Defense Innovation at Startup Speed:
SmallSats as Mission Enablers
With their lower cost to orbit, shorter mission duration, and modular design, Small Satellites are changing the way we access and utilize space. Join us for an evening of talks, networking, and pitches with thought leaders in the field of Small Satellites and their applications in commercial remote sensing and defense. The BAE Systems’ team will bring experts from government, university, industry, and startups to the Venture Café for an evening of programming centered on accelerating space innovation.
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AGENDA: SmallSats as Mission Enablers
5:00 – 5:05 PM Welcome and Introductions
5:05 – 5:20 PM BAE Systems Space Applications
5:20 – 6:30 PM Presentations: Mission Enabling SmallSats at BAE Systems
6:30 – 7:30 PM Panel: Application of SmallSats for Innovation in Defense
7:30 – 8:30 PM Small Business Presentations
- SmallSats as Mission Enablers - November 15th
- Cyber Security - July 19th
- Electronics & Manufacturing - May 10th
- Autonomy - March 8th
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed: SmallSats as Mission Enablers
November 15th, 2018
5:00 PM – 5:05 PM Welcome and Introductions by Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, BAE Systems
Dr. Scire-Scappuzzo is Sr. Dir. of Innovation and Advanced Technology and Chief Scientist at BAE Systems Inc. – FAST Labs. She was Co-founder, President and CEO at Ondetech LLC, Cambridge, MA; Vice President of R&D/CTO at Metamagnetics Inc., Canton, MA; Principal Research Scientist at Physical Sciences Inc., Andover, MA; and tenured Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Catania, Italy. Francesca obtained her BS and MS, in EE at Univ. of Catania, Italy; MS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA; PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland; and she was Post Graduate Fellow at the European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC in The Netherlands. Dr. Scire-Scappuzzo has published over 30 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 7 patents. She is serving as Chair of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, Boston Section, and Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, Plasma Science, and Antenna and Propagation Letters.
5:05 PM – 5:20 PM BAE Systems Space Applications
Leslie Jelalian is Vice President of Strategy & Planning for the Electronic Systems sector. She previously served as the VP&GM for the Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) business area and as the VP of Engineering for the Electronic Systems sector. Jelalian joined the BAE Systems in 1988 and served in a wide variety of leadership roles. Jelalian received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also earned her master’s degree in systems engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Jelalian was honored by the Boston Business Journal and the Mass High Tech Council as one of twenty “Women to Watch”.
5:20 PM – 6:30 PM Presentations: Mission Enabling SmallSats at BAE Systems
1) “SmallSats Revolution” – Dr. John P. Hogan
Dr. John P. Hogan leads BAE Systems research and development of technologies that exploit communications, image, video, underwater acoustics, and other signals. When SPX was formed in 2014, John served as its deputy, co-developing the strategy which resulted in a growth in funding from $65 million in 2104 to $87 million in 2017. John also serves as FAST Labs lead for the ES space adjacency strategy; which includes including SmallSats.
John brings 28 years of government-sponsored R&D experience. He joined BAE Systems in 2013 as director of the Spectral & Image Exploitation technical area, which later became the Video Image and Spectral Exploitation directorate. Prior to joining BAE Systems, John was president and CEO of a small business that conducted multidisciplinary system, hardware, and software R&D, manufacturing, and direct support to operations for the Air Force, Special Operations, and Intelligence communities.
John has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, with concentrations in Electro-Optics and Communications
2) “Space Autonomy Challenges and Needs” –
John Grimes, Section Lead, Distributed Fusion
John Grimes is Section Lead of Distributed Fusion within the Autonomy, Control, & Estimation Product Line at BAE Fast Labs. John has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Johns Hopkins University (2007). While studying starburst galaxies he worked on satellite operations, data analytics, and computational modeling. After graduating, he transitioned to MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Space Systems Analysis group (2007-2017). During this time he worked on a wide variety of applied research problems related to space control, surveillance, and communications. His particular areas of expertise are in automated battle management, behavior modeling, predictive tracking, space systems, and surveillance systems. Previously he has also worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Chicago.
