December Tech Talk Thursday

December 1 from 1500-1730

Tech Talk Thursday is an event to expose participants to University/FFRDC, Lab and Industry Partner Technologies, Capabilities or Research Areas of interest. It is followed by a social meet and greet with all participants.

1500-1505 Welcome announcements
1505-1525 Oklahoma State University, Dr. R. J. Gaeta, Dr. Jamey Jacob and Mr. Gary Ambrose
1525-1535 Q&A/Setup
1535-1555 Fatigue Science, Mr. Jeff Zeilstra and Mr. Doug Coleman
1555-1605 Q&A/Setup
1605-1625 D-Wave, Dr. Edward (Denny) Dahl (Presenting via webinar)
1625-1635 Q&A
1635-1730 Networking social

*schedule is subject to change


Oklahoma State University

Dr. R. J. Gaeta, Director – Unmanned Systems Development Center
Dr. Jamey Jacob, Director – Unmanned Systems Research Institute
Mr. Gary Ambrose CDR USN (ret), Director – Strategy and Applied Research


Presentation: Oklahoma State University (OSU) has a proven track record of innovative and rapid response R&D in the unmanned aerial systems area. OSU’s rapid composite prototyping capabilities is rooted in a very successful design, build, and fly program developed in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. OSU has the ability to engage in specialized UAS platform development as well as performing modifications to existing platforms to suit customer needs. These can range from red/blue-team Counter UAS (C-UAS) to platforms that have unique low signature characteristics. Specifically, OSU has led in the development of two very quiet UAS platforms for USSOCOM. One of these is a Group II platform that is point launched and recovered and one is a Group 4 platform. The former has over 100 flight test hours and latter has over 200 flight test hours. This significant capability is an enabling technology that allows for increased mission success. Furthermore, OSU has participated in C-UAS activities demonstrating our ability to quickly modify COTS platforms to perform specified missions in a rapid, professional manner. Finally, OSU capabilities allow for R&D in a wide range in the TRL space, helping to shrink the time for innovative ideas to go from the laboratory to the field.



Fatigue Science 

Mr. Jeff Zeilstra has spent the past 11 years immersed in both the technology sector and high performance environments with athletes, medical staffs, and coaches. Jeff worked at the National Institute of Sport in Paris, France, with the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and in the area of medical software and diagnostic equipment. Currently Jeff’s role has him spending time with high performance teams in the area of sleep and performance with Fatigue Science.

Mr. Doug Coleman possesses over 20 years of expertise in corporate finance, information systems, logistics, supply chain management, and competitive strategies. Doug has served in executive management roles for a worldwide management consulting firm, nationwide transportation and logistics provider, and global reseller of technology solutions. Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Florida as well as a Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law.


Presentation: Quantifying and predicting individual and organizational fatigue has been a major challenge in high performance and critical operation settings. However, through the advancement of cloud connected wearable technology and a bio-mathematical fatigue model developed by the US Military, organizations can now pinpoint the greatest fatigue risks hours before that fatigue creates danger. Mr. Zeilstra and Mr. Coleman will co-present an overview of the application of Fatigue Science technology in a high performance setting.




Dr. Edward (Denny) Dahl is a Senior Research Scientist at D-Wave, working on algorithms research, training, and technical sales support and communication. His career has spanned many years in high technology, after earning a PhD in physics from Stanford University and doing post-doctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Labs.


Presentation: Despite the incredible power of today’s supercomputers, there are many computationally-intensive applications that can’t be addressed by conventional systems. Quantum computers have left the laboratory and offer the potential to help solve some of the most complex technical, commercial, scientific, and national defense problems that organizations face. Dr. Dahl will present an introduction to quantum computing and explain how D-Wave quantum technology works and the application areas it addresses.



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