The Department of Energy established in 2015 the Office of Technology Transitions, OTT, led by the statutorily appointed Technology Transfer Coordinator to ensure that the OTT is aligned with the Secretary’s vision and that the Secretary is advised on all matters relating to technology transfer and commercialization activities. The mission of the Office of Technology Transitions is to expand the commercial impact of the DOE’s research and development portfolio to advance the economic, energy, and national security interests of the Nation. As one of its core functions, OTT collects, analyzes and manages TT data and metrics from across the complex of labs and facilities. The office also oversees major DOE initiatives: Technology Commercialization Fund, Energy Investor Center, and other Technology to Market initiatives including Energy I-Corps.
This presentation will include an overview of the ways that OTT’s coordination and facilitation across DOE programs, offices, sites and labs contributes to consistency and improvement of policies and enhancements of practices. Specific examples of how OTT is leading the development of policies and practices that strengthen technology transfer outcomes will be discussed.
Clara Asmail, Director of Policy and Practice at the DOE Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), is responsible for all data collection, analysis and interactions with the National Laboratory Tech Transfer Working Group. At the OTT she provides technological and policy guidance for procedures, techniques, and tools to manage DOE information including licensing and technology transfer opportunities, portfolio and systems analysis, shared use and user facility access, and Open Data initiatives. She promotes DOE information exchange/accessibility through the Internet and external meetings, ensuring DOE’s opportunities and efforts are appropriately promoted and made transparent to internal and external audiences, including statutorily required reporting.
She joined the Department of Energy in 2016 after 28 years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology where she developed new approaches to support R&D and manufacturing businesses with resources to commercialize technologies; managed the SBIR Program and Technology Transfer; and led optical scatterometry R&D projects.