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Announcing the 2018 Applied AI Conference Speaker Line-up

We’re excited to announce that the following speakers will be joining us at the Applied AI Conference 2018, on April 12th in San Francisco:

Kay Firth-Butterfield – Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum
Madhav Thattai – COO, Rigetti Computing
Richard Socher – Chief Scientist, Salesforce
Sangeeta Chakraborty – Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi
Alex Holub – Founder, Vidora
Zachary Hanif – Director – Center for Machine Learning, Capital One

See Full Speaker Line-up here.

The conference is limited to 800 attendees and we usually sell out weeks ahead of our event.


DeepMind’s latest AI transfers its learning to new tasks

Backstory: Most algorithms can be trained in only one domain, and can’t use what’s been learned for one task to perform another, new one. A big hope for AI is to have systems take insights from one setting and apply them elsewhere—what’s called transfer learning. Read more.

As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030. To technologists working on A.I. in the United States, the statement, which was 28 pages long in its English translation, was a direct challenge to America’s lead… Read more.

Artificial Intelligence Just Discovered New Planets

The Kepler space telescope, which launched in 2009, has produced more than 30,000 signals measuring light from stars to search for possible planets in distant parts of the galaxy. Sifting through that and other telescope data, astronomers have found more than 3,500 planets… Read more.

Wise up, deep learning may never create a general purpose AI

AI and deep learning have been subject to a huge amount of hype. In a new paper, Gary Marcus argues there’s been an “irrational exuberance” around deep learning. In August 2015, a number of carefully selected Facebook users in the Bay Area discovered a new feature on Facebook Messenger. Known as M, the service was designed to… Read more.

The Digital Hospital: Mission-Control-Like Command Center At This Hospital Is Taking Healthcare Into The Future

In the 1960s, airports started using air traffic control technology that allowed them to swiftly transition from scheduling a few hundred flights a day to managing thousands. Now, many airports handle millions of passengers every day. Despite the vast complexity of such a logistical challenge… Read more.

2017 AI Digest Review

Every week the BootstrapLab’s team curates the most interesting and current articles on Artificial Intelligence. To inspire you in 2018, we wanted to share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Software Engineer (Android)

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

indus.ai: Product Marketing Director

See more job opportunities.


AAI17 Session Spotlight: Fireside Chat with Richard Socher, Chief Scientist – Salesforce


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Few Early Bird Tickets Left

Don’t miss the future of Artificial Intelligence and join us and over 800+ AI Leaders and Experts in San Francisco on April 12th.

If your organization is interested in getting in front of the AI community contact us to learn more about the sponsorship/partnership opportunities.

Few early bird tickets still available, sign up now and save $840.


The UX of AI

As was the case with the mobile revolution, and the web before that, machine learning will cause us to rethink, restructure, and reconsider what’s possible in virtually every experience we build. In the Google UX community… Read more.

Oil and Gas Industry Gets GPU, Deep Learning Injection

Artificial Intelligence systems are going to crash some of our cars, and sometimes they’re going to recommend longer sentences for black Americans than for whites. We know this because they’ve already gone wrong in these ways. Read more.

Natural Language Processing – Current Applications and Future Possibilities

A 2017 Tractica report on the natural language processing (NLP) market estimates the total NLP software, hardware, and services market opportunity to be around $22.3 billion by 2025. The report also forecasts that NLP software solutions leveraging AI will see a market growth from $136 million in 2016 to $5.4 billion by 2025. Read more.

China is rapidly closing the US’s lead in AI research

Every year, hundreds of researchers gather at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) to hear presentations on the latest developments in AI. Increasingly, that means learning about the work of Chinese researchers. Read more.

NCI Announces Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, New AI Business Unit

NCI Inc. has named Brad Mascho chief artificial intelligence officer, a new position leading a new corporate division focused on AI initiatives and strategy. The new business unit aims to accelerate, automate and augment… Read more.

