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Defense Innovation Unit Welcome Message and Overview


Andrea Castillon
DIU, Austin City Lead

LTC Andrea Castillon received her commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer in 2001 following graduation from the University of Wyoming. She served as a Lieutenant with the 1022nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance) and deployed with the 1022nd in support of Operation Nobel Eagle and to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, Andrea served in the Office of the Chief Surgeon, at National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia as Special Staff.

LTC Castillon continued her service at National Guard Bureau and then was selected as a Congressional Budget Liaison for the Office of Assistant Secretary of the Army Financial Management and Comptroller at Headquarters Department of the Army. After completing her assignment as a Legislative Liaison, LTC Castillon joined 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment as an Executive Officer while it was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return from deployment, Andrea attended Georgetown University where she received her master’s degree.

LTC Castillon served as a staff officer at United States Transportation Command, United States Army Forces Command, and United States Army Medical Command. LTC Castillon was selected to command the Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center. Following Command, Andrea attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI where she graduated with distinction.

LTC Castillon is currently assigned to the Defense Innovation Unit as the Austin City Lead and works within the Human Systems Portfolio for the Defense Engagement Team.

Awais Sheikh
Amazon Web Services, Strategic Planning Manager for DoD

Awais Sheikh is an expert in public sector strategic planning and innovation at Amazon Web Services. He was formerly the Business Innovation Capability Lead at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers for the federal government. He has expertise in design thinking and lean startup to help organizations explore complex problem areas and generate solution concepts to be tested. Awais’ research on innovation and design thinking has appeared in Journal for Public Performance Management Review and Defense Acquisition Research Journal. He earned a B.S. and MBA from Virginia Tech; he is pursuing a master’s degree in innovation management and entrepreneurship from Temple University.



The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is the only Department of Defense organization focused exclusively on fielding and scaling commercial technology across the U.S. military. We're a fast-moving team that contracts with commercial companies to help solve critical national security problems — together. 

Join us for an exciting and eye-opening day as we introduce you to DIU's mission and vision for pushing the edge of defense possibilities.


Attendees (135)

Alec Longarzo
Alec Longarzo
Dcode, Director
Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
Tuloy, Chief Executive Officer
Romeo Augustine
Romeo Augustine
Mobilize VISION, Account Manager
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David Edwin Karle
VIZulocity, CEO
Jade Baranski
Jade Baranski
Mobilize VISION, CEO
Jacob Fridakis
Jacob Fridakis
University of Texas at Austin, Student
Mike Grubbs
Mike Grubbs
BTRY, Co-Founder & CEO
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Microsoft, Sr Startup Lead: National Security Group
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Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jerry Ramey
Jerry Ramey
Mobilize VISION, CTO
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Ken Phillips
Ken Phillips
Ultra, Capture Manager
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Sophia Rodriguez
Sophia Rodriguez
Booz Allen Hamilton, Technology Infusion Leadership Team
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Kara Carlson
Austin American-Statesman, Reporter
John Chapman
John Chapman
Link to Learn, President
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Michael Ertmer
@AUSAPittsburgh & Army AI2C
Dave Lineman
Dave Lineman
Information Shield
Peter Neumann
Peter Neumann
Riverside Research, Mission Engineer
Esteban Castellanos
Esteban Castellanos
Mira, DoD Program Manager
Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith
L3Harris Technologies, Electrical Engineer
Tufin, Manager, Federal
Randy Schnell
Randy Schnell
NI (formerly National Instruments), Army Account Manager
Mark Hair
Mark Hair
CEREBRAS SYSTEMS, FEDERAL LEADER
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Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Nelson Salas
Nelson Salas
Grug Group / JetX, Founder
Michael Williams
Michael Williams
Boeing, Principal Advanced Technologist
Clive Cook
Clive Cook
precursor SPC, CEO
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Todd Parsons
Todd Parsons
Riverside Research Institute, Deputy Program Manager
Zachary and Levy
Zachary and Levy
Cognovi Labs, Managing Director
Dave Robau
Dave Robau
National Energy USA, CEO & Chief Scientist
Karen Fray, PMP
Karen Fray, PMP
National Security Innovation Network, National Service Portfolio Director
Christopher Pavel
Christopher Pavel
Western Air Defense Sector, BCC Spark Cell, Senior Enlisted Leader
Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
Dark Wolf Solutions, LLC, Director, Strategic Accounts
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