3) “Automated Mission Decomposition for Space Operations, Technology Gaps” –
Marian Chaffe, Section Lead, Multi-Domain Anticipatory Intelligence
Marian Chaffe is Section Lead for Multi-Domain Anticipatory Intelligence at BAE Systems Fast Labs. She joined BAE Systems in 2012 where she has served in various roles both as a systems engineer, planning and executing field testing, and as a research engineer working on data analysis and machine learning for the defense and intelligence communities. Marian holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, both in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in controls dynamics
4) “Technology Scale Up to Constellations” –
Ed Zehner, Program Manager, Ground to Space Systems Sustainment, BAE Systems I&S
Ed Zehner is a Program Manager in the Intelligence and Security Sector of BAE Systems INC. He has provided project and program management for numerous space-related prototyping and sustainment projects. His career focus has been on making space-based capabilities available to users, to include launching and operating satellites as well as using the satellite payload capabilities. His MS in Space Operations is from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Dayton, OH and he has an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC.
5) “SpaceVPX High Performance Computing Modules for Next Generation Onboard Processing” –
Geoffrey Torrington, Technical Director, C4ISR Solutions Engineering
Geoffrey “Geoff” Torrington is Technical Director within C4ISR Solutions for the Electronic Systems sector of BAE Systems INC. He is an optical scientist and has worked on a diverse array of projects including military satellite communications, spacecraft onboard processing systems and remote sensing systems, to the Boeing 777 flight instrumentation.
Geoff has held individual contributor, team leader, project manager, and program manager positions within Commercial Industry, Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, and the US Government. At Sandia, he designed and realized the first space optical system to use Calcium Fluoride lenses. Other notable projects included designing a novel CubeSat mission, operating and designing space-based spectrographic laser sensors, applying advanced analytics to space situational awareness data, and developing the colorimetric certification regime for cockpit flight displays. Geoff has a M.S. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University.
6:30 – 7:30 PM Panel on Application of SmallSats for Innovation in Defense
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Small Business Presentations
A selection of local entrepreneurs will pitch their ventures with the latest innovations in SmallSats with opportunities for applications in defense.
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed: Cyber Security
July 19, 2018
5:00 PM – 5:10 PM Welcome and Introductions by Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, BAE Systems
Dr. Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo is Director of Advanced Technology and Innovation and Chief Scientist at BAE Systems FAST Labs. She has over 20 years’ experience designing, prototyping, patenting, and integrating next-generation electronic devices and systems for defense, commercial and scientific applications.
Before joining BAE Systems Francesca was Co-founder, President, and CEO of Ondetech LLC, Vice President of R&D at Metamagnetics Inc; Principal Research Scientist at Physical Sciences Inc. and tenured Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Catania, in Italy. Francesca obtained her undergraduate and master degrees, Summa cum Laude in EE at University of Catania, Italy; her MS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA; her Ph.D. at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland; and she was Post Graduate Fellow at the European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC in The Netherlands.
5:10 PM – 5:30 PM BAE Systems Capabilities and Vision for the Future of Cyber Security
Ray Brousseau is Vice President of Engineering for the Electronic Systems sector.
He is responsible for all engineering efforts. These include critical skills and resource management, technology management, strategic planning, budget, and the overall continuous improvement of the Electronic Systems engineering organization.
Ray brings more than 20 years’ experience in avionics design and development into the position. He previously served as engineering director of the Survivability and Targeting Solutions business area. Through his years with BAE Systems and its legacy businesses, Ray has served in engineering roles in increasing responsibility from the chief engineer of the F-35 Electronic Warfare program to technical director/chief engineer of the Electronic Combat Solutions business area to engineering director of the Survivability and Protection Systems business area.
Ray holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). Ray serves on the board of Membership of Industrial Advisory Board, Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell, as well as the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire (CEIPS). In addition, Ray is a member of Aerospace Industrial Association (AIA).
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Technical Presentations
Cyber Resilience at FAST Labs
Presented by Brian DeCleene
Dr. Brian DeCleene is the Chief Scientist for the Cyber Technologies group with BAE SYSTEMS FAST Labs. Previously, as technical director, Dr. DeCleene founded the Cyber Defense and Networking research group which executed over $100M in contract funded research of the DoD in the areas of cyber-resilience, multicast security, network coding, network calculus, and real-time optimization/response to cyber threats. He holds multiple patents and technical publications including two book chapters.
Vehicle Cyber Resilience
Presented by Sam Hamilton
Dr. Sam Hamilton is Chief Scientist at BAE Systems. He was COO at Siege Technologies LLC, CTO at Distributed Infinity and Director of Operations at Lockheed Martin Information Assurance.
