NASA Prizes: Dream it, Make it, Win it
Sunday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM
110 E 2nd St
Giant. Novelty. Check. Need we go on?
NASA is home to some pretty intelligent science and engineering experts, but some of our best ideas come from you, the citizen inventor. And great ideas can lead to big wins in one of our many prize competition programs, where we crowd-source fresh, innovative solutions from the garage tinkerer, the university student or the weekend maker. Helping NASA accelerate technology can put millions in your pocket - and you can take that giant cardboard check to the bank. Well, actually, you can’t. They won’t cash it. But we will definitely also give you a proper-sized check.
In this panel, representatives from NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Programs share how anyone from the public who wants to get involved in helping develop meaningful solutions can participate and hunt for ideas, and win prize money in the process. Dream it. Make it. Win it.
Dir Advanced Exploration Systems Division
Jason Crusan is a Program Manager with a passion for a entrepreneurial approach to managing projects through leveraging investments and technology partnerships with industry, academia, government agencies and national laboratories.
Asst Dir for Open Innovation
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Centennial Challenges Program Mgr
Sam Ortega is the program manager of NASA's Centennial Challenges Program at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Ortega leads day-to-day oversight and management of the Centennial Chal...Show the rest
Sam Ortega is the program manager of NASA's Centennial Challenges Program at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Ortega leads day-to-day oversight and management of the Centennial Challenges, NASA's series of technology prize competitions founded in 2005 to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest to NASA and the nation. Centennial Challenges engage independent inventors -- small businesses, student groups and individuals -- to develop and demonstrate prize-winning solutions that may have a dramatic impact on industry, exploration and everyday life.Hide the rest
Asst Professor of Engineering Mgmt & Systems Engineering & Intll Affairs
The George Washington University
Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at the George Washington University. Her research seeks to understand the fundamental dynamics of inn...Show the rest
Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at the George Washington University. Her research seeks to understand the fundamental dynamics of innovation in technology-intensive governmental organization, as a basis for decision-making. She received her bachelor's degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto (B.A.Sc. 2005+PEY). Szajnfarber conducted her graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning dual masters' degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics (S.M. 2009) and Technology Policy (S.M. 2009: [Thesis]) and a doctorate in Engineering Systems (Ph.D. 2011: [Dissertation]). Her dissertation focused on technology infusion at NASA and involved substantial field work at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Outside of academia, Dr. Szajnfarber has worked as a systems engineer at MDA Space Missions (Canadarm Program) and Dynacon Inc. (Microsatellites); and as a researcher at the European Space Agency.Hide the rest