12th Annual NanoTechnology for Defense Conference (NT4D)

Since the signing of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (Public Law 108-153) in 2003, NanoTechnology for Defense (NT4D) has provided an opportunity for Government leadership to interact directly with industry executives, academia, and technical representatives, to discuss current and future opportunities for nano and advanced technology development supporting the DoD warfighter objectives and dual-use opportunities.  Initiated over a decade ago by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the NT4D remains the premier event addressing emerging, advanced, and nano technology for defense needs and solutions.

NT4D’s special focus is on accelerating the rate of transition from discovery to technology.  With that focus in mind, the conference identifies defense technology needs, presents exciting nano advances primed for technology development, forges connections to facilitate and accelerate the development process, and provides solutions for obstacles to accelerating the transition of nanotechnology and emerging technology innovations.  In essence, it addresses the most critical issues in real and emerging needs for defense. Collaboration and opportunities for innovation are key elements at this event.

The 12th Annual NanoTechnology for Defense Conference (NT4D), 17-20 November 2014, will be held at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly, Virginia.  This year’s NT4D features a wide array of learning and networking opportunities through its technical program.

The Conference will feature an Innovators & Small Business Forum (ISBF) that primes businesses and academia for doing business with government and provides opportunities for one-on-one discussion between these parties. The ISBF includes a variety of talks on how to do business with the government including:

  • "Leveraging and Partnership Opportunities in the Army Research Laboratory” by Mr. Steven Taulbee, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • "DoD Small Business Innovative Research Overview" by Mr. Larry Pollack, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • "Moving Manufacturing Left: A Structured Approach for Manufacturing Planning" by Dr. Karla Strong, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • “Acquiring R&D Funding from Federal Mission Agencies” by Dr. Jim Murday, University of Southern California.

In parallel with the ISBF are two workshops on 2D Materials & EM Characterization that include experts from various perspectives.  Tuesday kicks off with a Plenary Session featuring executive level perspectives including

  • Dr. Tom Russell, Director, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • Dr. H.D. Stevens, Chief Engineer, STAR Labs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • Dr. Alicia Jackson, Deputy Director, Biological Technologies Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Dr. Mihail Rocco, Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology, National Science Foundation
  • Prof. Ahmed Busnaina, Director, Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University.

Technical talks Tuesday through Thursday include Advanced Manufacturing, Nano-Biology & Biotechnology for Health; Advanced Coatings & Films, Next Generation Electronics, Warfighter Capabilities/ Energetic Materials for Propulsion & Power, Energy Storage & Conversion, Metamaterials, Nanostructured Materials, and Tech Insertion Success Stories. The event also includes an expanded poster session Monday through Wednesday, an exhibit show, and a host of networking opportunities via receptions, tours, and side meetings.

For more information or to register, visit: www.usasymposium.com/nano

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