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Wyoming Award Winners

Champion Award Winners

The WSSI Champion Award recognizes significant contributions in furthuring the WSSI program and/or the SBIR/STTR program in general.

Congratulations to the WSSI Champion Award Winners listed below!


Congratulations to the following 2006 recipients of the WSSI Champion Award. All four award winners have shown exemplary support of the WSSI and SBIR/STTR programs through their mentoring, reviewing, and participation in other WSSI events.

Zackary Gray, Wyoming Silicon LLC of Sheridan
Zackary Gray has been the project coordinator on nine WSSI Phase 0 projects with three different companies. He has worked on project submissions to NIH, DOD, EPA, and NASA bringing in over $1.4 million in SBIR awards. He is currently completing two NASA Phase II projects and one NASA Phase I project with Big Horn Valve of Sheridan.

Jill Kline, Region 5 Director Wyoming Small Business Development Center
Jill Kline is known for the total professionalism she unfailingly exhibited in the performance, for the past seven years, of her responsibilities as WSSI Outreach Coordinator. She is the first person to hold that position and, with no established model to guide her, quickly established the high standards of performance that we have come to admire and respect.

Steven Turner, Analogic Engineering of Guernsey
Steven Turner has been awarded four WSSI Phase 0 awards and two SBIR Phase I awards, one with the USDA and one with the NSF. Steven has also contributed to Phase 0 and Phase I proposal submissions outside of his own company. He has received rave reviews on his mentoring activities and is always willing to assist the WSSI in achieving its goals.

Robert Viola, Square One Systems Design of Jackson
In just two years, 2004 and 2005, Robert authored six WSSI Phase 0 proposals - and all six received awards!! Subsequently, five of the resulting Phase I SBIR/STTR proposals received awards from the DoD, DOE and NIH. A $750,000 DoD Phase II award was also received in 2005, bringing the two year total awards to nearly $1.4 million.


Bob Corcoran, CC Technology Inc. of Laramie
Bob Corcoran is a co-founder and current Vice-President for research of CC Technology, in Laramie, Wyoming. CC Technology was founded in 1996 with the goal of developing analytical applications of Raman spectroscopy to environmental and biomedical problems. However, in recent years - and with the substantial help of the SBIR/STTR program - the company has branched out to the manufacture and marketing of Raman spectrometers under its DeltaNu brand name (

Kim Vincent, Elk Mountain Herbs of Laramie
Kim Vincent is one of the owners of Elk Mountain Herbs Inc in Laramie, Wyoming. The company, incorporated in 1994, specializes in herbal products made from Wyoming's medicinal plants. You can visit their website at

Charlotte Gruner, Pronghorn Scientific of Casper
Charlotte is currently working as an employee of RC Electronics, a company out of Santa Barbara, CA but is still PI on two NIH projects that originated through Pronghorn Scientific. Both projects are aimed at researchers of the academic market who use electrodes to record neurons in the brain.


Mike Petera
2003 Vice Chairman of the Wyoming Business Council (WBC) and founder/CEO of Voice Viewer, Inc. of Powell.
Mike has been a board member of the WBC since its inception in 1998 through 2003. He received the Champion Award in recognition of his vital role in helping to establish Wyoming's Phase 0 SBIR Program, widely acknowledged to be one of the most successful state SBIR initiatives in the country.


Dr. Dave Walrath
University of Wyoming Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Walrath has been an enthusiastic and diligent participant in a number of Wyoming SBIR projects including assisting three Wyoming small businesses in winning four SBIR grants. He has helped a number of other entrepreneurs in exploring SBIR funding opportunities and is a regular contributor to the administration of the Wyoming Phase 0 program. Dr. Walrath has also been recognized for his SBIR program contributions as a 2001 recipient of the Tibbetts Award.


Governor Jim Geringer
For his foresight and leadership in establishing the WSSI program and for guiding the enabling authorization through the state legislature.

Senator Mike Enzi
For his many past and continuing contributions as a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business, particularly for his significant efforts in maintaining the integrity of the program and in guiding it through a difficult reauthorization process.

Dr. Richard Anderson
National Science Foundation EPSCoR program.
For his leadership and vision in establishing and funding the pioneering Wyoming SBIR Initiative (WSI) to demonstrate that rural states can effectively compete in the SBIR program by an organized effort of outreach, mentoring, and encouragement.

Dr. Chris W. Busch
For his inspirational leadership and commitment, especially in professional and diligent one-on-one mentoring over the initial four years of the WSI and WSSI programs. Through his untiring efforts, the record of success of the WSSI has become legendary across the entire national SBIR/STTR community.

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