreign Military Sales programs.

Mr. DiMarco retired after 31 years of service with the U.S. Army as a colonel in 2014. His assignments included a variety of Engineer positions from company through brigade including: Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Bravo Company, 152nd Engineer Battalion (Combat), New York Army National Guard; Line and Support Platoon Leader, Charlie Company, 9th Engineer Battalion (Corps Combat Mechanized), Aschaffenburg, Germany; Executive Officer, 7th Engineer Brigade, Kornwestheim, Germany and South West Asia; Battalion Maintenance Officer and Company Commander, 62nd Engineer Battalion (Construction), Fort Hood, Texas.

Mr. DiMarco also served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and has held numerous acquisition positions including: Assistant Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army(Acquisition, Logistics & Technology); Department of the Army System Coordinator – Bradley Fighting Vehicle System; Assistant Project Manager, Dry Support Bridge; Product Manager, Reconnaissance and Surveillance and Command and Control Vehicles; Deputy Project Manager for Survivability for the Family of Manned Ground Vehicles; Special Projects Officer for Program Executive Office, Integration, and as the Project Manager for the Ground Combat Vehicle program.

His military education includes the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Engineer Officers’ Basic and Advanced Courses. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Design from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.S. in Global Leadership and Management from Lawrence Technological University, and an M.S. in Acquisition Management from the Naval Post Graduate School. A member of the Army Acquisition Corps, Mr. DiMarco is Level III certified in Program Management.

Mr. DiMarco’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters and V Device, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, Army Staff Identification Badge, the Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

BG Michael Dudzik

USAF, Ret

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BG Michael C. Dudzik

Brig. Gen. Michael C. Dudzik served as the mobilization assistant to the Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Forces Strategic-Space, Air Force Space Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Fourteenth Air Force, the historic “Flying Tigers,” is responsible for all U.S. Air Force space forces, including missile warning, space control, space-based surveillance, navigation and communications, satellite control, space launch and assigned and attached U.S. Strategic Command space forces.  General Dudzik was commissioned through the four-year ROTC program at the University of Detroit and assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institute Program for graduate education. He entered active duty in 1977 at the Air Force Foreign Technology Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, supporting the development of advanced aircraft avionics, reconnaissance and space systems. He has served in various active-duty and Reserve assignments, including technical intelligence; weapons of mass destruction counterproliferation and nuclear weapons policy development; space system acquisition; and space systems operations. The general commanded a Reserve intelligence detachment and served in Air Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense staff positions. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.  In his civilian capacity, he is an industry executive with extensive engineering design and development expertise.  He also serves on the advisory boards at the University of Michigan and the University of Central Florida.

EDUCATION

1975 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, University of Detroit
1977 Masters of Science degree in nuclear engineering, Ohio State University
1983 Squadron Officer School
1984 Master of Business Administration degree, University of Dallas
1985 Air Command and Staff College
1998 Air War College

ASSIGNMENTS

January 1975 – January 1977, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, WrightPaterson AFB, Ohio
January 1977 – January 1981, physicist, Advanced Technology Directorate, Foreign Technology Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
May 1981 – December 1987, individual mobilization augmentee, Nuclear Weapons Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
January 1988 – September 1992, individual mobilization augmentee, Air Force Element, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
October 1992 – September 1999, individual mobilization augmentee, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Washington, D.C.
January 1993 – January 1996, Commander/Director, Intelligence Reserve Detachment 30, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.
October 1999 – January 2003, senior individual mobilization augmentee, Directorate of Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
January 2003 – May 2005, mobilization assistant to the Commander, Space and Missile Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
May 2005 – present, mobilization assistant to the Commander, 14th Air Force and Joint Space Operations, Joint Functional Component Command, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Organization Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Former President, National Defense Industrial Association, Michigan chapter

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 4, 1975
First Lieutenant June 4, 1978
Captain June 4, 1980
Major May 2, 1986
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 20, 1995
Colonel Aug. 1, 1999
Brigadier General Aug. 4, 2005

Ms. Dorothy Engelhardt

Director, Unmanned Systems, Deputy Assistant Secretary Navy, Ships

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Ms. Dorothy Engelhardt

Ms. Engelhardt is the Director for Unmanned Systems within the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). Her portfolio includes Surface, Undersea, and enabling technologies such as autonomy, artificial intelligence, machine learning, energy, command, control and communications, sensors, kinetic and non-kinetic payloads. She is considered a Subject Matter Expert in Acquisition. Her experience spans Naval Aviation, Marine Corps Expeditionary Air/Ground, and Naval Unmanned Systems. As a Congressional Fellow, and Military Legislative Assistant, Ms. Engelhardt advised Senator Feinstein on all military matters.
Ms. Engelhardt has served in several disciplines to include research and development, requirements development, test and evaluation, logistics, congressional affairs and all facets of program management.
She is an original plank holder for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition for Unmanned Systems and is a known futurist, creative thinker, change advocate, problem solver and collaborator.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science and is a commercially rated pilot and proud mother of three accomplished women.

Bogdan I. Epureanu Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

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Bogdan I. Epureanu Ph.D.

Bogdan I. Epureanu is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Duke University in 1999. His current research interests and activities blend theory and fundamental experiments in nonlinear dynamics, structural health monitoring, aeroelasticity and computational dynamics, with applications relevant to biological systems, aerospace and automotive structures, and turbomachinery. Examples include creating novel mechano-chemical dynamic models of nanoscale intracellular transport processes, developing the next generation of highly-sensitivestructural health monitoring techniques, discovering novel methods for forecasting the nonlinear dynamics of complex systems, developing innovative reduced order models of complex structures, creating advanced system identification and control methodologies for complex structures and fluid-structural systems. Professor Epureanu has published more than 85 articles in archival journals, and has made numerous presentations at conferences and universities. He is also an Associate Editor of Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (Transactions of ASME) and of AIAAJ Journal and served as guest editor for several other journals. He organizes conferences/symposia and serves on several University and American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ technical committees. He has earned several national and international awards. Among his honors are the 2004 American Academy of Mechanics Junior Achievement Award, an NSF Career Award in 2004, the 2003 ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award, the 2001 Young Innovator Award from Petro-Canada, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ 2001 Best Paper Finalist Award, and was the winner of Eaton Corporation’s 1999 International Mechanical Design Contest. In 1998, Professor Epureanu received the A. M. Strickland Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Division of Manufacturing Industries. He was also awarded the 2005 Beer and Johnston Outstanding Mechanics Educator Award by the American Society for Engineering Education.

