DoD Innovators Spotlight Series

December 7, 2021

Mr. Matt Jones is a Technology Transfer Specialist in the Technology Transfer (T2) Office within the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (DEVCOM CBC). Mr. Jones joined the CBC T2 office 4 years ago, and has worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground for 20 years as a contractor and civilian in various capacities. In the last 4 years, he has been a key member of a team that has brought a renewed CBC focus on collaboration, including winning the 2019 FLC Excellence in Technology Transfer award for a decontaminant patent partnership with small business MQM/M2DCON.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Mr. Jones has spearheaded the execution of a number of groundbreaking collaborations, including highly publicized K9 COVID detection and training partnerships with the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Air Force 341st Training Squadron. Other pandemic related partnerships include Axle Box Innovations, CH Technologies, CodeClear, and ExxonMobil.
Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science, with a minor in Biology, from Salisbury University; a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College; and is a Defense Acquisition University Level III Acquisition Professional in the Engineering career field. Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Navy as a Sonar Technician (Surface) Second Class from 1988-93.

Mr. Wayne Jordheim has 33 years of technical and managerial experience across many of the technical areas at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Keyport (NUWCD Keyport). He is currently the Non-Traditional Programs Office engineering lead, managing Navy, Office of Secretary of Defense and Joint Services station-wide rapid fielding projects and proposals and assisting engineering professionals of each branch guide their training and tool set development. Mr. Jordheim works closely with Office of Naval Intelligence, National Security Agency, and multiple other entities in academia and the Intelligence Community to solve technical problems and develop new capabilities. He is currently leading several efforts within the Foreign Material Exploitation community to use Keyport technical expertise to assist in developing, manufacturing, and logistical support of engineering solutions specifically for Navy Intelligence work. As a previous engineering manager, he directly supervised the Mechanical/Electronic Engineering Applied Technology Branch at NUWCD Keyport, overseeing engineers in various rapid prototyping and fabrication projects with disciplines that included cable and circuit board design and manufacture, solid state gyro design/development/manufacture, metal trades manufacturing, and additive manufacturing and repair. This position involved recruiting, hiring, and mentoring over 100 engineers in direct hire and intern positions, including supporting intern rotations within the organization.
Examples of how Mr. Jordheim is inspiring and cultivating the next generation of STEM leaders, include:
• Founding member of SeaPerch,/ Remotely Operated Vehicle High School Challenge activities where U.S. Navy civilian employees from NUWCD Keyport, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and Naval Submarine Base Bangor mentor students in Grades 6-12 on the construction and testing of underwater vehicles.
 • Chairman of the North Kitsap Career and Technical Education engineering advisory committee and works closely with the engineering faculty of North Kitsap High School district in Washington State throughout the school year for curriculum development and student projects. • Co-founded a For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics team at Central Kitsap High School (Team 3223) 11 years ago and still an active member.
 • Sponsor of multiple Engineering Senior Design project teams at Washington State University, Olympic College campus in Bremerton, WA. For the past 5 years worked with faculty and students to define the project, scope the project to something that can be accomplished in the limited time the students have, and proving technical direction and engineering mentorship during the school year.
 • Multi-year mentor and sponsor of Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) projects for university undergraduate engineers to participate in Navy sponsored design projects.

November 16, 2021

Mr. David Lee is a Technology Transfer Associate in the Technology Transfer (T2) Office within the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (DEVCOM AC). DEVCOM AC, headquartered at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, is the US Army's primary research and development arm for armament and munitions systems; its mission is to “Lead research, development and engineering of systems solutions to arm those who defend the nation against all current and future threats, both at home and abroad.” Technology Transfer is an integral part of the Armaments Center’s Mission to maintain a leading technological edge for the U.S. Warfighter. As a part of the DEVCOM AC T2 Team, Mr. Lee is responsible for all aspects of DEVCOM AC’s technology transfer practice including executing cooperative research agreements (with domestic, international, academic and industry partners), overseeing the DEVCOM AC patent portfolio, developing intellectual property licensing and marketing strategies, and facilitating and executing strategic partnerships, and agreements with other Federal and State partners. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer as the Northeast Regional Co-Coordinator.
Mr. Lee began his career with the Army as a Presidential Management Fellow working in labor relations and management employee relations. He has since held positions in portfolio management, operations (operations security), and workforce management, before starting his current position in the Technology Transfer Office in 2015.
Mr. Lee received an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington, and recently completed the requirements for a B.S. in Biochemistry from Arizona State University. Mr. Lee is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

Dr. Sara Quraishi is an experimental physicist at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). She received her PhD from the Univ of Colorado working in the Quantum Physics Division at JILA and the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST), Boulder, CO. She was selected for an Intelligence Community (IC)Postdoctoral Fellowship where she worked on trapped ion quantum information and was chosen as a National Research Council (NRC) Post-doctoral Fellow to work on quantum-enhanced sensing.
She serves on several technical committees, served the guest editor of a special issue on trapped ion quantum platforms and has given multiple invited talks in the area of hybrid quantum networking. Dr. Quraishi was chosen by ARL’s Director to develop a quantum program. She identified quantum networking as an ARL mission aim and helped establish ARL’s quantum networking program. Dr. Quraishi leads a team of scientists and students and her research with laser-cooled trapped ions investigates multi-site quantum networking. The effort involves development of quantum hardware including quantum memories and quantum technologies for modular quantum networking.

