February 16, 2010 by Justin Bannister NMSU NewsCenter
Registration is now open for New Mexico State University’s 2nd Annual National Security Technology Conference, hosted by NMSU’s Arrowhead Center National Security Technology Incubator. The conference will take place March 2-4 at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces and will feature a special opening address from former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici.
The yearly conference promotes high-tech jobs and economic development in New Mexico. This year’s focus is on the business of national security technologies and will cover topics for technology companies intending to do business with major national security contractors.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the region’s billion-dollar national security sector,” said Dawn Hommer, incubation specialist for Arrowhead Center. “Getting started in this field can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re bringing in large and midsized companies, to show people that it is attainable.”
“Businesses in the national security sector are vital in promoting high-tech jobs and economic development in New Mexico,” said Chris Kientz, Arrowhead Center’s director of technology innovation. “This conference will help technology companies understand the overarching business relationships between government and industry. It will also give them the opportunity to network with governmental agencies and well-established private businesses in national security.”
Various sessions are scheduled during the two-day conference, including a keynote address from David Crandall, the chief scientist for the National Nuclear Security Administration, and Thomas A. Cellucci, science and technology director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Additional companies and agencies represented at the conference include the FBI, Sandia National Laboratories, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Harris IT Services, Boeing and others.
A special classified section on computer forensics and infrastructure protection will be available for attendees with a secret level security clearance. Other sessions will address teaming arrangements and potential funding opportunities. Exhibitor forums and networking opportunities will also be available.
Conference registration is $25 on or before Feb. 19. Contact Chris Kientz at (575) 646-2596 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration and additional conference information is available at http://aces.nmsu.edu/registration/nsti/register.php.
Arrowhead Center promotes economic and business development in New Mexico through a wide range of services, including entrepreneurship development, technology-based business incubation, workforce innovation, policy analysis, assistance with intellectual property, and by managing NMSU’s business and research park. NSTI is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration division.