Matt Foglesong

Defense Technology Fellow, Pratt and Miller

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Matt Foglesong

Dr. Matthew Foglesong holds a PhD in Systems Engineering. He is a Marine Corps veteran, having served as an infantry and Reconnaissance Marine, and finishing his USMC career as the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Science and Technology Division Ground Combat Chief and Robotics Branch Chief, and advisor to the Secretary of the Navy on autonomous systems development and integration. He is a contributing author to the United States Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations Handbook and the Department of the Navy Unmanned Campaign Framework. Currently, he is the Defense Technical Fellow at Pratt Miller Engineering, where he focuses on future combat systems development and integration.

Mr. Dan Gallagher

Director Army Contracting Command– Detroit Arsenal

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Mr. Dan Gallagher

Mr. Dan Gallagher is the Executive Director and Senior Contracting Officer (SCO) of the Army Contracting Command- Detroit Arsenal (ACC-DTA), and serves as the United States Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) senior civilian procurement authority. In this capacity, he advises the TACOM Commanding General on the total acquisition process, to include policy development, compliance and review, contract pricing, contract management, and associated support.

ACC-DTA ensures warfighting readiness for the Soldier by providing contracting and acquisition support for combat and tactical vehicle systems, deployment and Soldier support equipment, and armaments. Mr. Gallagher directs more than 600 civilian and military personnel located at seven geographic sites. Annually, ACCDTA executes over 20,300 contracting actionstotaling $9.9 billion in obligations. Mr. Gallagher is responsible for contracting offices located at: Anniston Army Depot, AL; Red River Army Depot, TX; Sierra Army Depot, CA; Watervliet Arsenal, NY; Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, VA; National Ground Intelligence Center, Charlottesville, VA; and ACC-DTA, Detroit Arsenal, MI.

Prior to becoming the ACC-DTA Executive Director, Mr. Gallagher served as the Deputy Director, Contracting Operations, United States Army Contracting Command (ACC). In this capacity Mr. Gallagher provided oversight and guidance on contracting support requirements to ACC subordinate units and the ACC workforce.

Mr. Gallagher is a retired Army Colonel who began his military career when he was commissioned in 1982, following graduation from California University of Pennsylvania as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. His military education includes the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Training with Industry at General Dynamics in Pomona, CA, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

Mr. Gallagher has served in numerous Army command and staff positions during his career. His previous assignments include Deputy to the Commanding General, Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC), the ECC Contracting Operations Director, the ECC Chief of Staff at Fort Belvoir, VA., the Commander of Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Huntsville, AL and deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, working in the Pentagon as the DCMA Liaison Officer to the Joint Staff and Executive Officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Systems Management Office, Commander of DCMA Central Pennsylvania, Executive Officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement), Warranted Contracting Officer and Centralized Contracting Division Chief for the U.S. Army Contracting Command Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany, the Joint Contracting Center Chief for Croatia during Operation Joint Endeavor, New Equipment Fielding Officer for Program Manager Heavy Combat Wheeled Vehicles at the Tank Automotive Command, Detroit Arsenal, MI, and deployments to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope and to Southwest Asia for Operation Desert Storm. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Gallagher served in a wide variety of operational command, leadership, and staff assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC and the 1st Armored Division in Germany.

His civilian decorations include the Superior Civilian Service Award and Commanders Award for Civilian Service. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Department of the Army Staff Badge

Mr. Bryon D. Gerwolds

Deputy Director of Procurement Operations, DLA Land Warren

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Bryon D. Gerwolds

Bryon D. Gerwolds Deputy Director, DLA Land Warren Mr. Bryon D. Gerwolds currently serves as the Deputy Director of Procurement Operations, DLA Land Warren, Detroit Arsenal, MI. In this capacity, he is second in command overseeing an organization that procures over 1,100 depot level repairables per fiscal year for $1.1 billion to maintain weapons platforms in support of the Warfighter. He has been in this role since 2015. Mr. Gerwolds became a federal employee in 2004 when he joined the Michigan National Guard dual status technician program as a Contract Specialist. He continued to take on greater responsibility within the organization which culminated in advancement to Supervisory Contract Specialist overseeing four geographically separated contracting offices and thirty-four contracting professionals contracting services, construction, and commodities in support of the Warfighter. Mr. Gerwolds completed his pre and post graduate education while working full time and attending night school. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Business Management from Davenport University, Kalamazoo, MI in 2002. He completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Touro University International, Cypress, CA in 2009. Mr. Gerwolds joined the active-duty Army in 1989 and continues to serve today in the Michigan Army National Guard. He is currently a Battalion Commander with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His service includes deployments in Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Gerwolds is a Certified Federal Contract Manager, a Certified Defense Financial Manager, and Level 3 Certified in Contracting through the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) program. His military decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (3) and Army Good Conduct Medal.

Christopher Girdwood

Christopher Girdwood, Executive Director, Aerotropolis

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Christopher Girdwood

Christopher (Chris) Girdwood  leads the Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corporation, which is a four-community, two-county public-private economic development partnership driving corporate expansion and new investment around Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports. The Aerotropolis is the premiere location for greenfield expansion in Southeast Michigan, offering 6,000 acres of development-ready land centered in a world-class network of transportation infrastructure.

Previously, Chris worked to grow the 1,500-acre Prince William County, Virginia Innovation Park by attracting and expanding biotechnology, life science, and supporting industries. This unique university-centered model for economic development includes the Prince William Science Accelerator (9 wet labs) where Chris led the tenant recruitment, technical assistance, and graduation effort. His economic development experience also includes working as the Business Outreach & Communication Manager for the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation in California, and as a Senior Economic Development Associate with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in Washington, D.C. Chris also spent time with Morgan Stanley as a Wealth Advisor, in addition to supporting the warfighter as a civilian with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Chris attended Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Harvard Kennedy School. He holds one utility patent he and plans to invent new technologies throughout his life. He lives in Metro Detroit with his wife, daughter and son.

Dr. David J. Gorsich

Chief Scientist, Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center, Detroit Arsenal

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Dr. David J. Gorsich

Dr. David J. Gorsich was selected for a Scientific and Professional (ST) position in January 2009 and serves as the Army’s Chief Scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems, with a technical specialization in Modeling and Simulation (M&S). His current research interests are vehicle dynamics and structural analysis, vehicle design/optimization, reliability, underbody blast analysis, terrain modeling, spatial statistics, systems engineering methodologies and accreditation/validation of simulation methods.

