Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

NASA HBCU Event 2017

August 23, 2017

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Christy Jackiewicz, Acting Director, OSDBU, U.S. DOE with (l to r) Dir. William Bynum, President Jackson State University, Tabisa T. Kalisa, Program Manager, Office of Small Business Programs, NASA, and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI — On August 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) participated at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI) Technology Infusion Road Tour at Jackson State University (JSU).  This event is  being held August 22-23, 2017 at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. NASA's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), in collaboration with the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and the Office of Education (OE), is hosting the event.

Together, these three offices are providing an open platform for HBCU and MSI representatives to learn about NASA's Mentor-Protégé Program, STMD's Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technical Transfer (SBIR/STTR) opportunities, as well as the Office of Education’s grant and cooperative agreement opportunities. By participating in presentations and workshops with various technical and business representatives from NASA and large primes, attendees will learn program fundamentals and ways to pursue procurement and technical opportunities. Guest speakers include past and present MPP and SBIR/STTR participants to discuss lessons learned and their success stories. 

DOE’s OSDBU had the opportunity to present during a workshop titled, Department of Energy Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Overview.  During this workshop, Christy Jackiewicz, Acting Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy stated, "DOE is a STEM agency with a wealth of opportunities for partnering with HBCUs".