‘Machines That Think’ predicts the future of artificial intelligence

Movies and other media are full of mixed messages about the risks and rewards of building machines with minds of their own. For every manipulative automaton like Ex Machina’s Ava (SN: 5/16/15, p. 26), there’s a helpful Star Wars droid… Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Software Engineer (Android)

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

indus.ai: Product Marketing Director

See more job opportunities.


AAI17 Session Spotlight: Mårten Mickos, CEO – HackerOne


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The 2017 Applied AI Digest Review is here

Every week the BootstrapLab’s team is happy to share with you the latest in Artificial Intelligence.

To inspire you in 2018, we wanted to share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review Presentation – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017.


The State of Machine Learning in DevOps

DevOps methodologies are increasingly generating large and diverse data sets across the entire application lifecycle — from development, to deployment, to application performance management… Read more.

Don’t Make AI Artificially Stupid in the Name of Transparency

Artificial Intelligence systems are going to crash some of our cars, and sometimes they’re going to recommend longer sentences for black Americans than for whites. We know this because they’ve already gone wrong in these ways. Read more.

Why Tesla’s Autopilot Can’t See a Stopped Firetruck

On Monday, a Tesla Model S slammed into the back of a stopped firetruck on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles County. The driver apparently told the fire department the car was in Autopilot mode at the time. The crash highlighted the shortcomings of the increasingly… Read more.

4 deep learning breakthroughs business leaders should understand

It’s a given that artificial intelligence will change many things in our world in 2018. But with new developments arising at a rapid pace, how can business leaders keep up with the latest AI to improve their performance? Read more.

Andrew Ng officially launches his $175M AI Fund

As the founder of the Google Brain deep learning project and co-founder of Coursera, Andrew Ng was one of the most recognizable names in the machine learning community when he became Baidu’s chief scientist in 2014. Read more.


SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, said that Artificial Intelligence is “one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire”.

You can take advantage of the opportunity to learn, connect and collaborate with AI Experts at the Applied AI Conference 2018 in San Francisco on April 12th.

Sign up now at our limited early bird pricing and save $840. Group discounts also available for teams. Contact us for more information.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

See more job opportunities.


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SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

The Super Early Bird tickets have sold out and the conference is expected to be at capacity again with 800+ AI professionals so take advantage of our very limited early bird tickets.

Get insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


This Is The World’s First Graphical AI Interface

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have a big ambition: to create the Javascript for AI. Read more.

What’s Bigger than Fire and Electricity? Artificial Intelligence Says Google Boss

Google CEO Sundar Pichai believes artificial intelligence could have “more profound” implications for humanity than electricity or fire, according to recent comments. Read more.

How Deep Learning Empowers Enterprise AI

Deep learning is rapidly becoming an Enterprise AI (artificial intelligence) essential, at least according to Gartner. The market research firm predicted that 80 percent of data scientists will include deep learning as part of their AI toolkits in 2018.​ Read more.

ETFs powered by artificial intelligence are getting smarter, says fund co-founder

Exchange-traded funds powered by artificial intelligence are getting smarter, according to a co-founder of EquBot, a company that created one such fund. Read more.

Artificial Intelligence is Going to Supercharge Surveillance

We usually think of surveillance cameras as digital eyes, watching over us or watching out for us, depending on your view. But really, they’re more like portholes: useful only when someone is looking through them. Sometimes that means a human watching live footage, usually from multiple video feeds. Read more.

Tips for jumpstarting your journey to developing AI apps

“AI won’t replace managers, but managers who use AI will replace those who don’t.” So write Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAffee in the Harvard Business Review. That’s an important point to which all managers must pay attention: AI isn’t a technology for assisting humans; it’s for augmenting them. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

See more job opportunities.


Applied AI Digest 2017

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Applied AI Digest 2017

After decades of investing, building, and scaling software companies, BootstrapLabs realized in late 2015 that the world was about to enter a renaissance era for Artificial Intelligence, powered by an explosion of data, plummeting storage costs, increasing connectivity speed, and affordable processing power growing exponentially.

