1st Annual Montana Aerospace Technology Conference- Fairmont Hot Springs- 2/25-26/04

2004-02-25 17:30:00
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Opportunity, Montana

Montana Aerospace Development Association

… to encourage and promote
aerospace related economic development
activities in Montana

Register Now for the 1st Annual Montana Aerospace Technology Conference

February 25-26, 2004

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Opportunity, Montana

Sponsored By:

Bigelow Aerospace, Inc., Inland Northwest Space Alliance, Montana Aerospace Development Authority, Montana Department of Commerce, MSE Technologies, Inc., MSU TechLink, Office of Space Commercialization, University of Montana

Tentative Agenda
February 25 and 26, 2004
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Opportunity, Montana

Date and Time



Wednesday, February 25, 2004

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Registration, trade show, and social hour

Gregson/Pintlar Room

Thursday, February 26, 2004

7:30 to 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Gregson/Pintlar Room

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Sponsor’s Welcome

Mt. Hagan Room

8:30 to 9:15 a.m.

Bonnie Dalton, Deputy Director, NASA, Astrobiology and Space Research Division

Question and Answers

Mt. Hagan Room

9:25 to 11:25 a.m.

Breakout Session I:

1. Aerospace Research & Development
2. Education & Work Force Development Needs

A. – Room 108
B. – Room 103

11:40 a.m.

Lunch Served

12:00 to 12:40 p.m.

Luncheon Speaker: Ron Greenwood, National Space Science and Technology Center

Question and Answer Session

Gregson/Pintlar Room

12:50 to 2:50 p.m.

Breakout Session II:

1. Remote Sensing
2. Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry

A. – Room 108
B. – Room 103

2:50 to 3:15 p.m.


Gregson/Pintlar Room

3:15 to 4:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Loren House,
Boeing Company

Mt. Hagan Room

4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Ron Mires, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Mt. Hagan Room

4:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Erik Iverson, Chief of Staff, Congressman Rehberg

Mt. Hagan Room

5:15 to 5:30 p.m.


Mt. Hagan Room

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Breakout Session I

A. Aerospace Research & Development

The Aerospace Research and Development (R&D) Panel Discussion

The dependence of the U.S. aerospace and other industries on a robust national and state research and development program has always been very obvious. Ideas lead to concepts, to products, then to business creations. R&D investment has generated numerous innovation and new businesses in the past.

Government R&D investment has traditionally stimulated the major product advances and spin-offs to non-aerospace areas. The U.S. government is the primary customer for defense and military aerospace products and has spent heavily in these areas of R&D.

Panelists from private, public, and government sectors will discuss how, who, what, where, and when to be involved in the R&D area. We will also be discussing the following areas:

* Funding sources

* Processes to turn ideas into products.

* How and where to get help?

Anyone who is interested in the R&D area is welcome to attend.

Moderator: Ying Ming Lee, Staff Engineer and NASA Program Manager, MSE Technologies, Inc.

Panelists: David Opitz, Visual Learning Systems; Larry Farrar, Resodyn; Ralph Hutcheson, Scientific Materials; Ray Friesenhahn, MSU TechLink; Marti Elder, Department of Commerce, SBIR Program

B. Education & Work Force Development Needs

Montana’s Aerospace Employment Pipeline: Education Preparation and Retention of Montana’s Most Precious Resources

Montana’s developing aerospace industry is dependent on the establishment of a pipeline that attracts, motivates and educates students for careers in this exciting field. During this decade, the aerospace industry expects to lose over 40% of its current workforce to retirement. This breakout session will address the strategy that NASA and Montana’s educational community is deploying to address this national problem and to ensure that some of these aerospace jobs are located in Montana. The panel will discuss how small businesses can benefit from sponsored internships and how these partnerships between education and industry will lead to permanent employment for Montanans.

Moderator: George Bailey, Executive Director, Inland Northwest Space Alliance

Panelists: Wes Snyder, Director, Northern Rockies Consortium for Space Privatization, University of Montana; Diane Fladmo, Vice-Chair of the Board of Public Education; Julie Foster, Come Home Montana and the Montana Jobs Network.

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Breakout Session II

A. Remote Sensing

Remote sensing is a growing sector of the aerospace industry. By applying the advances in faster computer hardware and more robust software, the remote sensing community is providing a greater array of value-added products and services to researchers, planners, and decision makers. The remote sensing breakout session will explore this growing industry sector and where it is headed in our region.

The remote sensing breakout session panelists will represent researchers, service providers, hardware and software developers, and the GIS community. They have experience with various imagery data sources including multispectral, hyperspectral, visible, infrared, thermal, laser and radar, from both aircraft and satellite platforms collected over the Treasure State. Remote sensing users, educators, students, aerospace enthusiasts, and the general public are welcome to attend.

Moderator: David Weston, Technology and NASA Team Leader, MSU TechLink

Panelists: Dr. Bob Crabtree, Chief Scientist and Founder, Yellowstone Ecological Research Center; Alex Philip, President, and GSC-Research

B. Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry

The manufacturing breakout session will feature Montana companies manufacturing products for the aerospace industry. They will talk about their role as sub-contractors to primes, views on current opportunities, and what they see for the future. A Montana Manufacturing Extension Center Representative will discuss ISO 9000 Quality Management Specifications that are the international framework for quality standards.

Moderator: Ken Johnson, CM Manufacturing, Leonard Smith, A & S Industries, and Mark Shyne, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center


Bonnie Dalton
Deputy Director
NASA Astrobiology and Space Research

Bonnie Dalton is the deputy director for the Astrobiology and Space Research Directorate, NASA Ames Research Center. Dalton started her career at NASA Ames in 1963 as a bacteriologist. She has made significant contributions to the life sciences program in several capacities, as payload manager for Spacelab missions, branch chief for Science Payload Operations, and deputy division chief and acting division chief for the Life Sciences Division. She has played a key role in the development of requirements and budgets for Ames’ participation in the International Space Station.

