Foundry Cup is just ten short days away, and we here at Eastern Foundry could not be more excited to have our finalists in town for the big day! The level of commitment and amount of preparation that our finalists have gone through to compete on Demo Day has been outstanding, and should make for an amazing event. In the meantime, we have a few exciting updates to share with you all that are sure to make the day even better than expected.
Announcing Our New Judge!
We are honored to have Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee serve as one of our judges for Foundry Cup, his extensive background in the energy sector will prove to be a valuable addition to our already high-caliber panel of judges. Dr. Marqusse currently serves as Chief Scientist for Enterprise Engineering and Environment at Noblis where he supports corporate investments and program execution in the areas of environment, energy, science, and
technology. Before joining Noblis, Dr. Marqusee served as the executive director of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and served as the director of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). Dr. Marqusse will be taking the place of Tom Morehouse.
Foundry Cup Speakers
If our lineup of finalists and judges wasn’t enough to get you excited about Demo Day, then hearing about our guest speakers should! We are thrilled to host Lieutenant General Michael Barbero as our introductory keynote presenter. Barbero worked in the
DoD as the Director of Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, helping to eliminate the threat of roadside bombs to our servicemen and women. General Barbero has a strong history of being able to look at today’s problems and incorporate the tech sector into finding a solution to them. For instance, by looking at the problem of IED’s, Barbero was able to implement technologies such as, minesweepers, social media monitoring software, and special kevlar suites, all which were able to reduce the threat. He also has a great understanding of the value of portable power solutions in the military and believes that in order to put soldiers in the best position to succeed, reducing the weight burden of today’s energy solutions is a must.
Secondly, Mark Bruner, Vice President of the Cohen Group will be speaking during Demo Day. Previously Mr. Bruner served as Senior Advisor to Senator Mark Warner of Virginia from 2009 to 2015. He was able to co-lead the creation of the National Commission on Energy Efficiency which produced a blueprint for how the US could double its energy productivity by 2030. The plan was endorsed by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address.
Don’t miss the chance to meet these great innovators in the energy sector, grab your tickets today for Foundry Cup!
Dan Bowman is the Communications Associate at Eastern Foundry