Prior to his current role as the Chief Scientist at the CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center, he served in various positions of progressing responsibility in the center, such as Acting Director for the Strategic Plans and Programs Office, Associate Director for Modeling and Simulation, Team Leader in Robotics and Vehicle Intelligence, among others. He also worked on assignments in Army Materiel Command (AMC), Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and Acquisition (SARDA) and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). In recognition of his service, he was awarded several Commander’s Coins and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2003.

Dr Gorsich is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and serves on the SAE Board of Directors, and Standards, and is Associate Editor for several highly respected technical journals, such as American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, International Journal of Terramechanics, and International Journal for Reliability and Safety. He has published extensively with more than 150 conference and journal articles, including more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Transactions of SAE, International Journal of Vehicle Design, Journal of Mechanical Design, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Contemporary Mathematics, Physical Review, among others. He recently co-authored a book called “The TARDEC Story: Sixty-five Years of Innovation” which traces the evolution of innovation in TARDEC to its current position as the center of excellence for ground vehicle development and integration in the U.S. Army.

He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000, his M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from George Washington University in 1994 and his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in 1990.

Dr. Tim Havens

Director, Great Lakes Research Center, Marine Autonomy Research Site and the Smart Ships Coalition, Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Tim Havens

Tim Havens received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he was an NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan State University. Before his Ph.D. work, he was an Associate Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dr. Havens has been recognized for both his teaching and research accomplishments, having been awarded the 2014-15 Professor of the Year by the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, Beta Gamma Chapter, and Best Paper Awards at FUZZ-IEEE 2012 and IEEE SMC 2011. His research has been funded by U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Ford Motor Company, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Akela Inc., U.S. Army, Army Research Office, Michigan Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation, and National Science Foundation.

Mary Hernandez

Chief, Strategic Mission Support Contracting Division, U.S. Army Contracting Command-Warren 

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Mary Hernandez

Ms. Mary Hernandez serves as the Chief of the Strategic Mission Support Contracting Division, Army Contracting Command-Detroit Arsenal (ACC-DTA). In this capacity, she is the Division’s senior Contracting Officer and business advisor on the total acquisition process, including acquisition planning; contract solicitation, negotiation, execution, and administration; and process management. Ms. Hernandez leads a contracting division of 75 personnel. The Strategic Mission Support division provides contracting and acquisition support for consumable items; services and support for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of all non-standard vehicles, and FMS spare and repair parts for the DoD. Prior to her current role, Ms. Hernandez served as the Chief of the Multi-Site Support and Systems Contracting Division. The Multi-Site Support and Systems Division provided contracting and acquisition support for all Allied Tactical Vehicle systems; services and support for FMS of all non-standard vehicles, and FMS spare and repair parts for the DoD. The Division also included total contracting support for the operations at Anniston Army Depot, Red River Army Depot, Sierra Army Depot, and Watervliet Arsenal. Ms. Hernandez served as the Stryker Engineering and Production Branch Chief, providing acquisition support for the award of Stryker vehicles, vehicle upgrades and system technical support services to include incorporation of the Double-V hull (DVH) survivability enhancement into four Stryker Brigades. Ms. Hernandez was instrumental in the development and execution of the acquisition strategy for the successful integration of 30mm cannons into a brigade of Stryker Infantry Carrier vehicles to be deployed in Germany. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Stryker Development and Systems Technical Support Team Chief, overseeing the negotiation and award of various engineering services and development contracts to include the development and incorporation of the ECP 1 technologies to restore space, weight and power in the DVH vehicles. Ms. Hernandez obtained a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University (2007), and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University (2003). Ms. Hernandez is Level III certified in Contracting, Level 1 certified in Program Management and a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. Some of Ms. Hernandez’s most noteworthy awards include: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2017); Secretary of the Army Contracting Professional of the Year (2016); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2012); U.S. Army Material Command Frank S. Besson Jr. Award for Contracting Excellence – Civilian Intern (2006). She resides in Macomb, Michigan with her husband, Rudy and their children, Sebastian and Natalia. As of April 2022

Sam Homsy

Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, NDIA Board of Directors

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Sam Homsy

Samuel C. Homsy joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Associate in the Troy, MI office on 2 March 2020 as the Army Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS), TACOM HQ/ILSC, FMS, and NGCV CFT market lead. 

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Sam was a 10-year veteran of Navistar Defense, LLC rising to the position of VP of Program Management/Marketing and Trials.

Sam retired from the United States Army after 22 years of service.  While in the Army, Sam served in a variety of positions as a Combat Engineer Officer and an Army Acquisition, professional.  His service included duty at Fort Ord, California with the 13th Engineer Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, 40th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany and the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany. 

In 1997, Sam spent three years as an Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY before transferring to the US Army Acquisition Corps.  As an Acquisition Officer, Sam was an Assistant Product Manager (PM) in the Office of the PM, Construction Equipment/Materiel Handling Equipment in the Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support in Warren, MI.  He also served as a staff officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) in the Pentagon.  Sam became PM Light Tactical Vehicles in August 2006, also in Warren, MI.

Sam retired from active duty in November 2009.  Soon thereafter he accepted a role as Advisor to the NDIA-Michigan Chapter Board of Directors and has been serving on the Board in various capacities ever since.   Currently, Sam is Communications Director of the NDIA Michigan Chapter.

Sam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from USMA and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

David Horton

ILSC Deputy Executive Director

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David Horton

David W. Horton Deputy Director, Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC) Tank Automotive Command, (TACOM) Mr. Horton is a native of Columbus, Mississippi and a graduate of Mississippi University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He began his Army career in 1983 as a Personnel Administrative Specialist, and entered civil service in 1986 as a Supply Management intern. His initial assignment at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command, (TACOM) was as a Secondary Item Manager in the National Inventory Control Point (NICP), Abrams and Recovery Branch where he managed repair and spare parts. Mr. Horton currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Tank Automotive Command, Integrated Logistics Support Center, (TACOM-ILSC). In partnership with TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, the TACOM ILSC provides life-cycle oversight and management of integrated logistics support for the new and fielded TACOM systems and pro-actively accomplishes maintenance, repair, logistics, and supply-chain management for assigned systems world-wide. Prior assignments include; Director Ground Combat Support, Readiness & Sustainment Directorate (GCS R&S Dir); Director, Combat Support and Combat Service Support, Readiness & Sustainment Directorate (CS&CSS R&S Dir); Director of the Combat Maneuver & Recovery Product Support Integration Directorate (CM&R- PSID); Director for Logistics Integration for Future Combat Systems (FCS) where he presided over the Army’s primary effort to modernize support and sustainment of the Brigade Combat Teams; Chief of Logistics Engineering for PM Stryker; Chief of Logistics Development for PM Abrams and served two years in Kuwait executing the Abrams Tank sale; the cornerstone of Kuwait’s effort to modernize their Army. TACOM ILSC

Kevin Kelly

Director Business Development, American Center for Mobility (ACM)

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Kevin Kelly

As Director of Sales & Operations, Kevin drives sales conversion into ACM’s smart mobility test center, ensuring that customers’ needs are understood, and ACM delivers the results companies are looking for in test and demonstration activities.

