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SBIH (Small Business innovation Hub)

Delivering Innovation to Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC)

R&D Expertise


Melissa K. Dobson, CEO
Gerald Goodfellow, President
Jerome DuBose, Advisor
Jeff Fortenberry, CPA
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Melissa Dobson

Ms. Dobson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of SEII. She has worked within the private and not-for-profit sectors serving in capacities such as Strategic Advisor for Healthway United Co., Executive Innovation Officer at Louisiana Tech University, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, Associate General Counsel, IP & Innovation at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Senior Corporate Counsel at General Electric Company. Recognizing the importance of leadership in large and small business, and the significance of intellectual property in driving innovative solutions, Ms. Dobson provides oversight and strategic advisement as to technology modification(s) and business alignment with funding opportunities for businesses large and small across private and federal sectors.

While focusing legal management practices in business and intellectual property, addressing cross-border legal issues at national and international levels, Ms. Dobson assists individuals, academia, small and large businesses in connecting with the appropriate resources in industry and government. She holds bar licensure with the United States Supreme Court, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the States of New York and Louisiana.

Most recently, Ms. Dobson’s endeavors in the private medical enterprise and the digital transformation of medicine within Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), Department of Defense (DoD) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been appropriately aligned with COVID-19 initiatives as well as supporting digital combat medical needs.

Formerly recognized with outstanding leadership as Senior Counsel with General Electric Company, Global Research and Healthcare, Ms. Dobson has remained connected with large corporate enterprises, medical institutions, and government agencies in technology fields ranging from medical devices, healthcare digitization, software development and licensing, to inspection technologies, aviation, defense, and cybersecurity. Ms. Dobson supports business transactions, government contracts, joint developments, licensing, app development, sourcing, and acquisitions. She has facilitated investigations and compliance initiatives across functionalities including cybersecurity. Further expertise of Ms. Dobson lies in IP (patent, TM, copyright) monetization, IP strategic growth, product clearance, litigation and negotiations globally.”


Gerald Goodfellow

Gerald Goodfellow, Brigadier General (retired) US Air Force, is the President of the Southeast Innovation Institute. Prior to co-founding the Southeast Innovation Institute, Goodfellow served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Tech Research Institute and the Director of Technology Innovation at Louisiana Tech University.

Goodfellow is a 30-year Air Force Veteran who, in his last active duty military job, served as the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements at Air Force Global Strike Command located at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. In this position he was responsible for strategic planning, and for resourcing the nation's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile force, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, UH-1N helicopters, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center Aircraft, and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) systems.

Goodfellow has earned three Masters degrees. A Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, he is a graduate of numerous executive education programs to include: the Capstone General and Flag Officer Course at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., the Public Policy Seminar at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., the Leadership Enhancement Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., and the Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Goodfellow spent much of his career educating and training military members and civilians. He served as a professor of strategy and planning at the U.S. Army War College where he instructed Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Officers, as well as senior U.S. Government Civilians. He’s also served as the Commander and Commandant, at the United States Air Force Squadron Officer College. As a Brigadier General he served as the Director of the Nuclear Enterprise at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), where he oversaw many aspects of the Nation’s Nuclear force, to include the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, which teaches over 170 courses to approximately 30,000 military members and security-cleared civilians each year. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS), which is located on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. WOS is dedicated to developing the skills of untapped talent from underserved communities through partnerships with organizations committed to diversifying their workforce.

Goodfellow has vast experience educating and training military members for nuclear and conventional warfare. He served as a B-1 Bomber Operations Group Commander where he directed the education, development, and training required of B-1 Bomber Pilots and Weapon Systems Officers to fly combat missions throughout the world. As a Wing Commander, he directed the education, training, and qualification of United States Air Force Instructor Pilots, future Fighter Pilots, Combat Systems Officers, and Unmanned Aerial Systems Pilots and Sensor Operators. Additionally, he was in charge of all flying and parachute training at the United States Air Force Academy.

