Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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ORNL Science and Technology Partnership office opening

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 7, 1995 — The new Science and Technology Partnership office at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has opened.

The building, located near ORNL's East Portal, will house offices of the ORNL technology transfer and user center programs. Guest researchers and foreign nationals working at ORNL will also use the facility as an access point.

Louise Dunlap, director of the Office of Science and Technology Partnerships, said the new facility will bring together technology transfer functions into a central location that will enable the office to serve both its internal and external customers more efficiently.

"Both the user center and guest research programs attract large numbers of scientists to the Lab," Dunlap said. "We have about 4,000 guest researchers here annually, which figures to about 1,500 FTEs (full-time equivalents). These researchers enhance our science staff, and this new center will make the Lab more accessible to them."

The Energy Research Laboratory Technology Applications Program, which is managed through the partnership office, is a major resource for technology transfer programs at the Lab. In addition to cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), this program includes personnel exchanges, technology maturation and technical assistance projects.

This program also provides funding and leadership for such broad efforts as the American Textile Initiative (AMTEX), a CRADA program involving the American textile industry and 10 DOE laboratories, including ORNL.

The user program, which encompasses 11 facilities at ORNL and one at Y-12, attracts both academic and industrial users. About 300 universities and industries have active user agreements.

The Minority and Small Business Office headed by Will Minter will also be located in the new facility. This group is focused on making small and minority businesses aware of opportunities to work with the Lab and facilitating such interactions.

Full-time staff in the new facility will total 20.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, which also manages the Oak Ridge K-25 Site and the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.