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SAN FRANCISCO AREA DOE SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS WIN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AWARDS

 SAN FRANCISCO AREA DOE SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS
 WIN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AWARDS
 OAKLAND, Calif., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) today honored 38 Department of Energy (DOE) scientists and engineers for their contributions to the successful transfer of government sponsored research to commercial businesses and nonprofit organizations.
 Each of the DOE scientists and engineers honored by the FLC received a letter of commendation from Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins. The San Francisco area award winners (seven of the total 38) are:
 -- From Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif.: Dr. Wayne R. McKinney for advances with industry collaborators in the shaping of optics used in synchrotron-radiation research; Dr. John Clarke for developing a magnetometer using new high temperature superconducting materials for medical and geophysical applications; Dr. Shih-Ger Chang, for a process to remove sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from flue gas.
 -- From Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.: Robert J. Contolini, Dr. Steven T. Mayer and Dr. Anthony F. Bernhardt for transfer of the electrochemical planerization and electropolishing technology to a computer manufacturer; Dr. Lloyd A. Hackel for transfer of solid state laser technology for use in an X-ray lithography system.
 The 38 researchers, all employed at DOE laboratories, won or shared 15 of the 30 awards for technology transfer conferred by FLC at its annual meeting in Indianapolis. The FLC was organized in 1974 and chartered by Congress in 1986 to facilitate commercial use of research sponsored by the federal government. All major federal laboratories and other research centers and their parent agencies are members.
 Recognition of the DOE scientists and engineers comes at a time of unprecedented emphasis by the department and other federal agencies on converting federal research results and capabilities to commercial uses by U.S. businesses.
 Dr. Robert L. Simon, DOE's principal deputy director of energy research, listed the results of the DOE and administration technology transfer initiatives in his keynote remarks to the FLC meeting. They include:
 -- The rapid increase in the number of cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) between DOE laboratories and U.S. businesses from 14 a year ago to 121 today.
 -- The continuing negotiation of CRADAs between the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (U.S. ABC) and federal research organizations, including five DOE labs. The U.S. ABC is a four-year, $260 million research project with the goal of making battery powered cars widely available by the year 2000.
 -- The agreement between DOE and 12 major computer firms on a model for CRADAs with that industry. This agreement cleared the way for negotiation of individual CRADAs with the computer industry.
 -- The April 23 signing of a protocol between DOE and the National Center for Manufacturing Science (NCMS). The protocol formalized a master agreement that is expected to give rise to numerous CRADAs between DOE laboratories and the 140 U.S. manufacturing companies that belong to NCMS.
 -- The initiation of four projects by the Oil Recovery Technology Partnership, which is primarily responsible for technology transfers between DOE laboratories and the oil industry.
 -- The success of the administration's National Technology Initiative (NTI), which has attracted almost 1,500 business and research organization leaders to the first five of a series of regional conferences on ways to increase U.S. business use of government-sponsored research.
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