HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — TechLink, the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary, today announced the addition of Dr. Russ Alexander to help drive the growth and development of industry partnerships at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal.
Alexander, who was most recently the Army’s chief technology transfer officer at the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), will continue to create high-value collaboration by matching industry partners with all of the DoD labs at Redstone Arsenal.
The arsenal is also home to the Army Materiel Command, Army Aviation and Missile Command, Army Space and Missile Defense Command, DoD’s Missile Defense Agency, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
AMRDEC is the Army’s focal point for aviation and missile research and has 3.1 million square feet of lab space at Redstone Arsenal. And with a staff of about 9,500, AMRDEC is the base’s largest employer.
Alexander, who is also an industrial and systems engineer, has over 30 years of experience with defense laboratories, starting in 1984 when he was a quality and reliability engineering intern for the Army Materiel Command.
While at AMRDEC, Alexander negotiated cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) that brought in an annual average of $1.5 million in industry funds, managed testing agreements worth $3 million per year, and marketed the lab’s growing patent portfolio.
“Over his long career with the Army, Russ has really excelled at tech transfer,” said Brett Cusker, associate director of defense programs for TechLink. “He has technical know-how, understands the needs of manufacturers and private firms, and is uniquely experienced in facilitating valuable partnerships between industry and labs.”
TechLink is a DoD-funded center headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, with a national tech transfer mandate. TechLink’s staff of licensing professionals work with defense laboratories across the nation to facilitate CRADAs and market their inventions to small businesses.
“I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to continue supporting tech transfer at Redstone and I look forward to contributing my abilities to TechLink,” Alexander said.
For more information about forming research and technology partnerships at Redstone Arsenal, contact Russ Alexander at RussAlexander@montana.edu or 256-876-8743.