Carlos Salazar, a leading technology scout for the National Security Agency, will be among the guest speakers representing key federal agencies at 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.
Salazar is a scout in the Research Directorate of the NSA, where he is responsible for finding technologies that may be of benefit to the agency. He also helps with technology transfer initiatives, such as spinning out NSA technologies to industry or bringing outside technologies inside. Salazar earned degrees from Brigham Young University, California State University, Fullerton, and The Johns Hopkins University, all in electrical engineering. He has more than 20 years of federal government service and has worked for the Department of the Air Force, Department of the Navy, and is currently assigned to the Department of Defense at the NSA.
More speakers will be announced soon. Previously announced was Gregory Milman, director of the Office for Innovation and Special Programs in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will conduct a workshop on how to write winning federal grant proposals. Milman manages the $100-million small business program within NIAID and is acclaimed for his advice on National Institutes of Health grant preparation and research funding.
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. Tracks will focus on “What the feds really want: Healthcare, hardware and space exploration,” and “Homeland defense, intelligence, and rapid deployment.”