Army Science Technology Symposium and Showcase

Army Science & Technology – Empowering A Soldier’s Success

Be the difference in a soldier’s success.

What does the future hold for soldiers? Explore it with us August 21-23, 2018, at the Army Science & Technology Symposium and Showcase at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Thought leaders, researchers, and developers alike will meet here to discuss the latest emerging technologies for the Army, options that enable effective, affordable capabilities to ensure success on the battlefield and beyond.

The symposium will focus on the Army modernization priorities as listed below.

  1. Long-Range Precision Fires capability that restores U.S. Army dominance in range, munitions, and target acquisition.
  2. Next Generation Combat Vehicles – along with other close combat capabilities in manned, unmanned, and optionally-manned variants-with the most modem firepower, protection, mobility, and power generation capabilities, to ensure our combat formations can fight and win against any foe.
  3. Future of Vertical Lift platforms – attack, lift, recon – in manned, unmanned, and optionally-manned variants that are survivable on the modem and future battlefield.
  4. An Army Network with hardware, software, and infrastructure – sufficiently mobile and expeditionary – that can be used to fight cohesively in any environment where the electromagnetic spectrum is denied or degraded.
  5. Air and Missile Defense capabilities that ensure our future combat formations are protected from modern and advanced air and missile delivered fires, including drones.
  6. Finally, Soldier lethality that spans air fundamentals – shooting, moving, communicating, protecting and sustaining. We will field not only next-generation individual and squad weapons, but also improved body armor, sensors, radios, load-bearing exoskeletons. Putting this all together, we must improve human performance and decision making by increasing training and assessment; starting at the Soldier level. This will require a rapid expansion of our synthetic training environment and deeper distribution of simulations capabilities down to battalion and companies, with simulation capability to model combat in megacities; a likely battlefield of the future.

Plan today to be at this important symposium with the Army’s science and technology enterprise, research, development, and engineering labs, as well as industry as they look to give soldiers technology-enabled capabilities.

Dates: August 21 – 23, 2018

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center | 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW | Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 249-3000



Secretary Perry Announces Up to $78 Million for Bioenergy Research Funding Opportunities

US Department of Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office

“The Department of Energy is focused on some of the most exciting research opportunities as well as the biggest technological challenges facing our diverse and abundant domestic bioenergy resources,” said Secretary Perry. “Through the funding opportunities announced today, U.S. bioenergy resources, including algae, energy crops, and various waste streams, will be more efficiently and effectively converted into affordable biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.”

These Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) include:

BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (up to $28 million): This multi-topic FOA seeks to develop highly efficient conversion processes for improving the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste streams.  The FOA seeks early-stage research proposals that cover several topics pertaining to conversion processes:

  • Innovative catalysts for thermochemical processing
  • New biological approaches for higher conversion efficiency
  • Novel bio-based products that outperform conventional materials (e.g., plastics, polymers, etc.)
  • Conversion of wet organic wastes to biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower
  • Conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to make fuels and products
  • New processes to break down lignin and synthesize higher value biofuels and bioproducts

Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems (up to $15 million): This research funding opportunity seeks proposals in two areas to improve the cost-competitiveness of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts:

  • Increase the productivity of algae by improving uptake and conversion of waste CO2emissions, such as from a power plant or industrial facility
  • Develop new, affordable technologies to capture CO2 directly from ambient air to enhance algal growth

Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower (up to $20 million): This funding opportunity supports early-stage research to develop integrated processes for:

  • Production of cost-competitive drop-in biofuels, including renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel fuel
  • Processes to convert municipal solid waste and biosolids into biopower

Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (up to $15 million): This funding opportunity supports early-stage research and development related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops that can be used as feedstocks for the production of biofuels and bioproducts. Projects selected under this FOA will seek to:

  • Conduct small-scale field testing of new varieties of energy crops
  • Measure crop performance and environmental effects relative to traditional cropping and pasture systems
  • Define cost-effective methods for planting, harvesting, collecting, and storing biomass

Letters of Intent for these FOAs are due May 30, 2018, and full applications are due June 27, 2018.

Learn more about these Bioenergy funding opportunities, including a schedule of upcoming webinars.
For more information and application requirements, please visit the EERE Exchange website. More information about DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office can be found HERE.

MSRDC Contact: Jerry Haley, Program Administrator,, (443) 889-6950


Prairie View A&M University Team Grand Winner at
Race to Zero Student Design Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced winners of its fifth annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a competition that challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective, market-ready designs for zero energy ready homes and schools. A zero energy ready building is a high-performance building that can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption with on-site renewable energy. This significantly reduces annual energy costs while improving comfort, health, safety, and durability. Student designs in the Race to Zero competition must meet either DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements or the Advanced Energy Design Guide For K–12 School Buildings–Achieving a Zero Energy Building.

