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X-Force Fellowship Presentations

Magdalini Lagoudas
Texas A&M University, Executive Director, Industry and Nonprofit Partnerships

Magda pursues strategic partnerships with industry, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations with focus on providing opportunities for engineering students to gain valuable engineering experience for their professional careers. She is a PI for Texas A&M I-Corps Site sponsored by the National Science Foundation. She collaborates with NSIN on several programs, including Hacking 4 Defense, X-Force, and capstone projects.

Jacob Pierce
Texas A&M, Student

A born inventor and risk taker, Jacob is a Senior Electrical Systems Engineering Student at Texas A&M. Working with the National Knights of Columbus College Board, Jacob helps to facilitate community service and fraternity throughout the southwestern portion of the United States. Moreover, Jacob is a business owner and runs a small, online, resale electronics business.

Zachary Marvin
DroneHQ, CEO

Zachary Marvin is an undergraduate student at Stevens Institute of Technology and is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is a part of Launchpad @ Stevens, a program that introduces engineers to the world of entrepreneurship and product development. He has co-founded a drone recognition software company called DroneHQ and has worked extensively with the National Security Innovation Network to continue developing the product for use in both commercial and military applications.

Billy Dickson
NSIN X-Force, Software Developer

Billy is a master's student in computational linguistics at Indiana University working on computational semantics, natural language understanding, and deep learning approaches to natural language processing. Billy received his bachelor's in general linguistics from Michigan State University, and is a highly motivated collaborator in the defense sector, providing unfair advantages to the war fighter.

Teddy Chen
Georgia Tech, Student

Teddy is a 4th year computer science undergrad at the Georgia Instiute of Technology. He worked with NSIN as an X-Force Fellow this past summer, prototyping new ways to fly helicopters in VR. Teddy hopes to work in the XR space when he graduates this upcoming spring.

Matt Luettgen
NSIN X-Force, Fellow

Matt Luettgen is a master’s student in Computational Linguistics at Indiana University. He is currently studying Abusive Language Detection and Multilingual Parsing. In 2019, he participated in a project that aimed to use eye tracking and subtle gaze guidance to improve the comprehension of Deaf and Hard of Hearing users of video lectures. He also minored in Japanese and is striving to become fluent. In the future, Matt Luettgen hopes to work within the DoD, particularly in opportunities relating to computational linguistics or that are located in Japan.

Nicholas Cali
DroneHQ, Co-founder

Nicholas is a cybersecurity major from New Jersey. The original reason for his major choice was to work for the FBI or any other national security agency. However, he has also always been interested in a career with the military. Nicholas is the first in his family to attend a 4 year school. He has always wanted to help the less fortunate.

Alfonso Acosta
X-Force, Fellow

Alfonso is currently an undergraduate student senior at San Diego State University. Alfonso is a member of SDSU's SPACE Lab and Rocket Project. He hopes to work in the Space Industry under navigation, controls, or even data analysis.

The X-Force Fellowship program is an opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country by solving real-world national security problems in collaboration with the U.S. military. 

Join this session to hear four talented X-Force Fellowship teams present the solutions that they developed for DoD customers — and learn more about the program that made it possible.

Attendees (31)

Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
Tuloy, Chief Executive Officer
Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Kara Carlson
Austin American-Statesman, Reporter
David Solomon
David Solomon
MTSI, Director, Technology Transition
Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Mahdi Schindelheim
Mahdi Schindelheim
GridRaster, / Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy
Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
Dark Wolf Solutions, LLC, Director, Strategic Accounts
John Chapman
John Chapman
Link to Learn, President
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