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Press Release 95-41


Lori J. Rachul
(Bus: 216/433-8806)


CLEVELAND, OH -- NASA Lewis Research Center has initiated the Commercial Technology (CommTech) Consultants program to support the technological needs of non-aerospace companies. The program aims to establish one to two-year supporting relationships between companies and Lewis scientists and engineers (S&E's).

The annual CommTech program is national in scope and targets companies in the Surface Transportation, Environmental and Biomedical industries. NASA Lewis scientists and engineers are exploring potential areas of collaboration with 73 companies in 21 states throughout the United States.

"The program will systematically increase and track NASA Lewis' involvement with non-aerospace companies in three industries and respond directly to their (long-range) technological needs," said Gary Horsham, CommTech program manager and member of the NASA Lewis Office of Commercial Development.

In fiscal year 1995, Lewis S&E's will perform limited, no-cost demonstrations of their technologies and capabilities to interested and high-potential companies. Companies are expected to financially support their interests if potential commercial applicability is apparent.

To date, about 25 Lewis S&E's have initiated technical-level discussions with companies in the states of Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin.

For information concerning the CommTech program, please call Doreen Zudell at 216/433-2888.

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More information about NASA Lewis' Technology Transfer programs is available online.


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