Goodfellow is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat. For the same combat mission, he also received the General Ira C. Eaker Award for the “Outstanding Single Feat of Military Airmanship.” He also holds the World-Record for the “Fastest Non-stop Flight Around-the-World,” which he flew in a B-1 Bomber. For this World-Record flight, he was awarded the Air Force’s top aerial achievement award, the Mackay Trophy, which is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., for the “Most Meritorious Aerial Flight of the Year.”


Jerome Dubose

Mr. DuBose is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant with over 30 years of operational and strategic level leadership experience. He has knowledge and expertise in Continual Process Improvement (CPI), Business Strategy, Roadmap development, Strategic Change Management, and Business Process Reengineering (BPR). Jerome's strong track record of streamlining operations and improving services while preserving the highest quality levels have helped him develop and share leadership traits with other professionals, middle-tier management, and senior-level executives.

Jerome's professional education accomplishments are extensive; he has several two-year degrees and earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, emphasizing management. He holds Masters Degrees in Leadership and Management and Business Administration. Jerome completed executive education programs at Cornell University in Business Strategy, Change Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Executive Healthcare Leadership, and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University.

In his last assignment in the Air Force, he served as the Regional Director of Emergency Management (EM), Headquarters Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. In this role, he was responsible for EM planning (i.e., Hurricanes, tornado, flood, and pandemics) and response procedures for eight military installations across the country, coordinating with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. He also worked at the Air Force Nuclear Command, Control, and Communication (NC3) Center, where he created Air Force level NC3 enterprise modernization options and was pivotal in developing roadmap strategies for implementation.


Mr. Fortenberry has worked in private and non-profit businesses over the last 23 years in various accounting roles including Chief Financial Officer and Financial Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Management, as well as, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana (ULL).

After graduating from LSU in 1997, Jeff started working for C & C Technologies, Inc, an international survey company. At C & C, Jeff operated as a liaison between accounting and operations, and was ultimately responsible for financial statements, offline managerial reporting for the board of directors and managing a software development team to design and implement a corporate ERP software.

After 10 years of working for C & C, Jeff became CFO for a large commercial construction company located in Lafayette, LA. As the CFO, Jeff was responsible for supervising treasury, performing financial analysis, cash management and financial reporting. Additionally, Jeff also managed the company’s human resources, benefits and all corporate insurance policies.

In 2013, Mr. Fortenberry, along with a business partner, started Triad Construction Services to provide commercial construction services throughout the United States. His roles within the company expanded in 2014 when they opened a sister company, Triad Energy Services. This company initially focused on providing transportation services to the oil & gas industry in North Dakota but pivoted into the disaster recovery industry several years later. Jeff’ provided accounting and management support for this company and quickly learned how to implement protocols to stay in compliance with the DOT and DOA.

Mr. Fortenberry currently serves as a consulting CPA for Southeast Innovation Institute (SEII) to provide financial support to the non- profit entity. Additionally, Jeff’s business experience in administration allows SEII to lean on him for guidance as the company grows.


Uniting industry, government, and the science and technology community through innovative collaboration.


The Southeast Innovation Institute (SEII) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 research institute that performs applied contract research, development, testing and evaluation for government and industry clients. SEII develops solutions to deliver on contracts and programs, facilitating collaboration specifically for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SEII houses the Small Business Innovation Hub (SBIH) that aligns directly with the United States Air Force (USAF) to deliver solutions with STRIKEWERX for Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Together, we align technical and research solutions across our networks with commercial and defense markets to create leadership in innovation for our U.S. military to better defend our nation.

Client Services

  • Business Solutions: Commercialization & Business Planning

  • Education & Training

  • Aviation/Transportation

  • Biomedical

  • Chemistry & Materials

  • Defense & Security

  • Space

  • Automation & Digital translation (Software and app development)

  • Manufacturing/Construction

  • Energy & Environment



SEII is an independent and nonprofit that performs applied contract research, development, testing and evaluation for government and industry clients. We develop solutions to tackle your contract project and make connections to enable designated funding opportunities for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. We encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) funding to further technology commercialization.

