DoD Maintenance Symposium

December 4-7, 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center

Maintenance Innovation Challenge

Monday, Dec 4, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance is challenging you to submit your maintenance related innovations. An evaluation board comprised of maintenance subject matter experts will select six candidates to participate in the challenge during the 2017 DOD Maintenance Symposium, December 4-7, 2017.

Raise awareness in the maintenance community to available technologies, best business practices, and innovative maintenance processes, while engaging senior maintenance leaders in assessing and prioritizing promising technology to deliver innovative, agile and affordable maintenance capabilities.

The six finalists from the DoD Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) will present their available technologies, best business practices, and innovative maintenance processes to the maintenance community. Finalists will be selected from an evaluation board comprised of maintenance technology topic area matter experts from the Joint Technology Exchange Group and industry. The session’s aim is to raise awareness of the maintenance community to promising new innovations, encourage collaboration and unique partnerships towards developing these capabilities, and to reward those with the greatest potential. The overall winner will be selected by DoD’s senior maintenance leaders from the Maintenance Executive Steering Committee, the Joint Group on Depot Maintenance, and the Industrial Base Commanders Peer to Peer Group. The winner will be announced during the maintenance symposium plenary session and presented with the 2017 Maintenance Innovation Challenge trophy. Also, attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot to select the “Peoples’ Choice Award”, which will be presented along with the winner of the MIC during the plenary session.

Previous Great Ideas and Maintenance Innovation Challenge Winners Include:
  • 2016: Automated Large Standoff, Large Area Thermography (LASLAT) Inspection System For Naval Aviation Structures – Clint Salter, NAVAIR ISSC Cherry Point, NC and Maria Frendberg Beemer, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc.
  • 2015: USCG Aviation Bonded Material Inspection System - Rusty G. Waldrop, US Coast Guard
  • 2014: Laser Technology for Aerospace Maintenance and Sustainment Applications - Deb Naguy, United States Air Force
  • 2012: IFDIS – Expanding Role within the DoD Maintenance Enterprise - Ken Anderson, Universal Synaptics Corp.
  • 2011: Modernization of Metal Electroplating with No-Mask Conforming Anodes - George Cushnie, Advanced Tooling Corporation
  • 2010: Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) Ken Anderson, Universal Synaptics Corp
  • 2009: Bolt Securing System - Ms. Julie Pereyra, NORD-LOCK Inc.
  • 2008: 3FAST (Fast, Field Fluid Assessment Support Tools) - Commander Dave Scalf, JOAP