February 18, 2016 - John F. Ebersole

Click to Signup Location: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA 02420
Dinner Reservation Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016 @ 6pm

“I didn’t even know this was possible”

Building a Creativity Company to Achieve Solutions That Work

(Or, how do you win SBIR optics contracts anyway?)


The quote in the title of this presentation was exclaimed by the Director of Training at the Department of Energy in response to participation in an Augmented-Reality-based firefighter/first-responder training technology demonstration conducted by the author’s company.  This presentation will include lessons learned that have been successfully applied in a small-business environment, achieving breakthrough, disruptive technology invention, development, and manufacturing.  Tried and true ideas for obtaining new customers (and keeping the ones you already have), writing winning proposals, and hiring (and keeping) the right personnel will be discussed.  Specific recommendations will be shared on winning SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contracts – from Phase I feasibility to Phase II prototype to Phase III commercialization and technology transfer.  


John F. Ebersole, Ebersole & Associates


Four National SBIR awards for innovation, R&D / engineering program leadership, tech transfer
Twice:  SBA Prime Contractor of the Year for New England for SBIR and non-SBIR programs
Twice:  SBIR Tibbetts Award for Innovation and Excellence 
Outstanding R&D Business Capture Record 
More than 60 winning Federal and commercial R&D contracts
Including 29 SBIR contracts
Unique 100% (11-for-11) SBIR Phase-I-to-Phase-II conversion record
Transitioning 7 out of 10 Phase II programs into Phase III commercialization (with one more pending)
Invited National Speaker:  SBIR Federal High-Tech “How-To-Win SBIR Contracts”
Scientist and inventor:  16 patents in Augmented Reality and EO/IR technology
Technology Expertise
Augmented Reality, visualization, EO/IR imaging and laser systems
Indoor laboratory and 30+ outdoor field tests – planning and data collection
Modeling, simulation, and data analysis
Team Building:  Forging effective best-of-three-worlds partnerships for high-technology R&D
Small and large corporations (e.g., BAE Systems, Boeing, CSC, McDonnell Douglas) 
Academia (e.g., BU, MIT, Northeastern U, U Mass., UNC Charlotte, UNH, WPI)
Federal and state government (e.g., NASA, DoD, DHS, NH, DE)
Company Founder and Tech Transfer

Three start-up companies (including two spin-offs) from SBIR and non-SBIR innovations



Dinner & Meeting reservations must be made by 6 PM, Monday, February 15, 2016.  We can no longer accept dinner reservations after this cutoff.
Meeting-Only registrations are appreciated by Wednesday, February 17, 2016, the day before the meeting.  Walk-ins are acceptable for the meeting-only.

Please make online reservations via the "Click to signup" button above.

Reservations may also be left on the answering machine at (617) 584-0266. We no longer have an email address for reservations due to SPAM.

When making reservation requests, please provide the following information:

  • DINNER AND MEETING or meeting only
  • Name(s) and membership status
  • Daytime phone number where you can be reached (in case of change or cancellation)


MIT Lincoln Laboratory
3 Forbes Road
Lexington, MA 02420

(617) 969-3282

Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:45, Meeting—7:30 PM.

(Map to MIT Lincoln Laboratory).


Vegetarian option available on request

Dinner Prices:

   Register on/before
 DINNER Reservation Date 
 Late Reservations
Based on Availability
 NES/OSA Members and their guests   $30.00 each   $35.00 
 Non-members   $35.00 (See NOTE Below)   $40.00 
 Students   $5.00   $5.00 
 Post-Docs   $15.00   $15.00 









NOTE: The NES/OSA has not changed dinner prices in several years but has been facing higher costs. We have increased the cost of dinner by $5 this year. We will try to accommodate late reservations but cannot not guarantee that a meal will be available.

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Membership Rates:

Regular members $15.00
Student members free




NOTE: The extra $5.00 of the non-member dinner fee can be used toward membership dues if the nonmember joins and pays dues for the current year at the meeting.