Mr. Nelson is responsible for establishing the strategy and securing the resources necessary to grow Adventium’s reputation as a nationally recognized research and development laboratory. Since becoming CEO in 2010, Mr. Nelson has streamlined operations and established infrastructure to support future growth, invested in employee development and well-being, and initiated a strategy to accelerate the transfer of Adventium’s technology to practical use. Significant achievements include contract awards on highly competitive AFRL, DARPA, and DHS programs, numerous SBIR projects, including a $24 million Phase III SBIR IDIQ from the Air Force Research Lab, and a growing portfolio of over a dozen issued or pending U.S. and international patents.
These efforts have resulted in a spinoff company, called Andamio Games, to commercialize results of an NIH-funded SBIR, virtualized security technology development for the Air Force that led to a 2014 Tibbetts award, a service-based business to conduct vulnerability assessments, and development of several technologies being released under open source licenses.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Nelson's technology-related accomplishments at Adventium include innovations on an NIH-funded effort to enable the elderly to safely reside in their homes. This work led to a commercialized product called e-Neighbor, based on issued and pending patents, and resulted in a royalty-based revenue stream for Adventium. For NASA, he supported development of a patented system-level tool called SLATE that provides the user with a means to reason about system-level properties for verification and validation of complex cyber and physical systems. Mr. Nelson has supported numerous other technical programs for customers including DARPA, AFRL, NSF, and others.
Prior to joining Adventium, Mr. Nelson spent 14 years at Honeywell’s corporate research laboratories serving in both business and technical roles. He served as Manager of the Honeywell Labs Business Development department and was awarded the Business Development Top Performer award for his efforts on a successful multi-division rotorcraft avionics pursuit. His Honeywell technical roles involved work in mixed-initiative decision support, multi-agent systems, maintenance and diagnostics, and human centered systems.
Mr. Nelson is active in STEM initiatives including volunteering as a First Lego League team coach and First Robotics Competition team mentor in the Minneapolis school district. He has served on review panels for the National Science Foundation and on the board of advisors for the Center for Strategic Information Technology and Security (a consortium consisting of Minneapolis Community Technical College, Inver Hills Community College, and Metropolitan State University). He has two issued patents and two pending.