“The students participating represent the next generation of architects, engineers, and construction managers that can fully integrate building science with design,” said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). “Greater building energy efficiency offers billions of dollars in potential energy cost savings in our homes and schools—and the experience at Race to Zero helps students and industry come together to apply technical resources from the DOE to real-world solutions for critical building industry challenges.”

The competition was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, April 20–22, 2018, with the intent to inspire next-generation building professionals to apply the latest building science innovations in new and existing homes and commercial buildings. The awards recognize students who excel at creative solutions to real-world problems.

This year’s competition featured a new commercial building design contest on elementary schools, in addition to the four residential building contests. Teams had many building type options to focus on, including new construction or retrofitting an existing building. Students from 84 teams, representing 68 collegiate institutions across nine countries, competed for finalist spots. Ultimately, 40 teams, representing 34 institutions and five countries, qualified as finalists at NREL. Team submissions had to meet the competition’s cost-effective, high-performance building energy requirements, as well as demonstrate strong design concepts. The juror panels included leading high-performance home builders, architects, building science professionals, building product manufacturer experts, and national laboratory research scientists.

Below are the top winners in each contest:

Grand Winner

  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas

Suburban Single-Family Housing Contest

  • First place: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Second place: Second place: University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

Urban Single-Family Housing Contest

  • First place: Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas
  • Second place: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Attached Housing Contest

  • First Place: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • Second place: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

Elementary Schools Contest

  • First place: Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
  • Second place: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

The primary goals of the competition are to advance building science curricula in university programs across the country and inspire students to continue careers promoting high-performance buildings. Competing undergraduate students, graduate students, and university faculty are at the forefront of a leadership movement to design very sustainable homes and schools.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates the research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and validates their performance in the field. Visit the Building Technologies Office website to learn more about broader efforts to help new and existing homes and schools across the United States find cost-effective, energy-saving solutions.



MSRDC Board Member, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Receives Bounce Trumpet Award

Lonnie JohnsonDr. Johnson Receives Innovator Award to Herald His Accomplishments as a Black Humanitarian

The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards on Sunday, February 11, 2018, will honor MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium Board Member, Dr. Lonnie Johnson with the Innovator Award. The Innovator Award honors a person who has introduced or created a new idea, method or product that influences the productivity or advancement of a group. For 26 years The Trumpet Award has recognized individuals and/or groups who augment the richness of this great global society by partnering with the cause of justice and equality of all. The awards were created to herald the accomplishments of black humanitarians who have succeeded against immense odds. The Trumpet Awards will air on Bounce TV at 9 PM EST/8 CST.

Special recognition is given to the few, symbolic of the many, who have overcome the ills of racism and poverty and achieved greatness. Past honorees include such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Ray Charles, President Nelson Mandela, Beyoncé, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many more.

Lonnie Johnson is President and Founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc., a technology development company, and its spin-off companies, Excellatron Solid State, LLC; Johnson Electro-Mechanical Systems, LLC; and Johnson Real Estate Investments, LLC. He worked as a research engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and then joined the U. S. Air Force, serving as Acting Chief of the Space Nuclear Power Safety Section at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory. He later became a Senior Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he worked on the Galileo mission to Jupiter. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering and an honorary Ph.D. in Science from Tuskegee University.

After returning to the Air Force he served as an Advanced Space Systems Requirements Officer at Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquarters and as Chief of the Data Management Branch, SAC Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base. He was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal on two occasions. He returned to the JPL and worked on the Mars Observer project during the Cassini (Saturn) project.

Dr. Johnson formed his own engineering firm and licensed his most famous invention, the Super Soaker® water gun, to Larami Corporation. The Super Soaker® generated over $200 million in retail sales and became the number one selling toy in America. Larami Corporation was purchased by Hasbro Corporation and Super Soaker® sales have totaled close to one billion dollars. Johnson holds over 80 patents, with over 20 more pending, and is the author of several publications on spacecraft power systems. His current focus, the Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Converter (JTEC), has the potential to achieve efficient, renewable solar energy.

Dr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of MSI STEM Research and Development Consortium (MSRDC) in Washington, DC. MSRDC, in partnership with the Department of Defense, supports and stimulates Science and Technology (S&T) related research at Minority Serving Institutions for real-world applications to real-world problems to maintain and enhance the technological dominance of the United States in a competitive world. He also serves on several other prestigious Board of Directors in Atlanta and is a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.

The 26th annual awards will be hosted by film and television stars, Larenz Tate and Erica Ash. Featuring stellar performances, stirring tributes and unforgettable moments, the awards enlighten human minds to the reality that true success is void of color and gender.