Middlesex Community College Forum: Doing Business with the Department of Defense21 Oct

On October 19, 2011, I attended a forum on “Doing Business with the Department of Defense” that was held at the Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts. This event was hosted by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas in partnership with the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC). Seasoned business executives and DOD officials explained the most recent green acquisition mandates, details about green procurement and suggestions on locating contracting opportunities. Panelists included:

• Rick Hess, VP at American Superconductors

• Stephen Lasher, Director of Business Development for R&D, Satcon

• Sandra Ledbetter, Central Mass Procurement Technical Assistance Center

• Andrew (AJ) Raiber, Contracting, Army Corps of Engineers Contracting

• Bill Donaldson, Electronic Systems Wing Small Business Office

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was discussed as an excellent opportunity to be considered by entrepreneurs as a means of commercializing a product or process. For more information, please contact me (jeff@jheversonconsulting.com).

Attendees will receive slide presentations. Others can download a document entitled, “From Barracks to the Battlefield, Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces.” This report, prepared by the PEW Charitable Trusts, provides an excellent overview of the military clean energy requirements in terms of vehicles, biofuels, as well as energy efficiency, renewables and storage at bases.

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About Dr. Everson

Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.

Contact

For more information about how JHEverson Consulting can help your company with its SBIR and STTR proposals, please contact Jeff Everson.

JHEverson Consulting is based in the Boston area but consults for clients throughout North America. It also is supported by affiliated consultants.