Kevin brings over 25 years of experience working in the automotive industry with a focus on business development, marketing and advertising. Kevin gained exposure to managing large-scale events supporting connected and automated vehicle competitions with organizations including Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (C.A.M.P.), ITS America, ITS World Congress, and Progressive Insurance Automotive XPrize.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Communications from Eastern Michigan University. Kevin is also involved in STEM activities at the community level, coaching and mentoring at local school districts.

Ms. Lenell Kern

Public Affairs, Lead for Strategic Engagements, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson AFB OH

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Ms. Lenell Kern

Lenell Kern is the Public Affairs Lead for Strategic Engagements at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).  Her primary responsibility is to discover strategic engagement opportunities with targeted audiences in the civic leader community, the Science and Technology ecosystem, as well as university and academic partners with the goal of spreading informational reach and collaboration, and to inform and educate decision and policy makers. Her tenure with AFRL spans over three decades developing a network of supportive relationships with various AFRL stakeholders, including the Department of the Air Force, Congress and other government agencies, industry, academia and think tanks. Lenell’s networking and interactions with external stakeholders have proven to be successful across the nation, and for this event – members of MAMA, MDEX attendees and Small Business in Michigan!

Bob Mawson

Sr. Business Development Manager, DOD Programs, QinetiQ Inc.

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Bob Mawson

Bob Mawson is the Senior Business Development Manager for QinetiQ.  He retired in 2008 from the US Army after proudly serving as a Combat Engineer for 22 years. Bob supports all QinetiQ’s Unmanned System product lines and concentrates his efforts pursuing DOD UGV Programs. He supports the pursuit of unmanned system business opportunities through robotic demonstrations, Military Utility Assessments and operational testing. Bob is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy Class 56, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Business Administration from Walden University.

 About QinetiQ

QinetiQ delivers world-class technology and revolutionary products to the defense, security, commercial and utility markets. Customers rely on QinetiQ products to increase situational awareness, aid in personal safety, enhance security and streamline operations. QinetiQ’s products include unmanned systems, military survivability solutions and power sensors and control systems. QinetiQ is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts and operates as the US arm of QinetiQ Group’s Global Products division. For more information, visit www.us.QinetiQ.com

Brian S. McJilton

Director, Small Business, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson AFB OH

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Brian S. McJilton

Mr. Brian McJilton is Director of Small Business for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).  He is responsible for the AFRL Small Business Programs, and the Air Force Technology Transfer and Transition (T3), commercialization and innovation programs.  He focuses on developing novel interactions between AFRL researchers, small businesses and community partners to provide innovative technologies to meet Air Force requirements and AFRL small business contract award goals.  His duties include the identification of small businesses that have capabilities to meet the AFRL requirements, outreach and recruitment of small businesses, transferring and commercializing AFRL intellectual property, aligning AFRL scientists and engineers with external S&T ecosystem members (e.g., university, industry, government) toward innovation initiatives, and the training of scientists, engineers and contracting officers on the small business and technology transfer programs.

Prior to his appointment as the Director of Small Business, Mr. McJilton served in a number of leadership positions for both AFRL and AFLCMC.  He most recently served as the AFRL Headquarters Plans and Programs Directorate – Senior Technical Director where he was responsible for assessing strategic guidance, informing and supporting strategic planning and programming, and alliances — both internal and external — to the AF S&T laboratory.  Mr. McJilton also served as the S&T Strategy – Partnering & Presence IPT lead, which focused on enterprise collaborations and the needed enhancements and new approaches to expand and deepen AFRL’s engagement with external S&T ecosystems (e.g., universities, industries, government) to support the maturation of technology to accelerate transition of solutions/capabilities addressing future challenges facing both the USAF and USSF.  Mr. McJilton also served as the Branch Chief (2011 – 2019) for the Headquarters Plans and Programs Directorate, Business Operations Division, Integrated Processes Branch, steering integration and support of necessary processes, procedures, and tools to synergize enterprise approaches and compliances.  From 2007 – 2011, he served as the supervisory Chief Engineer of the Business Systems Group at Air Force Material Command/554 Electronic Systems Group.

Prior to serving in Federal civilian service, Mr. McJilton worked 18 years in industry for a variety of large and small businesses (e.g., SofTech, CACI, Universal Systems Inc, Integic Corp, GRACAR Corp, MacAuley-Brown) in various capacities such as Computer Engineer, Senior Systems Engineer, Engineering Management, Business Development, and Business Area Manager.  Mr. McJilton also served eight years in the United States Air Force (Active & Air National Guard).  He has a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Phoenix, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science/Engineering from Capital University. MAMA, MDEX attendees and Small Business in Michigan!

Ms. Barbara McQuiston

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

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Ms. Barbara McQuiston

Ms. Barbara McQuiston is the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). In this role, she is responsible for the research, development, and prototyping activities across the Department of Defense (DoD) enterprise. She also oversees the activities of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the Space Development Agency (SDA), the DoD Laboratory and Engineering Center enterprise, and the Under Secretariat staff focused on developing advanced technology and capability for the U.S. military. Ms. McQuiston previously spent nearly a decade in government service at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While at the agency, she served in the Defense Science Office, the Strategic Technology Office, and finally as a Special Assistant to the Director for Energy. Over her tenure at DARPA, Ms. Quiston directly supported the development of significant communications technologies, and championed the development of alternative energy programs to reduce the DoD’s dependency on imported fossil fuels. In 2010, she received the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for her accomplishments in these leadership roles. In 2011, President Obama nominated Ms. McQuiston for the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, though after her nomination became stalled in Congress, she requested it be removed. In addition to her time at DARPA, Barbara has more than 30 years of commercial experience. Ms. McQuiston has experience in executive management in high-technology companies, medical products and government service. Her experience has included strategic planning and development of new and innovative technologies for information, communications, biotechnology, medical and environmental markets; negotiation for technology agreements; and technology transfer from private institutes, governments and laboratories to the commercial sector. She has been deeply involved in venture fund technology investment and technical oversight for research, development and product efforts. Additionally, she has also advised capital management funds and has negotiated and managed technology transfer agreements in both the public and private sector. Ms. McQuiston holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Phoenix.

