Accurate Automation Robert Pap to Lead Catalyst Workshop on Winning SBIR/STTR Grants and Host Business Basics Round Table

Robert Pap, founder, President, and Chairman of Accurate Automation Corporation, and member of the CELEST External Advisory and Scientific Review Board, will be holding a Business Basics Round Table from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Thursday February 9th, in the CELEST Meeting Room, 313, and running a workshop on winning SBIR/STTR grants from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Basement Classroom, B03. Both events will take place at CompNet, Boston University, 677 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02215.

Winning SBIR/STTR Grants

The SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop is the first of a series of lectures to be  hosted by the CELEST Catalyst aimed at bringing faculty, post docs, and students the knowledge and resources necessary to commercialize their research. Obtaining SBIR/STTR grants can be a great source of capital for both start-ups and existing small businesses looking to be involved in technological innovation. Refreshments will be provided.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

More information on both programs can be found at

Business Basics Round Table

The Business Basics Round Table will give attendees the opportunity to take advantage of Mr. Pap’s years of experience in running a technology and research driven company. Mr. Pap will be sharing personal stories and insights into the process of commercializing technology, as well as fielding questions and covering topics from the whole gauntlet of running and growing a small business.

Robert M. (Bob) Pap

Mr. Pap is the founder, President, and Chairman of Accurate Automation Corporation (AAC), a Chattanooga, TN based small business specializing in research and development in advanced aerospace, neural network technologies and plasma aerodynamics.  He is the principal investigator on several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts.  Under his most recent contract for the Navy, Mr. Pap is developing a method of controlling projectiles by selectively using plasma injectors to reduce aerodynamic drag.  Mr. Pap and his team developed the LoFLYTE® neural network advanced technology testbed aircraft for NASA and the Air Force.

Mr. Pap has over 35 years of experience working with computers, signal processing, mathematics, and neural networks.  He is a co-author of the Handbook of Neural Computing Applications, as well as over 150 technical publications and presentations. He has presented short courses on neural network technology for NASA and the Navy.

Before founding Accurate Automation, Mr. Pap was President of Advanced Automation Concepts, which developed and manufactured energy management and process control systems.  Mr. Pap was also a founder and Vice President of Automated Logic Corporation, where he developed automation systems for the television industry. At the Singer Company, Mr. Pap was a manager of automation systems including energy management, process control and point of sale systems. At Lockheed he was a program manager responsible for the design of air traffic control systems and flight control systems. At NASA Goddard Space Flight Center he created models of Earth’s upper atmosphere.