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Rodney (Rod) Wetterskog

Rod Wetterskog, Assistant Dean Corporate Relations, the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), University of Texas at Dallas where he engages industry in research and recruiting partnerships. He directs the UTDesign Studio; home of the ECS UTDesign Senior Capstone, EPICS, Makerspace, and Start-Up entrepreneurship programs. Prior to UT Dallas, Rod was an optical scientist at Eastman Kodak (7 years), an applied physicist at the Superconducting Super Collider, a U.S. Department of Energy project (4 years), and managed the university relations program at Texas Instruments (10 years). 

Degrees: 

BS, Physics, Penn State University

MS, Physics University of Oklahoma

Defense Innovation
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Alan Apple

Alan M. Apple focuses his practice on the federal procurement system. He has extensive experience in government acquisition and appropriations law and their processes. He has dedicated his professional life to understanding and navigating the government procurement system and resolving issues for clients who are either seeking or performing government contracts.

Alan’s broad-based experience will help clients understand and better position their business for success in the government marketplace. He understands how to set-up and counsel start-ups and innovative technology companies such that they can succeed in the government marketplace. He has extensive experience with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, contract vehicles used by government agencies seeking innovation, and all aspects of contract compliance and issues that develop from Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based and non-FAR based acquisitions, such as Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreements. Alan draws his experience from commissioned service in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps to provide unique foresight and context to navigate the complex Government acquisition process and the Government contractor relationship.

The capstone of Alan’s military career was being hand-selected to serve as the Chairman of the Contract and Fiscal Law Department at the Army JAG School. There he led the Army JAG Corps training effort and provided training to over 5,000 Government uniform and civilian attorneys on the public procurement process, rapid acquisition, and acquisition reform. Alan strategically positioned the Contract and Fiscal Law department to form partnerships with other procurement legal education providers and established relationships with other Government agencies. Alan has provided counsel and taught audiences with all levels of expertise on issues that include acquisition planning, market research, source selection, bid protests, intellectual property, data rights, and contract administration issues such as terminations, claims, contract changes, appeals, and procurement fraud. Alan has also provided education, advice, and counsel on the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SIBR), Other Transaction Authority (OTA), and all areas related to contingency & stability operations.

Alan started his 23-year military career in the United States Navy as an Aerospace Physiologist. There he completed Flight school, up to solo, as part of the Naval Aerospace Physiology Training Program. Alan then provided training for pilots on hypoxia, ejections seats, land and water survival, underwater aircraft egress, and human performance-related elements of air and space travel and fight equipment. During his Navy service, he was stationed at Marine Corps Aircraft Group-14, where he led the aeromedical briefing program, provided Night Vision Goggle training, served as a Laser System Safety Officer, and was a permanent member of the Aircraft Mishap Investigation Board.

After receiving his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Alan joined the Army JAG Corps and prosecuted all levels and types of courts-martial and administrative actions for the 1st Armored Division and the 7th Joint Military Training Center in Germany. Alan then turned his attention to the Defense Acquisition System and completed his LL.M. at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS) with a specialization in federal procurement law before deploying to Afghanistan and serving as the Deputy Chief of Contract and Fiscal Law for United States Army Forces Afghanistan. There he was a primary legal advisor for acquisitions to a 4-Star Theater Command and was the principal legal advisor to the Joint Acquisition Review Board, CERP board, and Joint Facilities Utilization Board (Construction).

Alan has also served as Deputy Chief Counsel at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC), Deputy Sta” Judge Advocate at Installation Management Command (IMCOM), and the Gilbert A. Cuneo Chair of Contract and Fiscal Law at TJAGLCS. Alan holds a Top Secret- SCI clearance, and his military awards include a Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. Alan completed undergraduate and graduate work at Louisiana Tech University (B.S. & M.S.), where he was a four-year scholarship football letterman and member of the 1990 Independence Bowl team. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and his Masters in Law (LL.M) with a specialization in federal procurement law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

Alan is licensed to practice in Oklahoma and Texas. He interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma (civil division). He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Court of Federal Claims.

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Lex Keen

Lex Keen is the CEO of SecureFoundry, a technology firm specializing in commercializing and domesticating high end microelectronics for the US government. They currently support DoD programs of record with anti-tamper microelectronics and provide quantum encryption to Indiana’s 5G Zone. His current focus is standing up a low volume semiconductor market anchored in SecureFoundry’s globally unique Multi Ebeam Direct Write Lithography System, currently installed at the Northrop Grumman Advanced Technology Lab.

Mr Keen is a Reservist, currently assigned to the Marine Corps Innovation Unit, Managing Wargaming, Experimentation, and Prototypes.

He previously served as the Technical Dir at U.S. Cyber Command and NATO’s Quantum Expert Group.

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Drew Snow

Drew Snow is the Vice President for Client Engagement for DTC Global. DTC Global assists the United States Defense Department vendors to comply with new stringent data security requirements. He joined the company in 2020.

Mr. Snow was the Vice President of Business Development department for Tech Titans, the technology association for North Texas from 2006-2020. 

Prior that, he was the Executive Director for Corporate Relations of the United States Chamber of Commerce for the “TOLA” region.

He has also held positions in publishing, web development and software.

Mr. Snow has a BFA in Journalism from SMU Meadows School of Arts, along with certifications in Retailing, Mass Merchandising and E-Commerce from the Cox and Lyle Schools.

Mr. Snow’s personal brand tag line is, “I connect forward thinking people with innovative ideas”. He has more than 1800 Linked IN contacts.

Outside of work, he is a cyclist and musician. He and his wife Sally have travelled extensively. They enjoy fine dining and their two dogs.