BootstrapLabs has since become one of the most active and respected early stage venture capital firms in Applied Artificial Intelligence, and its community of executives, founders, researchers and investors has grown to over 40,000. Our weekly Applied AI Digest newsletter is read by over 4,000 members, and approximately 2,000 attendees joined our annual Applied AI conferences, quarterly Applied AI Insiders Series, and workshops in the last two years.

Artificial intelligence could add as much as $15.7 trillion – about the combined output of China and India – to the global economy by 2030 but the road ahead will not be without major hurdles. In 2017, VCs invested $10.8 Billion in AI & Machine Learning companies globally and the sector saw over 200 M&A deals in the last 5 years. This is just the tip of the iceberg as most Fortune 1000 corporations will be playing catch-up for many years to come.

Entire industries will be transformed by the power of Artificial Intelligence and tomorrow’s winner are being created today.

We wish you a fantastic start to 2018. To inspire you, we thought we would share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review Presentation – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017.

Applied Artificial Intelligence Digest 2017 Review

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SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

The Super Early Bird tickets have sold out and the conference is expected to be at capacity again with 800+ AI professionals so take advantage of our very limited early bird tickets.

Get insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


China enters the battle for AI talent

A mountainous district in western Beijing known for its temples and mushroom production is tipped to become China’s hub for industries based on artificial intelligence (AI). Read more.

Artificial Intelligence to Sort Through ISR Data Glut

Inundated with more data than humans can analyze, the U.S. military and intelligence community are banking on machine learning and advanced computing technologies to separate the wheat from the chaff. Read more.

Voice assistants dominate CES as Google plays catchup with Alexa

This week about 180,000 visitors flocked to the world’s biggest technology exhibition, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And while all the usual gadgets made an appearance, from smart fridges to self-driving cars, there was one dominant theme: speech. Read more.

How AI is changing the future of healthcare

In 1942, Isaac Asimov attempted to lay out a moral framework for how robots can serve humans. The science fiction writer came up with “three laws of robotics”, meant to prevent machines from harming their human creators. Read more.

Google and Others Are Building AI Systems That Doubt Themselves

Researchers at Uber and Google are working on modifications to the two most popular deep-learning frameworks that will enable them to handle probability. Read more.

30 Amazing Machine Learning Projects for the Past Year

This is an extremely competitive list and it carefully picks the best open source Machine Learning libraries, datasets and apps published between January and December 2017. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

See more job opportunities.


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SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

The Super Early Bird tickets have sold out and the conference is expected to be at capacity again with 800+ AI professionals so take advantage of our very limited early bird tickets.

Get insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


The Amazing Ways Tesla Is Using Artificial Intelligence And Big Data

Tesla has become a household name as a leader and pioneer in the electric vehicle market, but it also manufactures and sells advanced battery and solar panel technology. Read more.

How an A.I. ‘Cat-and-Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos

The woman in the photo seems familiar. She looks like Jennifer Aniston, the “Friends” actress, or Selena Gomez, the child star turned pop singer. But not exactly. Read more.

Inside the Lab Where Amazon’s Alexa Takes Over the World

When it first launched in 2014, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant was little more than an experiment. It appeared first inside the Echo, itself a wacky gadget launched without warning or much expectation. As it took off, though, and millions of people began to put a smart speaker in their home… Read more.

The Case Against Deep-Learning Hype

Is there more to AI than neural networks? Gary Marcus, professor of psychology at NYU and ex-director of Uber’s AI lab, thinks so. He’s published a critique of deep-learning systems that use neural nets, and it skewers some of the current AI hype. Read more.

Identifying the Next Big Thing: Qual vs. Quant

Throughout history, humans have remained obsessed with mechanisms for predicting the future. From oracles and auguries of the ancients, to modern day algorithms of Wall Street, we have trusted in diverse tools to foretell what might come next. Read more.

