21 - 25 April 2024
National Harbor, Maryland, US
Industry Event
Keynote: Accelerating Research to Impact
23 April 2024 • 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM EDT | Prince George Exhibition Hall, Industry Stage 
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) invests in the full spectrum of fundamental research across all areas of science and engineering. With the exciting recent creation of the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP), the NSF is spurring innovation that will rapidly address societal and economic challenges, open opportunities for all Americans and accelerate the creation of critical technologies. Please join us to learn more about how TIP will expand and transform the nation’s research and innovation ecosystem, launch deep tech startups, nurture the future workforce, and grow the nation’s competitiveness and security for decades to come.


Mara Schindelholz
Mara Schindelholz
Program Director
SBIR/STTR National Science Foundation (United States)
Mara Schindelholz joined the U.S. National Science Foundation as a SBIR/STTR program director in 2023. Mara is also a principal research and development staff member at Sandia National Laboratories, where she has developed sensor diagnostics and advanced digital technologies for DOE and DoD. She has received several awards for her leadership in this area, including a 2023 Defense Programs Award of Excellence in Tech Transfer from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Prior to joining Sandia, Mara was a senior materials research engineer at Luna Innovations (now Luna Labs) and a consultant for ElectraWatch (since acquired by Austal USA). In both positions, she worked on and led DoD SBIR programs to develop and commercialize diagnostic sensing and predictive materials models. Mara received her master's in materials science and engineering and a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Virginia.


Event Details

FORMAT: Oral presentation followed by audience Q&A.
MENU: Coffee and tea service available nearby.
SETUP: Stage and theater style seating.