issues associated with international technology cooperation, investment, and trade in high-technology industries.

Currently, he directs a series of studies centered on government measures to encourage entrepreneurship and support the development of new technologies and the cooperation between industry, universities, laboratories, and government to capitalize on a nation’s investment in research. Foremost among these is a congressionally mandated study of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, reviewing the operation and achievements of this $2.3 billion award program for small companies and start-ups. He is also directing a major study on best practice in global innovation programs, entitled Comparative Innovation Policy: Best Practice for the 21st Century. Today’s meeting on “Clustering for 21st Century Prosperity” forms part of a complementary analysis entitled Competing in the 21st Century: Best Practice in State & Regional Innovation Initiatives. The overarching goal of Dr. Wessner’s work is to develop a better understanding of how we can bring new technologies forward to address global challenges in health, climate, energy, water, infrastructure, and security.


Sonya Zanardelli is the US Army RDECOM-TARDEC Ground Vehicle Power & Mobility, Energy Storage Team Leader & DOD Power Sources Member. Sonya Zanardelli received her B.S. from Wayne State University and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan - Dearborn, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. She is currently working at US Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, MI and holds the position of Energy Storage Team Leader in the Research Business Group under the Ground Vehicle Power & Mobility Directorate and has worked at TARDEC for 9.5 years. Her research fields of interest include bidirectional converters and control and advanced energy storage research for military ground vehicle applications.

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