Co-Founder and Vice President for Programs & Community at MassRobotics
Joyce Sidopoulos is a Co-Founder and Vice President for Programs and Community at MassRobotics, where she develops high impact programs for the robotics ecosystem, highlighting startups technology, matching startups with potential funders and customers, engaging with tech sectors who benefit from robotics adoption, connecting students and talent to potential employers and working with academia to commercialize research. In addition, she co-founded Robots.jobs as a talent marketplace focused on matching robotics and AI company’s opportunities with jobseekers. Previously, she was the Robotics and Emerging Technology Cluster Manager for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, promoting robotics, facilitating dialogue and partnership between Robotics companies, technologists and academia and working initiatives to expand the breadth and depth of the robotics ecosystem in MA and the New England region.
She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Previous positions held include Chief Engineer for Acoustic Performance System, Systems and Test Engineer and Sonar Systems Analyst/Engineer for the Naval Underwater Systems Center and Business Development Director for General Dynamics.
Government Relations Strategist & Registered Lobbyist at Nelson Mullins
Joe is a government relations strategist and registered lobbyist in Massachusetts and Washington D.C. who works for Nelson Mullins, a national law and government relations firm. Joe has been involved in the Massachusetts and New England defense sector for more than 20 years and his clients include Fortune 100 defense primes, numerous defense-focused small businesses and research institutions supporting the Defense Department.
He serves as the chair of the New England Council’s defense working group, a board member for the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance and an active member of the New England Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association and the New Hampshire Aerospace & Defense Export Consortium. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree (Amherst) and master’s degree (Boston) from the University of Massachusetts and is an active alumnus.
Lawyer & Founder of Hughes Law PLC
Ty Hughes founded Hughes Law PLC to help clients solve problems and successfully navigate the increasingly complex world of federal procurement. He draws on more than three decades of government, corporate, and law firm experience.
He was Vice President and General Counsel for the Fluor Government Group from 2012–2016. He served as the Deputy General Counsel for Acquisition for the U.S. Air Force from 2002–2011, advising the Secretary of the Air Force and the Headquarters Air Force Staff on procurement law and the acquisition of major systems. Before that, he was a partner at Patton Boggs LLP and a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding LLP.
He served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps until 1992. His active duty assignments included Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army, Special Assistant to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, and Chief Counsel for the Department of Defense Post-War Reconstruction Assistance Office in Kuwait. He was a trial counsel in the 82nd Airborne Division and earned the master parachutist badge. He also served as a trial attorney and a supervising trial attorney representing the Army in contract litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. He entered the U.S. Army in 1972 as a Second Lieutenant after graduation from the U.S. Military Academy.
The White House appointed him as a member of the Acquisition Advisory Panel created by Section 1423 of the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003. He is an honorary faculty member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He holds a B.S. in Applied Science and Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy. He received his J.D. and M.B.A. from Boston University, LL.M. from Georgetown University, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He graduated from the Program Managers course at the Defense Systems Management College.
Edward M. Harrington
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired)
BG(R) Harrington started his Army service as an enlisted infantryman, earning a commission through the Infantry Officer Candidate School. During his 35 years of service, he was a Quartermaster Officer leading and managing deployed logistics operations in the US, Far East, Viet Nam (229th AHB), the Pacific Rim and Germany. He then served in Acquisition and Contracting positions leading and managing tactical IT systems, Abrams tank armor systems, and DoD contracting commands. He concluded his service as an Army Program Executive Officer (TACOM) and then as the Director, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) additionally being a DoD PEO for its Standard Procurement System. He was responsible for overseeing management of and contracting for military service weapon systems as well as for NASA, defense agency (DLA, DISA), foreign military sales and allied cooperative and security assistance contracts. His last Army position was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Procurement. After his Army service, he was DynCorp-International’s Senior Vice President for Contracts and thereafter has been a consultant.
He has served on the board of advisors of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), the Board of Directors of the New England Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and is a Director on The Procurement Roundtable (Washington, DC). He is also the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Camp Resilience, a New Hampshire based Veterans Service Organization helping Veterans from New England, New Jersey and New York.
