NMSU to host national security technology conference

March 16, 2009 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University’s National Security Technology Conference 2009 will take place March 31 – April 2 at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. The event is sponsored by NMSU’s Arrowhead Center National Security Technology Incubator to promote high-tech jobs and economic development in the state. Registration and additional conference information is available at www.nsti-nm.org.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to meet and speak with the entities that make funding available for these kinds of projects,” said Dawn Hommer, incubation specialist for Arrowhead Center. “We’re bringing together key players in national security and nonproliferation technologies to promote networking and discussion of critical issues.”

The conference is designed to help any sized business with a national security focus looking to locate or expand in New Mexico as well as researchers interested in national security technologies. Businesses, research institutions and anyone interested in national security technology requirements, gaps, and business solutions to meet those requirements are encouraged to attend.

“National security should be important to everyone in every state,” said Chris Kientz, Arrowhead Center’s director of technology innovation. “The national security area creates high-tech jobs. What makes this conference unique is that you will have key people telling you how to do business with a number of government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

NSTI provides small businesses with a national security technology focus with resources and services to help them make it through the initial start-up phase when they are most vulnerable.

Featured conference speakers include Robert Kelley, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Department of Safeguards; Rhys Williams, Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy; Michael C. Kostelnik, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Thomas A. Cellucci, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Len Malry, N.M. Higher Education Department.

Session topics will include “Remote Detection: Technology Requirements & Gaps for Detection of Weapons of Mass Destruction,” “Homeland Protection: Technology Implementation and Future Technological Requirements,” “Transport, Handling and Disposal of Nuclear Materials: Regulatory Environment and Technical Requirements” and “Business and Workforce Solutions: Training and Incentives for Doing Business in New Mexico.”

NMSU faculty and staff will receive a discounted conference registration rate of $100 when they use the code “NMSU” on the payment screen. Contact Barbara Nelson at (575) 646-7833 or nsti-reg@nmsu.edu for more information.

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