Speaker Presentation File

INCOSE Membership Meeting


6:00-6:30 PM: Meet, Greet, and Mingle 

   Local Introductions at Local Sites

   Order/Obtain Food and Drinks

6:30-7:00 PM: Chapter Business

7:00-7:45 PM: Invited Speaker: Dr. Srivastava, MIT

7:45-8:00 PM: Discussion and Wrap-Up

Title: Innovating in a Secret World


Bio: Dr. Tina P. Srivastava is an innovator, entrepreneur, and technology expert. Her experience spans roles as chief engineer of electronic warfare programs at Raytheon to co-founder of a venture-backed security startup. She is an FAA-certified pilot and instructor of MIT's Pilot Ground School course. Srivastava earned her PhD in strategy, innovation, and engineering, a master's degree in system design and management, and a bachelor's degree in aeronautics and astronautics, all from MIT. 

Abstract: Dr. Srivastava will discuss innovation and national security, focusing on two key challenges: participation and secrecy. The participation challenge is about providing adequate incentives to potential innovators, and we will discuss challenges to incentivizing participants and how to overcome them. We will discuss IP policies, innovation contests, and incentivizing employees within a company, so business leaders can learn how to incentivize their own employees, and also how they can open up the innovation process to enable broader diversity in innovation by applying open innovation strategies to overcome technology hurdles. The secrecy challenge is about technology innovation for national security where secrecy can be an obstacle. Dr. Srivastava is passionate about technology innovation and in particular, how we can harness it to further national security and competitiveness -- for example, targeted innovation to land an astronaut on the moon, or develop stealth machinery for cyber defense. But secrecy in classified environments sometimes makes it hard to recruit and innovate. We will discuss how to navigate various contracting and legal channels. We will also discuss government programs and policies related to technology innovation and government contracting.