Ed Metz is a developmental psychologist, education researcher, and a program manager of the U.S. Department of Education / Institute of Education Sciences’ Small Business Innovation Research program, a $13M annual ‘seed fund’ for the R&D, evaluation, commercialization of new education technology products. Millions of students and educators use products developed though ED/IES SBIR each year. Many products have been acquired and raised investments to enable scale up. Since 2013, Ed has produced the ED Games Expo, an annual showcase of game-changing education technology innovations developed across more than 50 programs in the U.S. government. The 9th Expo will occur the week of September 18, 2023, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Prior to IES, Ed performed research focusing on the impact of school-based service learning on student’s civic engagement. Ed is a former American Association for the Advancement of Science and Society for Research in Child Development (AAAS/SRCD) Executive Branch Fellow.