Here are the most common uses of AI on your smartphone today

Artificial intelligence is starting to permeate the technology that we use everyday. That’s especially true in smartphones, where apps that rely on machine learning and AI are increasingly common. Statista mapped out the survey results of Deloitte’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey which determined just how aware smartphone users are… Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

See more job opportunities.


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Announcing the Applied AI Conference 2018

As a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, BootstrapLabs will bring together the Artificial Intelligence community once again for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

The global network of experts we’re bringing together have unique backgrounds from research, entrepreneurship, investment, business transformation, and more. They’ll share insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our very limited super early bird tickets right now (save $1000) and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

And gives us the news that god-like machines will take over within a decade Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla, his electric automobile company, is developing its own custom chips for its driverless cars Read more.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment Human Intelligence

By creating user interfaces which let us work with the representations inside machine learning models, we can give people new tools for reasoning. Read more.

Why AI is entering its golden age

The quest to give machines human-level intelligence has been around for decades, and it has captured imaginations for far longer — think of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the 19th century. Artificial intelligence, or AI, was born in the 1950s, with boom cycles leading… Read more.

The State of AI in Montreal – Startups, Investment, and What it Means for the City

In the last 12 months, Montreal has arrived on the world stage as an epicenter for machine learning and artificial intelligence. The city’s extraordinarily high density of AI talent isn’t new, but the demand for machine learning is, and the proverbial “tech spotlight” is now shining bright on this very French Canadian city. Read more.

Artificial Intelligence, False Gods, and Driverless Everything

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has succeeded by being far-seeing; it’s a field where proponents began by envisioning a computer that can take over functions of the human brain, like computation and logic. Today the field has progressed… Read more.

Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs?

It is not just Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking who are freaking out about the rise of invincible machines. Yes, robots have the potential to outsmart us and destroy the human race. But first, artificial intelligence could make countless professions obsolete by the time my sons reach their 20s. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

See more job opportunities.


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BootstrapLabs and Position A are Partnering to Solve the World’s Hardest Technology Challenges in AI and Cyber

BootstrapLabs and Position A Partners jointly released the following this morning:

BootstrapLabs, a leading early-stage venture capital firm focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence, and Position A Partners, a specialized investment, product innovation and corporate development firm, are partnering to offer founders a life-cycle approach to successfully build and scale companies that solve the hardest Artificial Intelligence and Cyber technology challenges in areas such as autonomous vehicles, identity management, data and transaction integrity, critical infrastructure, robotics, healthcare and government.

The world is fast becoming digital, powered by software, data, infrastructure, and increasingly, artificial intelligence. Six years ago, oil firms accounted for six of the top 10 most valuable companies worldwide. Today, only one oil firm remains in the top 10, and six technology companies (Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Alibaba) represent 70 percent of their total market capitalization. This represents the biggest sector shift in modern history, creating major opportunities for new market entrants, but also creating major threats to the core pillars of modern society.

“Cyber, in particular, poses a massive challenge to the very fabric of our society, and few firms are as well positioned as BootstrapLabs and Position A to uncover emerging innovation in cyber, artificial intelligence and next-generation computing that will address this trillion-dollar opportunity,” said Dr. Tom Campbell, special advisor to BootstrapLabs, founder of FutureGrasp  LLC and former National Intelligence Officer for Technology at the National Intelligence Council, ODNI.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures cybercrime damages are expected to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015, and corporations’ budgets for cyber alone are expected to grow to $1 trillion by that same date. Ransomware attacks have been spreading like an epidemic since 2016, and 2017 already recorded $5 billion worth of damages, touching even the most sophisticated and technologically advanced corporations, institutions and nation states.

“Software systems and the infrastructure on which they run are getting increasingly complex, and interconnected. With the recent advances in artificial intelligence, these systems are exponentially more challenging to build, manage and secure. It takes deep domain knowledge, expertise, ingenuity, passion and vision to solve these complex problems and I could not think of a better partner than BootstrapLabs to do this with,” said Herb Kelsey, partner at Position A Partners and former chief architect for a U.S. DoD mission support agency.

