MILWAUKEE – Speakers from General Dynamics, DRS Technologies, Altamira Technologies and Johnson Controls will discuss science and technology needs within the federal government and their own companies during the seventh annual “Resource Rendezvous” in Milwaukee. 


The one-day conference is aimed at helping companies learn how to increase their chance of receiving federal grant dollars or research agreements. Produced by the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium and the Wisconsin Technology Council, the event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Union Ballroom on the UW-Milwaukee campus. 


Early-bird registration is $99 through Sept. 10 and $119 thereafter. A student rate of $50 is available for undergraduates. All may register by clicking here or visiting Scheduled speakers are:  

–       Bruce Beihoff, director of innovation technology at the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium 

–       Chris D’Agostino, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Altamira Technologies Corp. 

–       Dr. Robert Drury, health and behavioral coordinator at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital 

–       Brian Sisk, director of controls and modeling for Johnson Controls Power Solutions 

–       Kevin Vernagus, manager of business development and technology collaboration for the General Dynamics Land Systems Maneuver Collaboration Center 

–       Ted Wegner, assistant director at the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory 

A luncheon panel, featuring Richard Deschauer of DRS Power & Control Technologies and Alan Perlstein of the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium, will address the hurdles faced by companies seeking military contracts and the outlook for available funding in the near future. 

More than 15 selected companies will showcase research and product development ideas as part of the afternoon “Quad Pitch” presentations. Presenting companies will be announced soon. To register and learn more about the Resource Rendezvous, visit For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Joy Sawatzki at 608-442-7557.