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Event Details:

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) University Innovation Summit was a 2-day event designed to interact with Universities and Research Institutions to discuss MDA’s Science and Technology areas of interest and how it relates to MDA’s Strategic Vision. In addition to technical sessions, attendees interacted with MDA senior leadership and technical experts in One-on-One sessions.

MDA contracting personnel discussed contracting avenues such as the Missile Defense Science and Technology Advanced Research (MSTAR) AND Advanced Technology Innovation (ATI) Broad Agency Announcement’s (BAA) as well as Other Transaction Authorities (OTA’s).

Conference Briefings:

Administrative Remarks (With Video)
Dr. Yazmin Carroll
Director, MDA Technology Maturation

Innovation, Science, and Technology
Video
Dr. Shari Feth
Director, MDA Innovation, Science, & Technology

Keynote Speaker
VADM Jon Hill
Director, MDA

MDA Engineering
Mr. David McNeill
Chief Engineer, MDA

MDA Architecture
Mr. Stan Stafira
Chief Architect, MDA

Science & Technology
Dr. David Denhard
Director, MDA Science & Technology

Technology Maturation Overview
Dr. Yazmin Carroll
Director, MDA Technology Maturation

STEM
Ms. Jacqueline Martin
STEM Program Lead

SMART Scholar Program
Ms. Vicki Kitchens
Program Lead for SMART Scholar & Missile Defense Career Development Program

Hacking for Defense University Program
Dr. Donna Havrisik
Mission Assurance Specialist, STEM Ambassador

Hypersonic Defense Overview
Mr. Mark Glenn
Chief Technology Officer, Hypersonic Lead

MDA Radiation Hardening (RadHard) Program
How to Request HI Beam Time
Dr. Jonathan Ahlbin
Chief of Radiation Hardness Assurance

MDA Propulsion Overview
Mr. Kevin Krueger
Technology Maturation, Research Area Lead

NANOSAT Program Overview
Dr. Jeff Keller
Technology Maturation, Chief Engineer

Sensors and Directed Energy Technology Overview
Mr. Richard White
Program Manager, Sensors and Directed Energy Technology

DVD Directed Energy Direct Diode
Ms. Patricia Wallentine

AB Sea-Based Weapon Systems
Dr. Bob Pennington

TCE Targets and Countermeasures
Mr. Claude Snoddy

CEM MANTECH
Dr. Steven Cox

CEP Technology Protection
Mr. Kyle Hoover

CES Software Fuzzing
Dr. LeMonte Green

SE Lethality
Mr. Richard Yaw

DVT IS&T-Test
Mr. James McComb

Navigating the MSTAR, ATI BAA and the new OTA
Ms. Luisa Martinez-Medina
PCO, IS&T Contracting
Ms. Regina Neal
PCO, IS&T Contracting

JHTO University Consortium for Applied Hypersonic Research Overview
Dr. Gillian Bussey
Director, JHTO University Consortium for Applied Hypersonic Research



University Engagement Program

MDA's Advanced Research program executes and provides technical oversight for Missile Defense Agency Science and Technology Advanced Research (MSTAR). MSTAR is a research effort of undergraduate and graduate research at domestic universities and universities within U.S. territories.

The research sought by the MDA is used to advance and solve complex technological problems, ultimately contributing to a more robust Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Several BMDS research areas interest the MDA and may provide direction for MSTAR proposal submissions:

  • Radar and Communication Systems
  • Electro-Optical/Infrared Sensor Systems
  • Directed Energy Systems
  • Computer Science, Signal and Data Processing
  • Mathematics, Probability and Decision Theory
  • Materials and Processing
  • Phenomenology
  • Interceptor and Space System
  • Modeling and Simulation

Universities interested in working with the MDA have several avenues for beginning a research partnership.

  • Missile Defense Agency Science and Technology Advanced Research (MSTAR)
    This broad agency announcement is open to all accredited domestic universities and colleges. This program funds relevant Advanced Technology research and demonstration work at qualified accredited domestic colleges, universities, or institutions of higher learning, and it supports training of future scientists and engineers in the field of missile defense.
  • Advanced Technology Innovation (ATI) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
    This broad agency announcement is open to any university, organization, or individual that does not receive the majority of its funding from the federal government. These efforts identify and develop innovative concepts, stimulate technology innovation, and exploit breakthroughs in science to offer robust technology improvements to all elements of the BMDS.

    Universities can use the ATI BAA to submit proposals for the Agency's International University-to-University research efforts. These efforts are cooperative technology development projects focused on fostering research between U.S. and foreign universities of allied nations, to explore cutting edge and possible breakthrough technologies for future enhancements to the BMDS.