Enhancing DoD’s Mission Effectiveness

Annual Symposium Unites Scientific, Academic, Technical, and End-User Communities to Accelerate Technology Transfer 

No matter the domain or topical area, networking and communication is essential to the technology transfer process. If new technologies are ever going to have mission impact, they must be coordinated appropriately with the end-user throughout the development process. That’s why uniting scientists, academics, and technologists with their end-user communities is a necessary best practice piece of the technology transfer puzzle, and a key part of transitioning new concepts into service.

The success of a recent multi-day Symposium, held by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) with the support of Noblis, is an example of putting that best practice into action. The SERDP and ESTCP Symposium is an annual, nationally recognized conference that brings together researchers and technology developers with the defense user and regulatory communities to showcase cutting edge environmental and energy technologies and ideas.

This year’s Symposium assembled over 950 attendees from the federal government, industry, and academia in Washington, D.C. to focus on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) priority environmental and installation energy issues. The Symposium featured technical sessions, short courses, and more than 470 technical poster presentations that highlighted SERDP and ESTCP’s recent efforts to enhance DoD mission capabilities, reduce total cost of ownership, and improve environmental and energy performance.

“Networking is extremely important in the technology transfer process, and we’re pleased that throughout the entire Symposium, there was direct interaction between the end users, research community, and senior leadership” said Bob Wassmann Director of Energy and Environment portfolio at Noblis.

The Symposium included plenary session remarks from the Honorable Lucian Niemeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment; Vice Admiral Philip Cullom (Ret); and Dr. Paul Johnson, President and Professor of the Colorado School of Mines, who collectively discussed DoD’s environmental and installation energy needs and how critical research programs like SERDP and ESTCP are to sustaining the preeminence of our fighting forces. In his remarks, Niemeyer stressed the importance of SERDP and ESTCP’s work in ensuring that warfighters have access to training ranges to maintain their readiness status.

Noblis’ technical experts also played an important role in the overall success of the event. Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee, a leading energy security expert, chaired the session, “Microgrids – Building a Flexible, Secure, and Resilient Base for Today and Tomorrow.” Dr. Marqusee’s recent microgrid research, commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trust, explores the impact microgrids could have on base resiliency and military readiness. His research can be found here. In addition, Mr. Scot Bryant delivered the keynote address in the session “Hexavalent Chromium and Cadmium – Alternatives for Plating Processes” on “Replacing Cadmium and Hexavalent Chromium in the Depots”

Stay tuned for future updates on next year’s Symposium, which will be held from November 27-29, 2018 in Washington, D.C.