Jon Mulder

VP of Sales, Volta Power Systems

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Jon Mulder

 

As the VP of Sales at Volta Power Systems, I have the opportunity to educate customers on the benefits and limitations of advanced energy. It is a privilege to represent a company that does not make customers choose between sustainability and affordability. Volta Power Systems can deliver on both.

Prior to Volta Power Systems, I have spent thirty years in manufacturing, finance and global sales primarily in the automotive world. 

Donald Nolan

Director of Heavy Maintenance, Kalitta Air, LLC

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Donald Nolan

Don is an extremely knowledgeable, effective, quality-focused member of management with extensive experience and expertise in providing technical services in airframe and powerplant maintenance.  Through his diverse background which began with line and hangar maintenance services, he has gained over 35 years of aviation experience including: A&P mechanic, maintenance control and logistics; airframe and heavy maintenance contract negotiations; aircraft systems and components repair; and aviation production management.  As a vital company representative for both the Part 121 and Part 145 operations, he utilizes his knowledge and experience in aircraft maintenance to ensure timely departures while remaining focused on quality services and reliability for our fleet and for those of our Part 145 customers. His ability to lead effectively is paramount to the success of production/maintenance services in Oscoda, and his expertise with aircraft structures, systems, and components is frequently utilized by our company representatives around the globe to assist with troubleshooting problems and ensuring timely departures. His extensive knowledge and years of experience with aircraft systems and components make him a vital asset to our maintenance division and to Kalitta Air, LLC as a whole.

 

Don’s direct, practical leadership style is one of the keys to his success as the Director of HVY MX in Oscoda Michigan. Through his almost 40 years of experience as an airframe and powerplant technician with IAS-Worldwide, PAN AM, UPS, AIA, Kitty Hawk, Timco & Pegasus (among other airlines and leasing entities), Don has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing maintenance services for a variety of aircraft in commercial, corporate, and other settings. His prior experiences as a technical services representative for Pegasus have taken him all over the globe, and have enriched his knowledge base with respect to the unique needs of a multitude of aircraft models, as well as the nuances of contract delineation and regulatory compliance. Since he became a member of the Kalitta Air team of aviation professionals, Don has been integral in starting up the Part 121 Oscoda maintenance division/Class IV Part 145 Repair Station (cert. #KO0R718X) and the continuation of its successful operation since 2001. Don’s approach to problem solving is swift, direct and tenacious, and he is extremely effective at maximizing both human and material resources to ensure quality-driven, cost-effective production processes. He possesses a strong sense of dedication and integrity in the performance of his duties as production manager and then 145 D.O.M, and has a unique ability to forecast and flow maintenance operations in order to reduce ground time and maximize productivity and reliability in our maintenance division. Don is vigilant in his direct involvement in the aircraft maintenance operations in Oscoda; yet he is also concurrently adept at motivating and capitalizing upon the strength and experience of veteran senior managers, as well as the rest of our technicians and support staff. Consequently, he is highly respected—not only as an excellent leader, but as one who is also willing to pick up a wrench, get his hands dirty, change an engine or tire, or perform Engine Runs any duty necessary to ensure safety, reliability, regulatory compliance and the timely departure of aircraft.

LTC Daniel O’Neill,

 Expeditionary Energy & Sustainment Services, PEO CS&CSS

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LTC Daniel O’Neill

LTC Daniel O’Neill was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps in 2002 after graduating from St. John’s University Collegeville, MN with a BA in Biology. After completing OBC, he was assigned as a Platoon Leader with B Co. 226th Medical Logistics Battalion, Misseau, Germany. He deployed to Iraq serving as OIC of the Forward Distribution Teams from Jan 2004 to Jan 2005. Upon return, he was assigned as the Division Medical Supply Officer, 701st Main Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Kitizgen, Germany. After their deactivation, he was assigned to C Co. 299th FSB 2nd BCT 1st Infantry Division, Schwienfurt, Germany deploying to Iraq from Aug. 2006 to Nov 2007 serving as the OIC for detention operations, Brigade Medical Supply Officer and finally as the Deputy SPO. Upon return, LTC O’Neill attended the Captains Career Course. After graduation, he was assigned as the Chief of Materiel, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii then as the Chief of Logistics and Company Commander at the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic. He then was selected for the MBA School of Choice program and attended the University of Minnesota receiving his MBA in Supply Chain Management in 2015. He then served as the Chief of Requirements and Programs for the Office of the Surgeon General G-46 at Ft. Detrick, MD. LTC O’Neill was then assigned to the United States Army Medical Materiel Agency and served as the Chief of Materiel Fielding followed by the Director of the Force Sustainment Division and finally as the Deputy Commander for Operations.

His military education included the AMEDD Officers Basic Course, Health Services Materiel Officers Course, AMEDD Officers Advanced Course, Hospital Medical Logistics Course, Health Systems Functional Proponent Course, the Command and General Staff Officer Course and the Battalion Pre-Command Course. He has also completed the Army Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt programs and is Defense Acquisition University certified Level 1 in Life Cycle Logistics and Level 3 in Program Management.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medial (2OLC), National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal (4 stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the Demonstrated Master Logistician from The International Society of Logistics.

LTC O’Neill is married to the former Tammy Tuckosh of Cleveland, Ohio. They have three children Jackson (10), Elizabeth (8), and Liam (6).

Mr. Wolfgang Petermann

Transportation Systems, PEO CS&CSS

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Mr. Wolfgang Petermann

Wolfgang Petermann hails from the greater Detroit, Michigan, area. He entered civil service in 2010 following his retirement from the U.S. Army, where he served on active duty for 22 years. As Project Manager, Transportation Systems, his portfolio includes Product Manager Heavy Tactical Vehicles, Product Manager Multi-Mission Protected Vehicle Systems, Product Manager Allied Tactical Vehicles, and Product Director Army Watercraft Systems.

