OPEN INNOVATION: How Government Innovates with Makers

Maker Ecosystem

Thursday, September 24, 11:45 am to 12:30 pm in Viscusi Gallery

Intersections. Where the public and private sectors meet on behalf of the civic good. During this session, panelists from NASA, the Department of Energy, the Army Cyber Institute, and others discuss how their agencies interact with the private and civic sectors to advance public/private technological innovations.


Ben Salatin

Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer, Department of Veterans Affairs
Ben Salatin is a clinical rehabilitation engineer at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, VA where he specializes in working with therapists to find the right combination of assistive technology to empower Veterans to live independently.  Shortly after joining the VA, he pioneered the use of 3DP in a rehab clinic to collaboratively design custom assistive technology with Veterans and their therapists.  Ben has become the leading advocate for 3DP within the VA, seeking to incorporate it across the healthcare spectrum and is building a national network of 3DP users across the agency.  This year, he teamed up with Presidential Innovation Fellow Andrea Ippolito to host the 1st ever VA make-a-thon with a focus on assistive technology and prosthetics.  He and Andrea are busy working to transform the VA into a more Maker friendly agency, creating an environment which actively encourages innovation.


Brent Chapman

Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute
CPT Brent Chapman is a Research Scientist at the Army Cyber Institute and Instructor in the Dept of EE&CS at West Point. Brent was recently selected as one of the Army’s first Cyber officers. He holds a BS from West Point and an MS from Carnegie Mellon. He's an avid maker who has participated in several Maker Faire events and publishes his projects on his blog:


Dr. Ellen Williams

Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Energy
Currently the director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), Dr. Williams previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy. Currently on a leave of absence from the University of Maryland, where she has served as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology since 2000, Dr. Williams founded the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its Director from 1996 through 2009.


Dr. Mark Micire

Program Manager, DARPA
Dr. Mark Micire joined DARPA as a Program Manager in 2013. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Micire worked for NASA Ames Research Center. Through an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University, he served as the Engineering Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) SPHERES National Laboratory and Project Lead for the Intelligent Robotics Group Human Exploration and Telerobotics SmartSPHERES program. Dr. Micire also served as a Technical Search Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he collaborated with a number of urban search and rescue task forces and missions. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from the University of South Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His interests include mobile and space robotics, multi-touch interfaces, search and rescue, human-robot interaction, and autonomy.


Monsi Roman

Centennial Challenges Program Manager, NASA
Monsi Roman joined NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in 1989, where she worked for 16 years in the group that designed the water and air systems keeping the crew alive in the International Space Station and later managed the NASA team designing air systems needed to take the crew to Mars and beyond.   Currently Ms. Roman is the Project Manager for NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program.  She also leads the development of an in-flight microbial monitor that will be tested in the ISS early in 2016.


Stephanie Santoso (moderator)

Senior Policy Advisor for Making, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
In her role at the White House, Stephanie has been leading efforts to develop initiatives, activities and programs to support the Maker Movement. This included helping to plan the first-ever White House Maker Faire and the National Day of Making to encourage communities across the U.S. to create more opportunities for individuals to make, build, tinker, fix, invent and come up with new ways to make the world a better place. She is working with a variety of stakeholders, including schools, universities, makerspaces, federal agencies, cities, libraries, museums, companies and non-profit organizations to think about how making can expand hands-on, informal STEM learning, facilitate entrepreneurship, foster a culture of domestic manufacturing and help encourage solving global challenges locally. Stephanie is also pursuing a PhD in Information Science at Cornell University, where her research focuses on the development of emerging technologies, including the relationship between open sourcing and intellectual property. She is also interested in the processes involved in governing these technologies and the role that users play in determining how a technology evolves in these contexts. Stephanie believes that students who engage in making experience first hand how design, art, science, technology, engineering and math are intertwined when it comes to developing new ideas and how powerful combining the knowledge from these different fields can be when it comes to solving problems.