Key events this week

Besides having an abundance of politicians and lawyers, the Washington area is loaded with scientists who do their work at a plethora of government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, as well as at hospitals and universities. On Wednesday, Rockville Economic Development Inc . (REDI) plans to link 500 or so post-doctoral professionals with area companies that may be interested in using their skills and ideas for commercial ventures.

The all-day Post Doc Conference and Career Fair will offer workshops to help the science, technology, engineering and mathematics experts make the leap from academia to entrepreneurship.

“We’re trying to commercialize technology coming out of labs,” said Sally Sternbach, REDI’s executive director.

Moreover, officials from about 40 companies, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Medimmune and BAE, are slated to be on hand to talk about employment opportunities.

The session is scheduled to begin 8 a.m. at Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd. in Rockville.

Speaking of commercializing technology, the Washington area has also been a major player in the satellite industry. On Tuesday, the Northern Virginia Technology Council is holding a conference to discuss future business opportunities for the industry in light of the explosion of mobile technology.

Metropolitan Washington is home to numerous firms active in the satellite space, including Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and GeoEye. The conversation is likely to delve into the fastest growing opportunities for new networks, future demand for broadband and expansion of terrestrial services.

The session is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Sprint, 12524 Sunrise Valley Dr. in Reston.

Other events of note:


The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce is convening a panel of procurement specialists to discuss how women can win government set-aside contracts, slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Rd. in Alexandria.


Maryland procurement officers are discussing contracting opportunities at a session sponsored by the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp. , beginning at 9 a.m. at the group’s office at 1100 Mercantile Lane, Suite 115A, in Largo.


The Tech Council of Maryland is hosting a session outlining how contractors can bid to supply tens of millions of dollars’ worth of goods and services to the National Institutes of Health, starting at 8 a.m. at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd. in Bethesda.

The Washington-area alumni association of the George Mason University school of business is hosting a session on how firms doing business with the government will be affected by agencies’ shift to cloud computing, slated to begin at noon at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, 1430 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 300 in McLean.

— V. Dion Haynes