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NIST Releases 2009 Report on technology transfer achievements.
Press Release Summary:
Oct 19, 2010 - Summarizing technology transfer activities and achievements of US Department of Commerce's scientific research agencies, 2009 Technology Transfer Report offers performance metrics as well as anecdotes demonstrating how investment in R/D improves lives of Americans and fosters development of new products. Report covers NIST, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Institute for Telecommunication Sciences.
Original Press Release
NIST Releases 2009 Department of Commerce Technology Transfer Report
Press release date: Oct 13, 2010
Technology transfer is an essential mission of federal laboratories that leverages the creative intellectual capital of government scientists and the nation's investments in science and technology to strengthen the American economy and the nation's ability to compete in world markets.
"Department of Commerce labs contribute to the economy through their research, research that results in the invention of new technologies or the improvement of existing technologies," says Paul Zielinski, director of NIST's Technology Partnerships Office. "Transferring that technology from the public to the private sector translates taxpayer dollars into economic growth and the creation of new jobs."
As one example of technology transfer, the report describes how NIST researchers, together with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, have studied the effects of wind on fires in high-rise buildings. Based on NIST's recommendations, the FDNY amended their standard operating procedures for apartment dwellings and produced new training materials to teach their 11,000 members how to employ these new technologies. This effort has caught the attention of firefighters worldwide.
An electronic version of this report and versions from previous fiscal years are available online. http://www.nist.gov/tpo/publications/upload/2009-Tech-Transfer-Rept-FINAL.pdf
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