Energy Companies to get expert advice from NASA

Applications now being accepted for program

CLEVELAND, Ohio, May 8, 2018 – Team NEO today announced that they are teaming up with NASA’s Glenn Research Center and partners to help Northeast Ohio advanced energy companies grow.

Energy companies that can benefit from NASA’s expertise are invited to apply at by May 28. Applicants need to have a technical challenge, that once solved, will generate revenue for their business and create additional jobs for the Northeast Ohio area.

Selected companies will be invited to attend a day-long event, TechConnect, at Case Western Reserve University in August. In addition to receiving eight hours of consultation, companies will receive the opportunity to apply for an additional 32 hours of consultation during the event.

“This program has been conducted throughout the state for a number of years with successful outcomes,” said Bill Hagstrand, Team NEO senior director, Innovation and Industry. “For example, Catacel Corporation, manufacturers of high-heat transfer catalysts for hydrogen and syngas production, sought a solution for a complex flow pattern for their Stackable Structural Reactor (SSR) at the 2014 program. With the help of NASA engineers, they were able to narrow down the problem to two possibilities and find a solution within the first hour.”

“NASA Glenn Research Center is pleased to partner with Team NEO and America Makes,’’ added Laurie Stauber, NASA’s Regional Economic Development Program Manager (acting). “Our TechConnect events with organizations in the Midwest have been successful in solving challenges proposed by small, medium and large companies who need assistance with in-house technical issues. Glenn’s subject matter experts provide a unique perspective in helping with these challenges, with the goal of developing new jobs and improving the economy. “

Companies must be a U.S. owned company located in the Northeast Ohio region. For additional information companies can visit where they can download a flyer and link to the application.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio’s residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate, accelerates the impact of innovation in the region, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region.

Team NEO is part of the robust Northeast Ohio Economic Development System, providing business decision-makers with access to customized solutions that mitigate risk, foster innovation and accelerate growth through a connected and collaborative ecosystem. For more information, visit