Prior to assuming his position as Project Manager, Transportation Systems, Wolfgang held a broad range of troop leadership and staff positions at the battalion, brigade, product- and project manager levels. His primary acquisition assignments have included: Product Manager, Sets, Kits, Outfits and Tools; Product Manager, Heavy Tactical Vehicles; Director of Logistics, United States Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Program; Program Manager, International Programs, Tank Automotive Research & Development Engineering Center; Product Manager, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles; Director of Army Programs, Office of Defense Cooperation, Greece; Assistant Program Manager for Operations, Future Combat Systems; Assistant Project Manager for Procurement, Stryker Brigade Combat Team; Contingency Contracting Officer, U.S. Army Japan.

He attended Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Later, he attended Boston University, where he earned a master’s degree in international relations. He has also completed the Command and General Staff College, as well as executive program management and contracting courses through the Defense Acquisition University. Wolfgang is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in Program Management, Contracting, and Purchasing. He is also level II certified in Logistics.

His previous civilian and military awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Joint Forces Commendation Medal. He has also has earned the U.S. Parachutist Badge, the Greek Parachutist Badge, and the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge in bronze.

Dana Pittard

VP of Defense Programs, Allison Transmission

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Dana Pittard

Dana J.H. Pittard is a retired United States Army general officer. He served as Joint Force Land Component Commander-Iraq (JFLCC-I) from June 9, 2014, during the coalition response to the incursions by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Daesh) into Iraq from Syria.  Pittard was deputy commanding general of operations (DCG-O) for ARCENT, the United States Central Command/Third Army, based in Kuwait, until 2015. He was also the commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.  He was also Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations & Training at the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Virginia and commanding general of the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

Alissa Roath

 Executive Director National Advanced Mobility Consortium

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Alissa Roath

Alissa Roath currently serves as the executive director of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC). As the senior executive, Ms. Roath oversees the enterprise operations, strategy and relationships. The NAMC is the home of the Ground Vehicle Services (GVS) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army and other OTAs, critical to advancing innovation within the Department of Defense. 

Ms. Roath was promoted to executive director after serving as the director of operations in which she led the organization through a transition to a standalone enterprise in late 2020. While serving as the director of operations, she was the only full-time employee of the NAMC.

Prior to joining NAMC, she worked with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) for eight years in various managerial level roles., including the NAMC portfolio.  Before NCMS, she spent ten years with Westbrook Engineering Company, Inc., leading their marketing efforts.

Since May 2020, Ms. Roath volunteers as the director of communications for the Women in Defense Michigan Chapter.

Ms. Roath holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Wayne State University. She resides in Michigan with her family.

Mitch Rohde

CEO, Quantum Signal AI

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Mitch Rohde

Dr. Mitch Rohde cofounded Quantum Signal (QS) following his graduation from the University of Michigan in 2000. Since that time, he has led Quantum Signal’s business operations and grown the company through a diverse portfolio of technologies, products, and services. Quantum Signal was founded with the express purpose of bringing advanced signal and image processing technologies out of the academic research lab and into real-world applications, and has done so across many programs and application areas. Dr. Rohde has spearheaded and directed dozens of advanced research and product development projects for public and private clients over the past nineteen years, and QS’ products are in use worldwide. Under Dr. Rohde’s leadership, Quantum Signal has been building and delivering autonomous vehicle technology, systems, and tools for over decade.  Quantum Signal is well known for the ANVEL modeling and simulation environment, used widely by military robotics developers to develop, test, and validate their unmanned and autonomous systems.  In his spare time, Dr. Rohde is a serious collector and restorer of antique arcade equipment, with over 140 classic machines in his collection.  He holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering, all from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and is a member of Sigma Xi, IEEE, NDIA, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi

Dr. Philip Root

Director, Strategic Technology Office (STO), DARPA

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Dr. Philip Root

Army Lt. Col. (ret) Philip Root, PhD, was named director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) in February 2022. He previously served as DSO’s deputy director and acting director from June 2019 until moving to STO. He previously served as program manager within the DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO) where he explored the intersection of AI, autonomy, and military operations. His former TTO programs include the Squad X program, Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy (URSA), the ALIAS aircrew autonomy program, the Mobile Force Protection counter-UAS program, the Underminer tactical tunneling program, and the DSO Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program. He maintains responsibility for the legal, moral, and ethical (LME) analysis of the URSA program as an exemplar for in-depth LME analysis of an autonomous system.

Before coming to DARPA, Root was the director of the Center for Innovation and Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he oversaw cadet and faculty research in support of Army operations. As a research and development officer, Root has deployed to Afghanistan developing and implementing the hardware and software needed to support cloudbased military intelligence analytics. He served two years as an Astronaut Office support engineer at the Johnson Space Center where he had oversight responsibilities for the booster and launch abort system of the Constellation program intended to return Americans to the Moon.  Root spent nearly the first decade of his career as an Apache helicopter pilot in Germany and Korea. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and he received his Master of Science and doctorate from MIT at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS).

Vicki Selva

MDEX Chairperson, NDIA Board of Directors
Executive Director, Michigan Defense Center

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Vicki Selva

Vicki Selva is the Executive Director of the Michigan Defense Center and leads a robust team of professionals to Protect and Grow Michigan’s defense, defense aerospace and homeland security industries and missions.

Vicki has been managing budgets, developing programs and strategies for the Michigan Defense Center since 2013 in various roles and is a leader in reshaping the State’s efforts to protect and grow missions and industry in federal contracting sectors of the economy:

  • An Architect and Manager of the State of Michigan’s Protect & Grow Initiative; a strategy for Michigan’s defense assets, industry and community.
  • Federal Contract Bid Writing Services Program; Co-developed and implemented this tool for Michigan companies to begin federal contracting.
  • Strategic Communications; Develops the state’s messaging, marketing strategies and materials for Michigan’s defense sector.

Prior to taking a leadership role at the Michigan Defense Center, Vicki built her reputation working with defense entities, global, national and local companies and has developed many important relationships with key members of industry, government and academia through her decade long service with U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin.

Vicki is a Board Member for the National Defense Industry Association- Michigan Chapter and has been appointed Michigan Representative to the NDIA National Policy Committee. Vicki is the Chairperson and Director for the Michigan Defense Exposition, a nationally recognized annual showcase of Michigan’s Army assets and supporting industries. Ms. Selva has also volunteered her time to mentor young professionals with the Women in Defense (WID) Association and is also a member of the Association of U.S. Army (AUSA).

