2015 Nano For Defense (NT4D) Conference

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 13th Annual Nano for Defense Conference (NT4D) will be held at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, California on November 16-19, 2015.  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 discussions between these parties.  The ISBF includes a variety of talks on how to do business with the government.  Hear from Mr. David Sikora, Acquisition Program Manager, Air Force Small Business Office; Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, QD Vision, Inc.; Mr. Steve Taulbee, ARL Outreach Office; and Dr. James Garrett, Vice President, Technology Development Division, Luna Innovations Incorporated.

There will be workshops following the ISBF on topics including Human and Environmental Health and Safety for Nanotechnology: Basics of Nano EHS; Cloaking for Sound and Light Using Metamaterials; and Nanoinformatics.  Tuesday kicks off with a Plenary Session featuring executive level perspectives including Dr. Steve Wax, Chief Scientist, J9, Defense Threat Reduction Agency; Dr. Douglas Deason, Director Advanced Research, Missile Defense Agency; and Mr. Charles Chase, Sr. Program Manager, Revolutionary Technology Programs, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.  Technical talks Tuesday through Thursday include Advanced Manufacturing/Nanomanufacturing; Nano/Biotechnology: Advanced Materials and Detection Capabilities; Advanced Coatings & Films; Next Generation Electronics; Safety & Health; Power & Energy Generation; Nanostructured Materials: 1-D, 2-D, and Metamaterials; 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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