SBIR Phase I: OptDiverse: Innovative Technology to Enhance Workforce Diversity, Capabilities, and Performance

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637447
Agency Tracking Number: 0637447
Amount: $99,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: MI
Solitcitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
OptTek Systems, Inc.
1919 Seventh Street, St. Leon Industrial Park, Boulder, CO, 80302
Duns: 128005423
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fred Glover
 PhD
 (303) 447-3255
 glover@opttek.com
Business Contact
 Fred Glover
Title: PhD
Phone: (303) 447-3255
Email: glover@opttek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project seeks to design an algorithmic approach and develop pilot software to support workforce diversity planning and management. The technology will examine the cause and effect relationships between diversity policies and programs and individual employees, allowing for accurate prediction of company diversity metrics in future years. The system will also allow human resource professionals to select the optimal set of policies and programs required to meet their diversity objectives while minimizing total program costs. Many organizations are seeking ways to increase workforce diversity. Additionally, these same organizations are keenly interested in predicting the diversity of their future workforce. OptTek's proposed system will address both of these critical needs. In a market where organizations invest billions of dollars to create and maintain diverse workforces, the technology is expected to support more effective and efficient decisions.

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