Mr. Schaper served as the Director of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) at the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Schaper has helped to secure Phase III funding for DoD SBIR small businesses and assisted in planning for small businesses technology transitions. Mr. Schaper later gained extensive technical expertise as a research technician, engineer, and program manager in various Navy laboratories and served as Deputy Program Manager for the Navy’s IR&D Program, Small Business Advocate for the Office of Naval Research and Navy SBIR Program Manager. In this capacity, he transformed the Navy SBIR program from a laboratory centric program to one that addresses the needs and requirements of the Navy. Mr. Schaper holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a M.S in Physical Metallurgy from New York University.