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
3:05 PM - 4:05 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

Dr. Joseph Kunze is Founder, President and CEO of SI2 Technologies, Inc., a privately held small business located in Billerica, MA.  Founded in 2003, SI2 develops, manufactures and supports RF and sensor systems for space and weight constrained applications in the defense and aerospace markets.  In addition to conventional manufacturing approaches, SI2’s products utilize proprietary and patented Direct Write (aka digital printing) manufacturing technologies to produce multifunctional electronic structures… basically how to take a “dumb” structure and make it “smart” by integrating an electronic capability such as a sensor or antenna.  Throughout his career, Dr. Kunze has worked with a number of government organizations and agencies, universities, and as well as other defense and aerospace businesses, both large and small.   He is very familiar with the issues associated with a small company successfully doing business in the defense and aerospace markets. 

Dr. Kunze received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He obtained his M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia.


Jason Jouet
Office of Secretary of Defense Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy

Dr. Jason Jouet is the Deputy Director, Manufacturing Technology in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy, ODASD(MIBP).  He directs the technology investment portfolio of the Defense-wide Manufacturing Science & Technology Program, DMS&T.  This program is focused on transitioning technologies from laboratories and small businesses into capabilities that enable our warfighters by advancing the state of the art for defense-essential manufacturing for the production of defense systems.  Dr. Jouet received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas in 1995 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Duke University in 2000.  He has worked for the US Navy for seventeen years as a scientist, program manager, and branch supervisor with expertise in energetic materials and materials science.

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

Christian has spent the last 12 years working for the DoD's Chemical and Biological Defense Program. Trained as an analytical chemist, Christian currently serves as the Chief Scientist for CB Detection and Diagnostics where he focuses on developing new concepts into fieldable capabilities for the warfighter.



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

Kevin Kluska is a technical program manager within the Capabilities Directorate within the Department of Defense.  Mr. Kluska received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.  He has 31 years of experience within the Department of Defense, and has designed a variety of unique software and hardware systems.  His current work is focused on standing up a Printed Hybrid Electronics capability within his agency to supplement current manufacturing techniques.