November Tech Talk Thursday

Tech Talk Thursday, formally known as First Friday, 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
1505-1520 Scott Van Broekhoven, MITLL
1520-1530 Q&A/Setup
1530-1545 Jonathan Slocum, MITLL
1545-1555 Q&A/Setup
1555-1615 Eric Gustafson, SPAWAR
1615-1625 Q&A/Setup
1625-1645 Trevor Bushell, Zephyr Photonics
1645-1655 Q&A/Setup
1655-1730 Networking Social

*schedule is subject to change*


MITLL– Jonathan Slocum is a doctoral student in Prof. Douglas Hart’s laboratory at MIT and is currently researching an activated aluminum fuel capable of reacting with water with nearly forty time the energy density of lithium ion batteries.

MITLL– Mr. Scott Van Broekhoven is the Group Leader of the Energy Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In this role he oversees staff developing solutions that enhance the efficiency and resiliency of tactical and domestic power grids, and advanced energy technologies to extend the endurance of unmanned vehicles and soldiers.


SPAWAR– Mr. Gustafon is SPAWARS Atlantic’s Spec Ops ISR Solutions IPT Leader supporting PEO-SRSE. PEO-Maritime and PEO-C4. Prior he served as Acting Director of Resources and Analysis, USSOCOM-SOF AT&L, responsible for the daily operations of the Acquisition center. Prior to civilian life, he served and retired from the USCG.

SPAWAR Presentation: SPAWAR System Center Atlantic (SSC-A) is a Navy Working Capital Command with 4400 GS civilians/ $6 Billion in C4ISR Support for Navy, USMC, DoD and Government Customers. SSC-A providers SOF AT&L $140 million of C4ISR support to PEO-C4, PEO-SRSE and PEO-Maritime. Presentation covers SSC-A’s capabilities and support to SOF AT&L.


Zephyr Photonics– Trevor L. Bushell is currently the Sr. Vice president of Business Development for Zephyr Photonics. Prior to his present position he led International Business within the US Department of Defense (DoD), UK MOD, NATO, and Other Government Agencies (OGA’s), with 42+ years of progressive ever-increasing responsibility and experience in Flight Test Engineering, international & domestic capture management, business development, client relations. Educated in England with an Industrial Engineering degree from Preston University.

Zephyr Photonics Presentation: Active Optical Connection (AOC) solutions. AOC’s provide highly-rugged electrically-connectorized high-speed transceivers and media converters that take advantage of the benefits of fiber optics for military and harsh environment applications, without the issue of Fiber connectivity/contamination. They can supporting legacy and future systems, offering significate weight reductions, increased distance & excellent EMI immunity over Copper Harnesses.