Delivering services to structure your business, reduce liabilities and facilitate compliance:

  • Secretary of State Filings (Corp. vs. LLC)

  • Government registrations: DUNS, SAMS, etc.

  • Solicitation identification and Proposal submissions

  • Compliance (FCPA, Regulatory statues, FCC, etc.)

  • Cyber and ATO (Authority to Operate) and consultation

  • Contract drafting, review, negotiation

  • Subcontract management

  • Reporting and Deliverables

  • Compliance and Accounting


SEII leads technology consortiums globally across large and small industry. Our competitive advantage partners identified government needs with private industry solutions to create the best and most outstanding technology solutions across the globe. In collaborating, we facilitate Intellectual Property protections to allow companies to fully monetize their technology capabilities. Please contact us for further information.

The following companies have agreed to work in collaboration to collaborate and deliver technology solutions to further innovation in federal and private sectors.

Company NameCapabilities (Will be revised based on LOIs)
Advanced Aero ServicesAviation Engineering and Maintaince, Repair & Overhaul (MRO)
Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions (AGS)Geopolymers, concrete, materials
AsteriData analytics and entertainment networks
Balanced Media Technology (BMT)Data-processing and distributed computing technology that executes machine-learning algorithms coupled with human-guided interactions, data analytics
BE Associates (NY)Intellectual Property innovation, strategic technology commercialization
BioBarrierbiocidal coatings; chemistry applications, including corrosion resistant applications
CHeKTSecurity technology solutions
CyberReefMobile Cyber Security
Digitas LLC (CA)Physician decision support
Eagle3D Laser Scanning and Reality Capture, 2D to 3D conversion, Licensed Professional Engineering, SMB
EpiFocusNeuroscientific datamining
Innolyzer LabsLab, testing, hydrogen sulfide detection, biotechnology
Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI)Providing innovative programs, intellectual capital and responsive support towards expansion of a knowledge-based workforce throughout the region
McClinton & RoyFederal procurement regulations & Government Contracting
Metro AviationAir medical operator, helicopter MRO, training and certification
OleoLiveLab, testing, oleocanthal production, biotechnology
OuterlinkFirst responder communications provider - Voice, text, satellite tracking
PraesesIT solutions developer
Workforce Opportunity ServicesWorkforce procurement
Grind CapitalVenture Firm
CaltechAcademic Institution
Columbia Univ (Center of Technology Management) - NYAcademic Institution
Grambling UniverstityAcademic Institution
Louisiana TechAcademic Institution
Louisiana State University ShreveportAcademic Institution
NorthwesternAcademic Institution
University of Louisiana LafayetteAcademic Institution
University of Louisiana MonroeAcademic Institution
Century LinkIT solutions, networking and communications, 5G/Telecom, Edge, Cyber, OTT (AR/VR/MR/XR), Cloud, DevSecOps
Duke UniversityAcademic Institution
Louisiana State University A&MAcademic Institution
Johns Hopkins Advanced Physics LabAcademic Institution
Nicholls State UniversityAcademic Institution
Brigham Young UniversityAcademic Institution
University of IllinoisAcademic Institution
Washington University in St. LouisAcademic Institution
Radiance TechnologiesCyber, Modeling/SIM, AI
OracleCloud, Edge, AI/ML
Origin Bancorp"Publicly Traded Bank with Louisiana HQ - Knowledge Management, Blockchain, Cyber, AI/ML"
Red River Bank"Publicly Traded Bank with Louisiana HQ - Knowledge Management, Blockchain, Cyber, AI/ML"
Entergy"Electric/Power, 5G/Telecom, Edge, Cyber, OTT (AR/VR/MR/XR), Cloud, DevSecOps"
Centerpoint Energy"Gas/Power, 5G/Telecom, Edge, Cyber, OTT (AR/VR/MR/XR), Cloud, DevSecOps"
