Bob Fielder has helped secure over $35M in contract R&D funding through SBIR/STTR, BAA, NRA, RIF, and commercial projects over the past 12 years, establishing an exceptional track record of success. He founded TechOpp Consulting in 2009 to help small businesses secure R&D funding and commercialize their technologies. At TechOpp Consulting, he serves as President and Principal Consultant.
Prior to TechOpp Consulting, Bob was with Luna Innovations, Inc., for 9 years, where he served as the Director of the Optical Systems Group, building and leading a team of 25 researchers, including 9 Ph.Ds., with an annual budget of approximately $6M. While at Luna, Bob set a high bar at winning contract R&D funding and established and led proposal development training and best practices that were adopted company-wide. He created and set strategic goals, established a strong technology pipeline, led cutting-edge research, and transitioned new technologies to products. His research and development group was focused on optics technology including fiber-optic sensors, imaging, and nanophotonics. Bob has over 30 publications in the area of optics and related applications.
Bob started his career in the U.S. Navy where he served for 9 years as a “Nuke” on subs. Here he developed keen leadership skills in the demanding environment of fast-attack submarine service. They don’t call it “Fast Attack Tough” for nothing. His nuclear background also directly led to numerous successful programs related to nuclear energy within the DOE and NASA.
Bob has a Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Cum Laude, from Virginia Tech.