Network-Side Cyber Resilience
Presented by Michael Wang
Dr. Michael Wang is a Principal Scientist at BAE Systems FAST Labs. His research interests lie at the intersection of applied mathematics (distributed network optimization), electrical engineering and computer science (heterogeneous networks and communication systems). Michael received his PhD and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University working with Dr. Mung Chiang in 2016 and 2013 respectively, and his BS in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011.
Host-Side Cyber Resilience
Presented by Yingbo Song
Dr. Song is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at BAE Systems. He specializes in machine learning and network security. He is currently PI for the DARPA I2O Transparent Computing program where he studies provenance of information using graph models. Previously, he was PI on the DARPA DSO IMPROV program where he developed a passive target designator system using Android. He has also worked on real-time anomaly detection for HTTP and DNS traffic, and Mobile Ad-hoc Network (MANET) simulation and routing protocols. Dr. Song obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2012.
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Break
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM Cybersecurity Expert Panel
7:45 PM – 8:30 PM Startup Pitch Session
Five (5) local start-ups innovating in the cybersecurity will pitch their ventures to BAE Systems.
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed: New Materials & Manufacturing for Advanced Electronics
May 10, 2018
5:00 PM – 5:10 PM Welcome and Introductions by Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, BAE Systems
Meet Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, Sr. Director Advanced Technology and Innovation, at BAE Systems FAST Labs, and hear about the innovative plans the company has in store as she kicks off an evening of talks, pitches, and networking on Advanced Electronics in the Defense sector.
5:10 PM – 5:30 PM BAE Systems’ Advances and Vision for the Future
Dr. Jerry M. Wohletz, Vice President and General Manager of FAST Labs
Dr. Jerry M. Wohletz is the Vice President and General Manager of FAST Labs Business Area which is the research and advanced technology arm of BAE Systems INC. Of Dr. Wohletz’s 26 years of Aerospace and Defense experience, 17 years included profit and loss responsibilities. Prior profit and loss responsibilities included running complex organizations responsible for delivering $0.5B in annual revenues, capturing large-scale defense programs (>$2B), and developing new-to-the-world products that are current market leaders. In addition to running businesses, Dr. Wohletz has also served as a Strategy Director leading change initiatives for the future of Electronic Warfare, and regularly briefs senior Department of Defense executives. Dr. Wohletz has been recognized for his contributions to our Nation’s Defense and was honored to be selected to serve on the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Technical Presentations
Additive Manufacturing for Functional Electro-Optical & Radio-Frequency Defense Applications
Advanced Manufacturing at BAE Systems
6:15 PM – 6:30 PM Break
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Expert Panel
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Startup Pitch Session
Five (5) local start-ups innovating in the area of manufacturing, new material and electronics will pitch their ventures to BAE Systems.
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed: Autonomy
March 8, 2018
5:00 – 5:15 PM
Meet Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, Chief Scientist and Section Lead at BAE Systems Inc. and hear about the innovative plans the company has in store as she kicks off an evening of talks, pitches, and networking on Autonomy in the Defense sector.
The Future of Autonomy in Defense
5:15 – 5:30
Meet Chris Eisenbies, Product Line Director at BAE Systems Inc. and hear about Future of Autonomy in the Defense sector.
Autonomy for Defense Applications at BAE Systems
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Hear from a selection of BAE scientists about their recent work on situational awareness in autonomy, computations for autonomous operation, autonomous planning and control and AI/Machine Learning driving autonomy:
Situational awareness in autonomy – Sarah Rumbley, Senior Scientist
Computations for autonomous operation – Silviu Chiricescu, Principal Scientist
Autonomous planning and control – Kevin Rose, Principal Scientist
AI/Machine Learning drives autonomy – Brad Rhodes, Chief Scientist
Startups Pitch Sessions
6:45 – 8:00 PM
Five (5) local start-ups innovating in the area of autonomy, AI, and data fusion will pitch their ventures to BAE Systems.
1. CTI 2. iSee 3. Robodub 4. Sentenai 5. SICDrone 6. Mighty AI
Lightning Panel on Defense Innovation
8:00 – 8:30 PM
Join this session for intel on the latest happenings in defense innovation and to make great connections with experts from BAE Systems.