GDITInformation Technology
L3 HarrisNetwork Hardware, Telecommunications, AI/ML, AR/VR/XR
Lacerta Life SciencesBioTech
ExxonOil and Gas
Epic GamesTraining/SIM
IBMCyber, Modeling/SIM, AI
Precision Procurement SolutionsTechnology Scout/Cybersecurity (CMMC, DFARS, NIST)
Ingalls Information SecurityCybersecurity
Crossmark Management GroupBack office management services to include financial, accounting, and business consulting services
Carastone, LLPSecurities law/VC law
MinervaAI, Blockchain, Knowledge Managment
Traction JEDI TechnologiesAR/VR, Gaming, Training/SIM
King Crow StudiosAR/VR, Gaming, Training/SIM
3D MediaAR/VR, Gaming, Training/SIM
Digital Twin StudiosAR/VR, Gaming, Training/SIM
KinemagicAR/VR, Gaming, Training/SIM
Organic NanoAdvanced Materials/Nanotechnology
Nano Medicine R&DBiomed/Nanotech
Neuro Analytic SolutionsAR/VR-mental health
Digital CargoSupply Chain/Logistics, Process Automation
VinformatixAI/ML, Training/SIM
VS MerlotAI, Process Automation/SIM
YOUR6AI, Talent Management
3DataDigital Twin, AI
General GenomicsMedTech, Genetic Sequencing
Cell Surgical NetworkBioMed/STEM Cell
Xcellent LifeMedTech
Orion InnovationsAI/ML
Intact PartnersDevSecOps
Ascend Manufacturing"Advanced Materials/Advanced Manufacturing/Industrial 3D printing"
University Technical Services"Sensors/GPS denied navigation/Autonomous
Louisiana Technology Transfer Office (LTTO)Partnerships between Louisiana Businesses, Federal Labs, and university/research institutions
Louisiana Economic Development (LED)Responsible for strengthening the state's business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy
Louisiana Dept of Veterans Affairs (LDVA)Provides comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana's Veterans and their families
National Defense Innovation Association (NDIA)Invests in professional growth of the defense industry personnel and provides professional development courses
Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA)A professional association that connects people, ideas and solutions globally
Louisiana Technology ParkA hub for technology development in Louisiana. Created to drive economic development and job creation by providing high-tech startups with the resources to bring their products and services to market faster and more effectively
MITAcademic Institution
Skyrunner LLC (LA)"Flying cars"/ ORBs
Southern University ShreveportAcademic Institution
NSIN at South Dakota School of Minds and Technology 
Bimle Management LLCPTSD and mental health technology
Healthway United Co. (DE)Health Data Analytics platform (AI driven dashboards) PAAS/SAAS for patient and provider decision support
STRADA BAY LLC (NH)Engineering technologies (drone, pilot and rescue tools)

SBIH: Small Business Innovation Hub

The Small Business Innovation Hub (SBIH) is a division of SEII that has a collaborative partnership with Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) to focus on delivering technology solutions for the United States Air Force, and specifically directly to AFGSC.

SEII enables the direct networking and sponsorship of technology solutions here to better enable the US Air Force to defend the nation.

R&D Expertise

Business Development, Intellectual Property (IP) Monetization, and Technology Commercialization to create market opportunity by providing:

  • Business development & market planning

  • Research as to potential markets and futures

  • Technology Commercialization development (private & public)

  • Valuation of IP and/or product(s); company valuation

  • Program management: subcontract project management, R&D

  • Facilitating networking and collaboration to identify government sponsor, specific to government agency solicitations, government customers and end-users

  • Partnering with Industry and Academia to engage digitally and innovatively

  • Prototype development (i.e., manufacturing)