Professor Teresa Nelson Attends White House Celebration of High-Tech Small Businesses

August 05, 2015

Teresa Nelson

Teresa Nelson presents on the role of the arts in technology design at the Tibbetts Awards Ceremony.

Dr. Teresa Nelson, Professor in the School of Management and member of the National Women’s Business Council, joined 200 attendees and SBA Administrator Maria Contreros-Sweet at the Tibbetts Awards ceremony on June 15th at the White House. Each of the organizations to receive the Tibbetts Award were recipients of U.S. government Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. Grants such as SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) ensure that a significant part of federal government research and development efforts are directed to high-tech innovative small business in the U.S.

Nelson commented, "Many people don't realize how the U.S. government, through 'America's Seed Fund,’ capitalizes early stage research that contributes to national innovation as well as citizen health and welfare. More than $2.5 billion is funneled per year through the SBIR/STTR program managed by the Small Business Administration for this purpose. The Tibbetts Awards celebrates the best of the best.”

The ceremony was held to honor three organizations and 23 for-profit businesses as outstanding entrepreneurs collaborating with federal government agencies.  These agencies included the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense.

Following the awards ceremony, Nelson moderated a panel at the national SBIR conference entitled, "Innovative Pipelines in STE(A)M.” STE(A)M is a modification of STEM that acknowledges the role of the arts in technology design. "Think of a Blackberry and an IPhone -- the difference is design,” said Nelson. Joining Nelson on the panel were Lawrence Murphy, head of design for GE Healthcare and Bill O'Brien, Senior Advisor to the Chairman at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo Left to Right: Professor Teresa Nelson, Michelle Kim-Delany, Portfolio Manager for Breakout Labs, Nagesh Rao Nerd-in-Residence & Chief Technologist, Office of Investment and Innovation, SBA