The list of federal science and technology “scouts” and related speakers continues to grow for the fifth annual “Resource Rendezvous.”

The conference, produced by the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, the Wisconsin Technology Council and the UW-Milwaukee, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa. Registration is $120 and $50 for students; all may register by clicking here or visiting

Previously announced speakers were Gregory Milman, director of the Office for Innovation and Special Programs in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who will conduct a workshop on how to write winning federal grant proposals; and Carlos Salazar, a scout in the Research Directorate of the National Security Agency, where he is responsible for finding technologies that may be of benefit to the agency. Other speakers will include:

  • Edward Buck, a lead engineer in the power design and architecture group at Eaton Corp., which has a portfolio of industrial, aerospace and vehicle products.
  • Tom Gillespie, a partner at In-Q-Tel, which identifies and finances opportunities faced by the federal intelligence community
  • James Grove, who coordinates various aspects of the regional science and technology directorate for the Department of Homeland Security
  • Paul Lambert, a program manager for the Small Business Innovation Research program for U.S. Marine Corps
  • Robert Romero, a leader in the Office of Technology Partnerships and Planning at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Robert Sienkiewicz, acting deputy director of the Technology Innovation Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Researchers, grant writers, business leaders and others who attend will learn about the R&D interests and related funding opportunities of participating agencies. The Resource Rendezvous will also feature early stage companies presenting to key people in federal agencies during the Elevator Pitch presentations.

To register and learn more about the Resource Rendezvous visit or contact Jodi Hoeser at 608-442-7557 ext. 26 or