Conference Will Showcase Langley's SBIR
NASA Langley Research Center will
host the first-ever Research Development and Technology Conference
on April 6 at the Radisson Hotel in Hampton.
The conference will focus on NASA's
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business
Technology (STTR) programs and the National
Institute of Standards & Technology's Advanced Technology
Thayer Sheets, NASA's SBIR New
Initiatives Manager, said the conference will allow Langley to
market itself to Virginia's small, high-tech businesses and offer
them information on how to compete for SBIR funds. The SBIR and
STTR programs have Fiscal Year 2000 budgets of $92.1 million and
$5.5 million, respectively.
"It is an opportunity for them to
learn about the program," Sheets said. "We are trying to attract
Virginia companies that are interested in research being performed
Virginia Secretary of Technology
Donald W. Upson will deliver the keynote address during a luncheon
at noon on April 6.
NASA speakers will include:
Langley Center Director Dr. Jeremiah F. Creedon, who will give the
opening remarks; NASA's General Aviation Programs Manager Bruce J.
Holmes; Langley's Technology Commercialization Program Office
Director Samuel A. Morello; NASA's SBIR/STTR Program Manager W.
Paul Mexcur; and NASA's SBIR Procurement Manager Karin Huth.
Other speakers will include: Dr.
K.C. Das, director of
Virginia's Office of Innovative Technology; Anne A.
Armstrong, president of the Virginia
Center for Innovative Technology; and Dr. Michael
Dingerson, Old Dominion University's associate
vice president for research and graduate studies.
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Note to Editors: For details about the
conference agenda, call the Virginia Office of Innovative
Technology at 804-371-2748.