• Reminder: Register for the All-Member meeting on December 2nd

    Reminder – if you haven’t done so, please register now for our next All-Member meeting on December 2nd, 5pm, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  After the meeting, please plan to stay for a court-side reception at the Mad Ants basketball game. We’ve invited STEM students and faculty reps from local universities as well. This is a great opportunity to meet local talent and build a talent pipeline for your company!

    Register at the link below:


  • NIDIA IN-3 Lunch-n-Learn Cancelled / All-Member meeting 2 December

    All – just a reminder that our lunch-n-learn that was previously planned for this week has been cancelled. Our next meeting is the All Member meeting on December 2 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The link to register for the 2 December meeting is below –



  • Letter from the chair – NIDIA All-Member meeting

    NIDIA members – Please plan to attend our next All-Member meeting on December 2nd, 5pm, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  You can also register at the link provided below. After the meeting, please plan to stay for a courtside reception at the Mad Ants basketball game to network and meet the speakers. We’ve lined up three excellent speakers for our meeting.

    Steve Lutz entered the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer in 1971 after graduating from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.  He served worldwide on Active Duty in a variety of positions/ duties, including commanding a Field Artillery Battalion during Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia/ Iraq.   Steve retired from the Army in 2000 – taking a position with the Raytheon Company in Fort Wayne – where he served as a Program Manager for 3 military software development efforts (Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems – AFATDS;  US Navy Destroyer DDX 1000;  Special Operations “Dragonfire” Series Radio/ Network).   He retired from Raytheon in July 2013, and remains active in the Fort Wayne Community

    Major General Omer C. (Clif) Tooley Jr. serves as president of defense development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, appointed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in 2019. In this role, he is responsible for growing Indiana’s defense industry by promoting the state’s defense assets, assisting in business development, and attracting and supporting defense-related industry partnerships and activities under the direction of Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

    Brian D. Peterson was named Vice President, Supply Chain Management in October of 2015.  Since being employed with AM General, he has held the positions of Executive Director Supply Management, Director Supply Management, Senior Manager Indirect Supply Management and Manager Purchasing Systems and Sub-Contracts.  In his current responsibilities, he establishes the current and long-range supply chain objectives, plans, and policies, for all procurement activities.  He leads a supply chain department responsible for satisfying requirements that support both the U.S. Government and commercial entities.

    Register at the link below:


  • TechFest 2019 High School STEM Event on Nov 22

    Techfest is November 22. This is a Fort Wayne community outreach for high school students. It doesn’t cost anything for a company to have a booth at the career fair. This provides students the opportunity to see all the great companies in our area that hire people with STEM degrees.

    It’s easy to go register online for a booth.  http://www.neitechfest.com/.

    NIDIA is a sponsor for this great event. Raytheon, USSI, and BAE are some of the companies that currently participate. The Northeast Indiana region needs YOUR help if we are going to attract, train, and retain our top young talent to fill local jobs, especially in technology, IT, digital marketing, manufacturing, and healthcare!

    We are hosting more than 600 high school students from more than 20 regional high schools to spend a full day with us, 8am to 3pm, experiencing:

    • Seven inter-school tech competitions to win the coveted “TechFest Cup” for their school (website design, forensics, network assembly Challenge, more)
    • A huge “Career & College Expo”, with 30+ employers, start-ups, universities, and colleges showing off their cool stuff and why Northeast Indiana ROCKS!
    • 10 different educational breakout sessions on how to start a new business, improve your interviewing skills, write a killer resume, and project management, and more…
    • -A Compelling keynote speaker “Extreme Interview Makeovers” – A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have experts coach and guide students on how to fix their first impression and interview better.

    We NEED YOU to fill our College & Career Expo – Join us in providing information to students of Northeast Indiana on where to get their education and to find STEM careers in their own backyard. There is no booth charge! The expo will run from 8:00 am till 1:00 pm on the day of the event. Each student receives points for every expo booth they visit so plan on being very busy. You may just find your next star student, intern, or employee!

    Join us, PLEASE!

  • DEF Bloomington Presents: NavalX Seaside Chat in Indianapolis

    New event from DEF Bloomington featuring the NavalX on Wednesday, October 16th at Dallara IndyCar Factory at 5:30 PM. This event features the newly launched NavalX Midwest Tech Bridge and veteran entrepreneurs and their stories. Come join us for a chance to learn more and meet other virtuous insurgents! Tickets are free, as well as hors d’oeuvres and open bar.

    For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/def-bloomington-presents-navalx-seaside-chat-in-indianapolis-tickets-75244581569


    NAVALX – Seaside chat discussing the Midwest Tech Bridge and what it means for the Midwest Defense Community.

    The chat will be followed by a panel discussion from our six veteran entrepreneurs hailing from various places in the Midwest. They will touch on their time in their respective branches of the military to overcome the trials, tribulations, and bureaucracy, that ultimately led them to be the successful entrepreneurs they are today.

    Featured speakers include:

    • Monica Hutchins, Regional Director, NavalX Midwest Tech Bridge
    • Sara Hamidovic, Founder and President, VET Engineering
    • Dennis Wikoff, President, Vertex Solutions
    • Dan Marion, Chief Marketing Officer, JJR Solutions
    • Tony Vespa, Founder of Vespa Group
    • Scott Hargate, Department of Navy Intrepreneur/NavalX
    • Rich Banta, Lifeline Data.

    The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of problem solvers in the military, government and private sector that work together to increase innovation and support disruptive thinkers in the national security space. The mission of DEF is “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn.

    If you are a military member, work in government, are an entrepreneur focused on national security, or find the idea of helping solve tough problems enticing, then DEF’s monthly Drink & Thinks are a great way to learn more.