150 Attend "Energy for Defense" at University of Minnesota

Posted 5/26/11 (Thu)

 Minneapolis, May 24, 2011 - The Advanced Power & Energy Cluster (APC) was featured at the "Energy for Defense" event held at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota.  The event was co-hosted by APC, the Minnesota Science & Technology Authority and the University's Institute on the Environment (IREE).  The full afternoon and evening session was attended by industry, academic and government individuals with interest in providing technology and services to the power and energy market, principally for the federal government. "Energy for Defense" was sponsored in part by Teamvantage, and Minnesota Defense.

Presenters included:  the Boeing Company's program manager for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Richard Hendel; the SBIR Director from the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Manny Oliver; and BAE Systems' Vice President and General Manager for Ground Combat Vehicles, Mark Signorelli.  A panel on commercialization success was given by Kevin Nyenhuis of Able Energy Co., Ron Rich of Atmosphere Recovery and Jeffrey Woodson of the Cleantech Open initiative.  Concurrent sessions were held just before the evening reception, and included:  Federal R&D Funding, by Becky Aistrup, the SBIR Director of the Minnesota Science & Technology Authority; Intellectual Property Challenges and Opportunities by H. Sanders Gwin, Partner, Schumaker and Sieffert, P.A.; and Teaming Arrangements in Federal Contracting by Mike Gulli of Dayton T. Brown, Inc., and Tim Connelly, Partner, Eckland & Blando, LLP.

The event was preceded by a full morning session for APC Members only, and included an APC "Basics" session, and matchmaking with regional resources who can assist Members with advancing their technologies and services to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and commercial sources. To learn more about the APC, go to

The Defense Alliance is an independent business network headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its mission is to network and expand the defense and homeland security industries, to create and retain high quality jobs, and to further promote the region’s important contributions to our men and women of the armed forces. The Defense Alliance is an Advanced Defense Technologies (ADT) Cluster for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), principally focused on advanced power and energy technology solutions in the Upper Midwest.