Vicki Selva has been awarded the Macomb County Partnership Award, the NDIA Volunteer of the Year Award and is recipient of the 2017 Women in Defense/Crain’s Horizon Innovation Award. Nominations include the NDIA National Red Ball Express Award given to members of the defense community with expertise and a history of supporting tactical wheeled vehicles and the National Association of Defense Communities Annual Accomplishment Award.

Wallace (Wes) Smith, Jr

Co-Owner, Business Development Lead, Globe Tech, LLC

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Wallace (Wes) Smith, Jr

-Recruited to play Division I Soccer at Oakland University and studied Mechanical Engineering in 2011

-Transferred in 2013 and Graduated from Michigan State University in 2016 with an Engineering Degree in Applied Engineering Science

-Commissioned into the Michigan Army National Guard in 2016 branching Aviation

-Pilot and of a CH-47F Chinook

-Deployed in 2020-2021 in support of OIR

-Commander of CH-47F Maintenance Company

-Married to Emma Smith (Officer in the Michigan Army National Guard branch Medical Services in 2017)

-Co-Owner & Business Development Lead of Globe Tech, LLC in Plymouth, Michigan

Mr. Mike Sprang

JPO Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) PEO CS&CSS

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Mr. Mike Sprang

Michael D. Sprang entered civil service in 1993 as an engineering co-op while attending GMI Engineering & Management Institute. Mr. Sprang assumed the role of Project Manager for Joint Program Office – Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in June 2019. During the period of November 2014 through June 2019, Mr. Sprang served as the Deputy Project Manager – Joint Light Tactical Vehicles. During the period of January through June 2018, Mr. Sprang served as the acting Deputy Program Executive Officer, Combat Support and Combat Service Support. Prior to assuming duties with Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, Mr. Sprang served as the Product Director for Engineering and Manufacturing Development – Alpha, within the Joint Project Office, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles. As the Product Director for Engineering and Manufacturing Development – Alpha, he had overall program management responsibility for one of the three Engineering and Manufacturing Development Joint Light Tactical Vehicles’ Contractors.

From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Sprang served in Product Manager, Light Tactical Vehicles as the Assistant Program Manager for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Production and Sustainment and Assistant Program Manager for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Modernization. During this time, he had overall responsibility for the continued production and sustainment of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and modernization program.

From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Sprang served as Assistant Program Manager for Crew Protection with Project Manager, Tactical Vehicles. He served as the technical manager responsible for all aspects of the Add-on Armor program for the U.S. Army with an operating budget of approximately $1.2B. The Add-on Armor program provided significant and rapid solutions on all tactical vehicles operating in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His previous positions include System Acquisition Manager for Heavy Tactical Vehicle Armor, Heavy Equipment Transporter System, and Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, after serving as the system engineer on the Heavy Equipment Transporter System and Heavy Trailers.

Mr. Sprang has been an Acquisition Corps member since 2005 and holds Level III certification in Program Management, Level III certification in System Planning, Research, and Development – Systems Engineering, and Level II certification in Systems Planning, Research, and Development – Program Systems Engineer.

His awards and honors include the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2006 & 2011), Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2009 & 2015), Superior Civilian Service Award (2012 & 2018), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Red Ball Express (2013), and was inducted into the Honorable Order of St. Christopher.

Mr. Sprang holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute and Master of Business Administration degree from Lawrence Technological University.

COL Shane Sullivan

Force Projection PEO CS&CSS

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COL Shane Sullivan

Colonel Shane Sullivan grew up in Fayetteville, West Virginia. He is the son of the late Jim Sullivan. His mother, Carol Sullivan, still resides in Fayetteville. He graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1990 and from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1994. He received his commission as a 2LT in the Corps of Engineers with his first duty assignment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He first served as a Sapper Platoon Leader in the 37th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne Corps), with subsequent positions as a Combat Engineer Light Equipment Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. Upon completion of the Captain’s Career Course, he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas in the 1st Cavalry Division where he served on the brigade staff as both an Assistant Operations Officer in Bosnia and as a Brigade Adjutant at Fort Hood. He moved to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division where he served as a Battalion Maintenance Officer and as Commander, A Company. Upon completion of company command, COL Sullivan was selected for assignment at West Point where he served as an instructor and executive officer.
COL Sullivan transitioned to the Army Acquisition Corps and held positions as an Assistant Product Manager (APM) and Acting Product Manager in the Future Combat Systems Program, and Deputy Program Manager (DPM) in Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) before being selected as an assignment officer for the Army Human Resources Command (AHRC). COL Sullivan worked at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and in Afghanistan as the Product Director for Coalition, Command and Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), delivering urgently needed capabilities to the warfighter. COL Sullivan then served as the Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors Operations Lead (Forward) in Afghanistan. He served as Product Manager Ground Sensors at Fort Belvoir, Virginia from 2012-2015 where he was responsible for delivering numerous state-of-the-art sensors to the warfighter. Most recently, COL Sullivan served as the Military Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Plans, Programs, and Resources) with orders to become Project Manager Force Projection in July 2019.

COL Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Point, a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is certified in Program Management and Engineering. His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), Army Commendation Medal with 1OLC, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, NATO Medal and several others. His wife, Rhonda, and two children live in Lorton, VA.

Dr. Nikola Subotic

Co-director MTRI, Michigan Tech Research Institute 

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Dr. Nikola Subotic

Dr. Subotic is the Co-Director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute.  Dr. Subotic’s technical interests are in sensing systems and signal processing;  specifically Radar systems.  In the Radar area, Dr. Subotic has performed research in low frequency, penetrative Radars to very high frequency automotive collision avoidance Radars.  Dr. Subotic works in both imaging Radar and moving target indicator systems. Dr. Subotic has made contributions in both phased array and digital beamforming technologies.  In addition, he has designed automotive Radar waveforms, processing algorithms and exploitation algorithms.  His current interests in the automotive Radar field is in joint Radar waveform design to avoid mutual interference.  Dr. Subotic has recently been awarded two patents for his automotive Radar work.  In addition, Dr. Subotic received a ‘Top 100 Invention’ award in 2014 from R&D magazine.  Dr. Subotic has made other significant contributions to the theoretical and experimental development of information processing systems.  The practical applications of his work include partial coherent imaging, time (space)-frequency representations of signals for signal and image processing, image based sensor fusion, and bilinear (quadratic) systems.  He is also contributing to real-time hybrid optical processing systems, detection theoretic algorithm development, computational electro-magnetics, and the application of time-series models to SAR data for sequential detection and vibration analysis.    Dr. Subotic holds 12 patents.  Dr. Subotic has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, Universities and Government Workshops.  His publications include contributions to 3 books, over 30 technical papers, and some 50 technical reports.  He has also presented some 25 papers at technical society meetings. Dr. Subotic has served on numerous government technology panels.  Most recently he has served on DARPA panels to investigate Electronic Counter-Counter Measures in ISR systems, Continuous Birth-to-Death tracking of targets, and Multi-sensor (MTI track, SIGINT, and image) fusion technologies. Dr. Subotic was a finalist for researcher of the year for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 2000. 

