Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) Call for Innovations

Deadline for Innovations: Friday, September 29, 2017

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance is challenging you to submit your maintenance related innovations. An evaluation board comprised of maintenance subject matter experts will select six candidates to participate in the challenge during the 2017 DOD Maintenance Symposium, December 4-7, 2017. As an added feature, the audience will have the opportunity to select the 2017 Maintenance Innovation Challenge People’s Choice award from the six finalists presenting.

2017 MIC Information

Submitting for the Maintenance Innovation Challenge

  1. Download the MIC Abstract Form and Quad Chart template
  2. Complete and submit your MIC documents here
  3. Confirmation emails will be sent throughout the process
  4. Finalists will be announced in early October



Previous Great Ideas and Maintenance Innovation Challenge Winners Include:

  • 2016:  Large Area Thermographic NDI of Composite Structures – Clint Salter, NAVAIR and Maria Beemer, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc.
  • 2015: USCG Aviation Bonded Material Inspection System – Rusty G. Waldrop, US Coast Guard
  • 2014: Laser Technology for Aerospace Maintenance and Sustainment Applications – Deb Naguy, United States Air Force
  • 2012: IFDIS – Expanding Role within the DoD Maintenance Enterprise – Ken Anderson, Universal Synaptics Corp.
  • 2011: Modernization of Metal Electroplating with No-Mask Conforming Anodes – George Cushnie, Advanced Tooling Corporation
  • 2010: Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) Ken Anderson, Universal Synaptics Corp
  • 2009: Bolt Securing System – Ms. Julie Pereyra, NORD-LOCK Inc.
  • 2008: 3FAST (Fast, Field Fluid Assessment Support Tools) – Commander Dave Scalf, JOAP