BG(R) Harrington holds a B.S. in Management from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He also has a MS in Acquisition and Contracting from the Florida Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Army’s Senior Service College Fellowship, University of Texas-Austin.
VP of Investments – Mass Ventures
Stacy is VP of Investments at Mass Ventures. Previously, she was the Director of the UMass Lowell Research Institute’s SBIR Center, where she coached over 100 small high-tech companies through the SBIR process. Before that, she spent 25 years in industry developing and commercializing inorganic materials for nuclear detection, light emitting diodes, non-linear optics, long-wear coatings, and semiconductor equipment. She was a co-founder of a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) emulation startup. Her business experience includes outsourcing, production, marketing, and technical sales. Stacy received her degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT.
Dr. Sanjay Raman
Dean – College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Sanjay Raman was recently named the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and begins his new duties at UMass Amherst in August. Previously, Raman served as associate vice president for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region and president and CEO of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation,
At Virginia Tech, Raman was a tenured full professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering based at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Va. From 1998-2009, he was assigned to the Virginia Tech main campus in Blacksburg.
As the associate vice president (AVP) for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region (NCR), Raman was responsible for planning and executing region-wide initiatives to enhance the university’s research, education, and outreach missions, focusing on cross-cutting themes of data and decision science, integrated security, intelligent infrastructure, global systems science, policy, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Since July 2016, he has also served as the president and CEO of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, a 501(c)(3) university affiliated research organization whose mission is to deliver analytic and technology solutions to the university’s government and non-government customers, extending the brand and impact of the Virginia Tech Research and Innovation enterprise.
From 2007-13, Raman served as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), on loan from the university under Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments. He is also a graduate of the Virginia Tech Executive Development Institute.
Raman earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1998 and joined the ECE faculty at Virginia Tech. Prior to his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, Raman served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy from 1987-92. He earned a bachelor’s of electrical engineering degree, with highest honors, from Georgia Tech in 1987.
Raman is a founding member of the Virginia Tech Multifunctional Integrated Circuits and Systems (MICS) group, focused on innovative research in analog, mixed-signal, and RF/microwave/mm-wave IC designs, optoelectronics, and RF interfaces. Raman is an Elected Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for leadership in adaptive microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuits. He is also an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.
President and CEO of TIP Strategies, Inc.
Tom Stellman is the founder and CEO of TIP Strategies, an economic and workforce development strategy firm with offices in Austin, TX and Seattle, WA. As developer of TIP’s model of Talent, Innovation, and Place, Tom helps clients identify their core values and build consensus around strategies to promote economic health.
In addition to TIP’s current defense industry impact work for Massachusetts, Tom has led Department of Defense-funded projects for military communities surrounding Fort Hood, TX; Sheppard AFB, TX; Fort Campbell, KY; Anniston Army Depot, AL; Eglin AFB, FL.; Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL; and the Red River Army Depot, TX. His team is also leading efforts to establish defense industry alliances for the State of Washington and communities surrounding Edwards AFB and the Naval Air Weapon Station China Lake in southern California.
Tom also developed and launched the highly successful Invest in Texas Alliance, a marketing initiative sponsored by 26 economic development agencies and electric utilities. His team targeted both domestic and international growth companies through a unique mix of direct marketing and networking, resulting in over $3 billion in investment leads and the location of 15 companies.
Prior to establishing TIP, Tom was director of the Office of International Business for the Texas Department of Commerce.
VP, Defense Innovation and
President, Women in Defense Greater Boston Chapter
Karen specializes in the commercialization of deep tech innovations with dual use defense, government and commercial applications.
At Activate, Karen supports the advancement of new hard technology innovations in areas of climate tech, microelectronics, 5G, advanced materials, quantum computing, biotechnology, AI, carbon dioxide removal (CDR), energy storage and power to address national security needs and have a sustainability/energy/resiliance/climate change mitigation impact.
Karen builds bridges between corporate, government, Lab, startup, venture capital, angel, industry, university and national security communities. Karen is also a workforce development leader supporting novel STEM and DEI programs through advocacy, mentorship, education and scholarships. She serves as a defense innovation sherpa, community connector, angel investor, and startup advisor.
Karen also serves as President, Women in Defense Greater Boston Chapter.