SAN DIEGO – Four staff from a U.S. Navy laboratory were honored Tuesday with the Pentagon’s top award for promoting economic development and collaborative relationships with industry and academia.
Annie Bullock, Jenna Dix, Brooke Pyne, and Kelly Stephens received the 2018 George Linsteadt Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer during the Department of Defense’s 22nd annual workshop for technology transfer professionals. The award was presented by Dr. Jagadeesh Pamulapati, director of the Laboratories Office in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense.
The four colleagues work in the Office of Research and Technology Applications at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. They specialize in transferring patented inventions developed by the lab’s scientists and engineers to commercial enterprises for development into new products and services for civilian or military customers.
In the last three years, the warfare center’s number of active patent license agreements with businesses has grown 111 percent.
“This award is special for me, it’s a reflection of the phenomenal team we have,” said Pyne, who leads the office as NSWC-Crane’s tech transfer program manager.
Pyne said that their office’s teamwork had also led to 57 percent growth in the lab’s patent portfolio, i.e., inventions from the lab that can be licensed by industry, and 97 cooperative research and development agreements, which represent a 300 percent increase over the same time period.
Dix, tech transfer agreements administrator, negotiates, drafts, monitors, and executes partnership agreements for the lab. Bullock, tech transfer and intellectual property program support, extracts inventions from the lab’s scientists and engineers and analyzes them for dual-use applications. Stephens, tech transfer program support, provides expertise in the Small Business Innovation Research program and local economic development efforts.
“A well-deserved award,” said Sean Patten, senior technology manager at TechLink. “Brooke’s team has raised the bar for the tech transfer community. Their dedication to expanding the defense innovation base is leadership by example for the entire DoD lab enterprise.”
NSWC-Crane, located in Crane, Indiana, is legendary among special forces for its work on expeditionary warfare, strategic mission capabilities, and electronic warfare. Its scientists and engineers have invented hundreds of enabling technologies, from improved rifle suppressors and flash-bang grenades to enhanced signal detection in digital phased arrays.
“Our tech transfer team creates and fosters an open and collaborative environment, that accepts and innovates when faced with a challenge, and is constantly thinking out of the box and blazing new trails in technology transfer,” Pyne said.
Businesses and entrepreneurs can review NSWC-Crane’s entire portfolio of available inventions here.