October 26, 2021

Oluseyi (Seyi) Ayorinde is a researcher on the Silicon team at the CCDC Army Research Lab, and is currently working out of the west coast office in Playa Vista. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia, where he explored generating and configuring custom, sub-threshold Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) hardware, as well as designing accelerators for ultra-low power systems-on-chip (SoCs). He is currently focusing on development of low-power digital circuits for various applications. His research interests include Machine Learning Acceleration, Swarming Algorithm Acceleration, Digital Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design, and Low-Power FPGA hardware design. He also has an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach, particularly in exposing under-represented communities in STEM to engineering and science activities and opportunities. He serves as the chair of the CCDC ARL-West Outreach Committee.

September 21, 2021

The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) Technology Transfer Program (TTP) accelerates and improves the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. The ORTA team executes a variety of partnerships to protect NSA intellectual property, advance mission and technology, leverage resources, and enable greater efficiency. These partnerships include:

  • Patent License Agreements
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements
  • Education Partnership Agreements
  • Technology Transfer Sharing Agreements
  • Open Source Software

The NSA ORTA Team won the Department of Defense George F. Linsteadt Technology Transfer Award in 2020 for creating and implementing NSA’s process for releasing NSA developed capabilities to the open source community. The team comprises of: Linda Burger, Karen Presley, and Kiana Y. Williams. To learn more about the NSA ORTA Team’s awardees, check out their individual bios below.

Linda Burger is the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications. Ms. Burger leads a team of technology transfer (T2) professionals that accelerate and improve the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. Her experience includes owning operating an IT business, leading technology based economic development programs for Howard and Frederick counties (MD), and working as a consultant and Systems Analyst in the public and private sectors. She earned a Master of Administrative Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from UMBC, and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Karen Presley is the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications. Ms. Presley leads a team of technology transfer (T2) professionals that accelerate and improve the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. Her experience includes owning and operating an IP Solutions business and working as an IP attorney with law firms in the Washington DC area. She has worked as an electrical engineer with the FBI and as a computer Systems Engineer within the private sector. She is a barred attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University, earned a Masters of Law degree in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the North Carolina A&T State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from New York Stern School of Business. Ms. Presley is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Kiana Y. Williams is the Intellectual Property Portfolio Manager for the National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications. In her current position, she focuses on intellectual property (IP) valuation and technology management through problem analyzing, strategic planning for desired outcomes, and effective solution implementation. Her experience includes working as an attorney at several firms in Texas, a licensing contractor for the Department of Defense, a technical analyst for a consulting company, and a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is a barred attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University, earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from George Washington University, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University. Ms. Williams is also a registered patent practitioner with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Williams is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).


August 24, 2021

John Bennewitz
Principal Investigator, Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine Program
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Tim Miedzinski
Engineering Team Lead, Mechanical Instrumentation Branch
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)

July 20, 2021

Gregory Anderson
Mechanical Engineer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)
Benjamin Gould
Alternative Energy Section Research Scientist/Engineer
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Kyle Verrinder
Mechanical Engineer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)
Adam Wechsler
Data Scientist
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)

June 22, 2021

Sarah Buttrick
U.S. Navy, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Strategic Planning and Technology Transfer (T2)

May 18, 2021

Jonathan Vernon
Lead, Structured Optical Materials and Processing Research Team
Photonic Materials Branch, Functional Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command

May 4, 2021

Abigail Juhl
Materials Research Engineer
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Oscar A. Perez
Computer Engineer
U.S Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Data & Analysis Center

April 20, 2021

Annie Bullock-Yoder
Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Specialist
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane)
Steven Corbin
Chief Engineer for the Maneuver, Surveillance and Engagement Division
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane)
Jenna Dix
Technology Transfer Director
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) Technology Transfer (T2)

March 23, 2021

Edward Diehl
Commercialization Officer in the Office of Research and Technical Applications (ORTA)/Medical Technology Transfer
United States Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)
Tiffany Owens
Lead System Safety Engineer for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)

February 23, 2021

Igor Linkov
Senior Science and Technology Manager
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Khanh D. Pham
Senior Aerospace Engineer
Air Force Research Laboratory-Space Vehicles Directorate