Together, the firms combine access to value-add capital and a joint community of some of the world’s best AI and Cyber experts in computer vision, NLP, NLU, DL, mapping, robotics, cybersecurity and blockchain. Founders will be able to accelerate their product-market fit discovery, vet and hire top talent faster, close scalable revenue opportunities sooner and strategically plan exits to some of the group’s close strategic partners or to the public markets.

“There is no need for founders to re-invent the wheel with each venture; a certain product and technology may be unique, but the way to build and scale a company to success isn’t. Together our firms bring a unique combination of proven execution methodologies, skills, deep industry knowledge and resources so that founders can take their venture from early disruptor to market leaders in a fraction of the time, dilution and risks it usually takes,” said Darr Aley, founder and managing partner of Position A Partners.

“After spending decades building, investing and scaling technology companies, I know firsthand how critically important it is for founders to pick the right partners, which is why I founded BootstrapLabs. We have known Position A Partners for years, and as fellow operators and founders, we have the deepest respect for the work they do, and I am very excited to bring together our respective strengths to address some of the greatest opportunities of our time,” said Nicolai Wadstrom, founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs.

About BootstrapLabs

BootstrapLabs is a leading Venture Capital firm based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence. It actively invests in passionate entrepreneurs building disruptive early-stage technology startups that use AI/ML technologies to solve hard, global problems in sectors such as Transportation, Logistics, Financial Services, Future of Work, Cyber and Healthcare. Select Applied AI portfolio companies include AEye, Pinn Technologies, Vidora, Qurious.io, Roger.ai, Sibly, Indus.ai, Mendel Health, SmartEar, and many others.

Over the years, BootstrapLabs has cultivated a world-class community of 38,000 AI experts, founders, executives, developers and investors to fuel its high-quality deal-flow, provide access to top-tier talent and secure early customers for its portfolio companies. Over 2,000 professionals have attended its Annual Applied AI Conferences, quarterly Insiders Series and monthly workshops. The group also publishes a very popular Applied AI Digest newsletter that is read by more than 4,000 people each week.

About Position A Partners

Position A is a specialized investment, product innovation and corporate development firm working with disruptive technology companies in AI, IoT, Robotics, Autonomous and Electric vehicles, Transportation (all forms), Global Supply Chain and Cyber. The firm works with some of the most important engineers, scientists and business talent of our generation to solve the world’s hardest technology problems that are impacting its network of Private Equity, Family Offices, University Labs, Venture Groups and Nation States partners.

As a catalyst for innovation development and technology adoption, Position A leverages its direct access to critical infrastructure, deep knowledge of the regulatory environment, as well as expertise in forming public/private partnerships to accelerate global product adoption, revenue creation and exits for its clients.

Media Contacts:

BootstrapLabs Group LLC |  Email: info@bootstraplabs.com

Position A Partners LLC | Email: darr@positionapartners.com

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BootstrapLabs welcomes Dr. Thomas A. Campbell as Special Advisor

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas A. Campbell, a recognized analyst and researcher in emerging and disruptive technologies, has joined BootstrapLabs as a Special Advisor.

“I have known Tom for a few years and I am very excited to have him join BootstrapLabs as a special advisor. His deep domain knowledge and expertise is an invaluable resource to our core mission to address some of the hardest technology challenges and opportunities facing our society for years to come.”  Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs.

Tom is the Founder & President of FutureGrasp, LLC, which advises organizations on trends and implications of emerging technologies. Before that he was the first National Intelligence Officer for Technology (NIO-TECH) with the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Tom established and managed liaison relationships with academia, industry, and others to ensure a comprehensive understanding of technology and its intersection with global military, security, economic, financial and energy issues.

Prior to his government service, Tom was Research Associate Professor and Associate Director for Outreach with the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech for over six years. He led corporate outreach and facilitated large, multi-principal investigator (PI) program and proposal developments in interdisciplinary areas.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.