Dr. Satish Udpa

Distinguished Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University

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Dr. Satish Udpa

Satish S. Udpa serves as a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University (MSU). Prior to reverting to his current position in October 2019, he served in many administrative capacities at MSU including Acting President, Executive Vice President for Administration, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also served as the President of the Michigan State University Foundation. Dr. Udpa was the Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and a faculty member at Colorado State University before joining Michigan State University in 2001. Professor Udpa also serves as MSU’s Interim Campus Mobility Director.

 Udpa’s research interests span the broad area of sensing and measurement. He has focused his energies on developing a variety of sensors for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) applications together with tools for developing them and analyzing data generated by such sensors. He has published extensively, holds several patents, and was the technical editor of the Electromagnetic Nondestructive Testing Handbook, published by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. He served as the editor of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics and the regional editor of the International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics until recently.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), the Indian Society of Nondestructive Testing, and the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He serves as a member of Michigan Governor’s Council on Future Mobility and Electrification.

Mrs. Amy Weichel

Director of the Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD), Materiel Systems Organization (MSO).

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Mrs. Amy Weichel

Mrs. Amy Weichel serves as the Director of the Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD) within the Materiel Systems Organization (MSO). The mission of the SAMD is to develop, execute and manage Security Cooperation programs to strengthen U.S. Global Partnerships for TACOM-managed commodities. Mrs. Weichel reports to the Director for TACOM MSO, Mr. David Holm. Mrs. Weichel entered federal service in January 2004. Her first assignment was as a Logistics Management Specialist in the SAMD at TACOM. As a Logistics Management Specialist from 2004-2008, she was responsible for the development, planning, and execution of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements. From 2008- 2009, Mrs. Weichel joined the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) to provide logistics and sustainment support to the New Equipment Training, Fielding, Retrofit, and Reset teams. In 2009, Mrs. Weichel accepted a position with the Iraq Tracked Vehicle Intensive Management Office (ITVIMO) within the Project Manager (PM) Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) to manage the FMS production of M1A1 SA tanks and M88A2s. In 2010, Mrs. Weichel was promoted to the ITVIMO Program Manager/Chief position and was responsible for leading and overseeing the high profile multiyear, multi-billion dollar FMS program. She served in that capacity until being reassigned as the Morocco Program Office (MPO) Chief in 2015 within PM Main Battle Tank Systems (MBTS), where she served until her promotion as the TACOM Director for Security Assistance in October 2018. Mrs. Weichel holds a Masters of Science Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Central Michigan University (2009). She is Level III certified in both Acquisition Logistics and Program Management. She resides in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan with her husband Jason, and has three children, Juliet, Alaina, and Charlotte.

MG Darren Werner

Commanding General U.S. Army TACOM

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MG Darren Werner

Maj. Gen. Darren L. Werner assumed the duties as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Army Materiel Command on June 12, 2020. The command employs thousands of people worldwide and oversees a $30 billion budget annually. In addition to the command staff at the headquarters located at the Detroit Arsenal, Maj. Gen. Werner oversees activities at the Integrated Logistics Support Center, four depots, two arsenals, the Army’s ground equipment supply chain, life cycle management, and sustainment efforts affecting active-duty Army units around the world. His previous General Officer assignments include Commanding General, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Hood, Texas, and Director, Strategic Logistics Integration (G-4/5/7), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, United States Army, Washington, D.C. Maj. Gen. Werner’s brigade command was as the Commander, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, in Germany and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan. His battalion command was as the Commander, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq. Maj. Gen. Werner was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at Central Michigan University in 1988 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1989. He also holds a master’s degree in human resources from Webster University, Missouri, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. During his career he has served overseas in Germany, Jordan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Korea. His decorations and badges include Legion of Merit (with four bronze oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with one silver oak leaf cluster and one bronze oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster), Parachutist Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.

Phil Wills

Program Manager, VES LLC

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Phil Wills

Phil Wills is the local Program Manager, based out of Troy, Michigan, for Vidovich Engineering Services (VES) LLC.  VES is a small business headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.  Established in 2014, VES’ core competencies are the development of custom Government off the Shelf (GOTS) infrastructure software, integrating tactical Command and Control (C2) systems, and rapidly building prototypes demonstrating emerging technologies solving Army tactical architecture challenges.  VES has specialized expertise in building Government Off the Shelf (GOTS) Linux and secure Android that are customized for Army Ground Vehicle requirements and performing as a Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) for complex Army Tactical mounted and command post systems. 

Phil has over 25 years of Air Force, Army acquisition, program management, and executive leadership experience, including four years of active duty as a systems acquisition officer in the United States Air Force and over 20 years at Booz Allen Hamilton supporting major Air Force and Army acquisition programs.

Phil has a Master and Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ms. Kim Yoder

Senior Acquisition Advisor, Office of Small Business, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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Ms. Kim Yoder

Ms. Kim Yoder is currently a Senior Acquisition Advisor for the Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Small Business at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.   Ms. Yoder graduated from the Air Force Officer Training School in 1985 and began her active duty military career as an Administrative Contracting Officer for the Civil Reserve Air Fleet at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.  She served in various assignments, to include operational contracting, systems acquisition, contract administration, program management, research and development, staff and inspector general duties.  In addition, her career included overseas assignments to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines and Iraklion Air Station, Crete, Greece as well as deployments to Southeast and Southwest Asia and Central America.  After retirement from active military service in 2005, Ms. Yoder continued a civil service career with the government in various assignments as a Procurement Analyst for Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command and Deputy Director of Contracting for the Air Force Research Laboratory.  Most recently, she stood up the AF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transition (STTR) Contracting Office to support the award of all SBIR/STTR contracts and other transaction agreements across the Air Force.   

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