NASA Receives Six National Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards at 2011 Annual Conference
NASA was honored for its technology transfer achievements by the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) at the organization’s national meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on May 5, 2011. The honors included four national awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer, the FLC award for Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional, and as a member of a team receiving the FLC national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Award. As part of these awards, there were 17 individuals specifically named and each received a letter of congratulations from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. The award recipients by category and Center include:
- Excellence in Technology Transfer. NASA received four FLC national awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer, including one each for Glenn Research Center and Johnson Space Center, and two for Langley Research Center.
- Inflatable Radome Antenna System. NASA Glenn Research Center
Three individuals at or affiliated with Glenn Research Center (Dr. Robert Romanofsky, Dr. Kevin Lambert, Mr. Paul Gierow) were recognized for collaboration in the development of an inflatable and deployable communication antenna system for future spacecraft missions and adapted for disaster relief efforts and military operations. For more information:
- Robonaut 2. NASA Johnson Space Center
Two recipients from the Johnson Space Center (Mr. Ron Diftler from Johnson Space Center, Mr. Marty Linn from General Motors) were recognized for the design of a humanoid robot/Robonaut 2 in partnership with General Motors for aerospace applications and automotive manufacturing. For more information:
- Portable Infrasonic Detection System. NASA Langley Research Center
Two recipients (Dr. Qamar Shams, Dr. Allan Zuckerwar) from Langely Research Center were recognized for development and transfer of a portable infrasonic detection system used in measuring atmospheric events including microbursts, hurricanes, and clear air turbulence. For more information:
- Safe Wireless Fluid-Level Measuring System. NASA Langley Research Center
Four individuals (Dr. Stanley Woodard, Mr. Bryant Taylor, Ms. Katthy Dezern, Ms. Robin Edwards) from Langley were recognized for development and transfer of a safe wireless fluid level measuring system eliminating the risk of fuel or combustible fuel vapors coming in contact with any system components. For more information:
- Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional:
This national FLC award was given to the Innovativative Partnerships Program Office Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The award specifically identified five individuals (Ms. Nona Cheeks, Mr. Darryl Mitchell, Mr. Bryan Geurts from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ms. Connie Chang and Mr. Dean Becker, Ocean Tomo) for the innovative approach to licensing, using an auction format to highlight NASA Goddard Space Flight Center patents available for licensing. For more information:
- STEM Award. This award was given to an interagency team of NIH, NIST and NASA for their work on a 2010 STEM Post-Doc Conference. The award specifically identified Mr. John Emond, Innovative Partnership Office, Office of Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters, for his involvement in the Post-Doc Conference and Career Fair. This is an annual forum designed to help post-doctorate fellows primarily in the Washington metro region of Maryland, Washington DC, and northern Virginia, currently engaged in federal research and development laboratories and nearing their term of employment, to continue their career growth through a combination of panel sessions and a career fair with companies based in the Washington metro area. For more information:
The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) is a national organization chartered by Congress to foster technology transfer from federal research labs to other agencies, state/local government and economic development organizations, academia, and the private sector and in so doing, aid the national economy. As part of its mission, the FLC recognizes laboratories and employees who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring federally developed technology to the marketplace.
To learn more about the FLC visit www.federallabs.org.