In addition, she has focused the division’s research on molecular biology and the use of both hypergravity and artificial microgravity to understand the elemental forces controlling the protein structures and subsequent biological systems, along with expanding the division’s biotechnology and nanotechnology capabilities and applications.

Dalton has a master’s degree in microbiology from Montana State University, and an MBA in management and finance from Golden Gate University.

Loren House
Supplier Diversity Specialist
Boeing Company

Loren House is the Supplier Diversity Specialist for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) – NASA Systems located in Huntington Beach, California. In this capacity, Loren is responsible for providing leadership regarding NASA Supplier Diversity issues. He assists with the design, development, and implementation of the NASA Systems Supplier Diversity Strategic Plan. He works to ensure the achievement of NASA Systems, Program and Comprehensive Subcontracting goals, and other Boeing goals. Mr. House has an MBA in Taxation with an extensive background in small business development and advocacy that includes:

* Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.

* Program Coordinator for the National Association of Black Manufacturers.

* Procurement specialist for California minority and women-owned businesses.

* Small Business Advocate for California State University, Office of the Chancellor.

* Board member for the Southern California African Growth and Opportunity Act.

Ron Mires
Deputy Small Business Liaison Officer
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Ron Mires is the Deputy Small Business Liaison Officer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. He has worked in the Supplier Diversity Programs area for the past five years. He leads the Mentor-Protégé and Small Business Innovative Research program activities for LMSSC. Mr. Mires’ extensive background in Subcontracts, Cost Analysis, Audit and Financial Analysis positively support LMSSC’s Supplier Diversity outreach and development efforts. He has worked for Lockheed Martin for the past 20 years.

Mr. Mires is a committee member of the Silicon Valley Industry Council for Small Business Development and a member of the Department of Defense’s Western Regional Council.

Mr. Mires was born in Michigan but has lived in California for the last 35 years. He is married and has four children. He supports his wife’s outreach as an Emergency Foster Care Family, which has helped more than 30 at-risk children in Santa Clara County over the past 10 years.

Mr. Mires holds a B.S. Degree in Finance and Economics from San Diego State University.

Lawrence R. Greenwood
Vice President for Research
National Space Science and Technology Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Lawrence R. Greenwood was named Vice President for Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1998. Dr. Greenwood provides executive leadership for the university’s research centers, institutes and consortiums as well as four major research initiatives. Altogether, the 24 research units account for approximately $45 million in sponsored research annually. He received his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed professional engineer as well as certified financial planner. He is Chairman of the Board for Teledyne Solutions, and member of the Board for Intergraph and the Alabama Aerospace Commission.

Dr. Greenwood is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi. He also serves on various boards and advisory committees. Prior to joining UAH, Dr. Greenwood was a driving force in the creation of the Global Hydrology Project Office, where he served as manager beginning in 1994. Prior to that, Dr. Greenwood served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Nichols Research Corporation of Huntsville. Before moving to Huntsville, Dr. Greenwood was Vice President and General Manager of the GE Astro Space, President of Ball Space Systems in Colorado, was employed by Fairchild Space Company, and was a Divisional Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Erik Iverson
Chief of Staff
Congressman Rehberg’s Offices

Erik Iverson is Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-MT). As Chief of Staff Erik manages Congressman Rehberg’s Washington, D.C. office as well as Rehberg’s four Montana offices.

A native Montanan, Erik grew up on the family farm and cattle ranch in the Sweet Grass Hills of north central Montana where they raised wheat, barley and cattle.

Erik’s family moved to Polson when he was in high school. After graduating from Polson High School, he earned a B.A. from Montana State University-Bozeman in political science in 1996. He then earned a law degree from the University of Oregon, graduating in 1999.

After graduation from law school, Erik and his wife Tosha moved to Washington, D.C. where Erik worked on agricultural issues for Congressman Rick Hill from Montana. After Congressman Hill announced his retirement, Iverson was hired to handle agriculture, resources and finance issues for South Dakota Congressman John Thune.

Congressman-elect Rehberg selected Erik to become his first Legislative Director in January 2001. Erik served in that capacity until his promotion to Chief of Staff in January 2002.

Erik can be reached in Rehberg’s Washington office at 202-225-3211.

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Bigelow Aerospace

Inland Northwest Space Alliance

Montana Aerospace Development Authority

Montana Department of Commerce

MSE Technologies, Inc.

Montana State University TechLink

The University of Montana, Offices of Space Commercialization and Research and Development

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Special Hotel Conference Discount is $80.00 + tax. Make sure you state that you are with the Aerospace Conference.

To register for a room, contact the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort at
1-800-332-3272 and mention the Aerospace Conference. For more information, visit

The Resort is located approximately 15 miles northwest of the Butte airport. Driving time is approximately 45 minutes.

Shuttle Option

You will be flying into the Butte, Montana airport. Fairmont Hot Springs has a shuttle service that will pick you up. To arrange for a shuttle, contact Fairmont Hot Springs Resort at 1-800-332-3272

Car Rental Options in Butte

Avis Rent-A-Car
(406) 494-3131

Budget Rent-A-Car
(406) 494-7573 or 1-800-527-0700

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
(406) 494-1900 or 1-800-RENTACAR

Hertz Rent-A-Car
(406) 782-1054

For additional information contact:

Linda Brander, Montana Department of Commerce

(406) 841-2749 [email protected]

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