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Events Description

This inaugural pitch competition highlighted the best student research conducted at Air University in academic year 2019. Candidates were selected by MGMWERX and Air University staff and were given the opportunity to pitch live in front of a judges’ panel of military and industry experts.

The judges’ panel of four military and industry experts included, General Anthony Cotton commander of Air University, Mr. David Shahady from SBIR and Tech Warrior Program, Mr. Paavo Hanninen from Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Alabama, and Ms. Likia Hawkins the President and Chief Executive Officer Steel Point Solutions, LLC.

Event Outcomes

  • Maj. Alexander Criss, a student at the U.S. Air Force’s Air University School of Advanced Air and Space Studies earned first place in academic research for 2019 during the Top Flight Pitch Night hosted by MGMWERX.
  • Judge David Shahady offered a $1.5 million commitment for a direct to Phase II SBIR topic for Maj. Alexander Criss’ pitch for “Tired of Flying: The Unmitigated Risk of Aircrew Fatigue”
  • Pitch Night candidate, Casey Hawkins, was recently awarded Small Business Innovation Research’s (SBIR) Phase 1 Award for presentation on “Environmentally-Friendly Green Solutions for Metal Surface Preparation.”