2018FLEX - DoD Panel Discussion Speaker Profiles

Session 3: Start-Up Business Strategies

Identifying Opportunities for Small Businesses to Partner with DoD in FHE Innovations Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Panel members will discuss their agencies’ interests in flexible hybrid electronics, potential upcoming funding opportunities, and best practices for successful partnerships with small and medium sized companies.  Every agency and company is different.  The panelists represent a cross section of the different types of government agencies working in FHE.  Come join the panel for an engaging discussion with actionable information on how your organization can engage with funding agencies working in FHE. 



Joseph Kunze
SI2 Technologies



Tracy Frost
Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy

James Zunino

Mr. James Zunino is a Materials Engineer within the Armaments Engineering Analysis & Manufacturing Directorate, located at the U.S Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. He serves as the subject matter expert on additive manufacturing, smart coatings, flexible electronics, materials printing, and novel ink development at ARDEC. He helped established the Army Additive Manufacturing Community of Practice and coordinates AM efforts across the DOD and its strategic partners. Mr. Zunino provides technical support to ARDEC's broad mission and is responsible for designing, testing, and overseeing AM related technologies. Mr. Zunino works with customers and end users to develop systems and provide solutions to help meet their requirements and needs. He holds a Master's of Business Administration and a B.S in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has received numerous awards including: Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award, IDTechEx Academic R&D, as well as other DoD and Industry awards.
 Christian Whitchurch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency J9-CBA
James Christensen
Air Force Research Laboratory Airman Systems Directorate

Dr. James Christensen is the portfolio manager for Airman Sensing and Assessment within the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dr. Christensen received his B.S. in biopsychology from the University of Michigan in 2001, and his PhD in cognitive psychology from the Ohio State University in 2008. He has been employed by AFRL full time since then. His work for the Air Force has focused on the assessment of human performance and cognitive function. Dr. Christensen has led research teams focusing on real-time cognitive workload, interpersonal trust biomarkers, field assessment of workload, and wearable monitoring applications for human performance. Dr. Christensen holds an adjunct associate professorship at Wright State University, and is a command pilot for Angel Flight, a charitable patient transport organization.

 Kevin Kluska
U.S. Government