The Federal government has generated trillions of dollars in new economic activity and millions of jobs by transferring the products of taxpayer-funded research and development to private industry. “Technology transfer,” as it is known, could be better supported by federal shared services. In this webinar, government executives from NIST and the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and the ACT-IAC research team, will discuss the opportunity and present findings from Project Bullseye’s first deep-dive into mission-focused shared services. Attendees will learn about new opportunities for federal shared services, technology transfer, how the President’s Management Agenda supports them, and how government and industry can, together, create many more trillions of dollars for US taxpayers.
- Charles Na, Interagency Policy Specialist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Paul Zielinski, Executive Director at Federal Laboratory Consortium
- David Cassidy, Vice President, TCG, ACT-IAC project co-lead
- Pankaj Sharma, COO and Co-Founder, Rigil Corporation, ACT-IAC project co-lead
This event is open to the federal community interested in mission-focused shared services and new opportunities for federal shared services. We also welcome members of the federal contracting community who are not currently ACT-IAC members.
11:00am – 11:10am Welcome, Introduction, Problem Statement & Presentation of ACT-IAC Paper
11:10am – 11:25am Update from National Institute of Standards and Technology
11:25am – 11:35am Update from the Federal Laboratory Consortium
11:35am – 11:55am Moderated Question & Answer Period
11:55am – 12:00pm Event Closing & Wrap Up
Charles Na, Interagency Policy Specialist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Chuck Na is the Senior Interagency Policy Specialist in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Chuck works to support the coordination of government-wide policy efforts to improve federal technology transfer. Chuck directly supports the coordination of interagency workgroups for technology transfer and Bayh-Dole, facilitates the Host Agency functions for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, and participates in various projects to support the Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority goal in the President’s Management Agenda. While working at TPO, Chuck was as an author on the 2018 NIST Return on Investment green paper and has served as the NIST representative on intellectual property licensing standards development committees.
Prior to joining TPO, Chuck was a licensing manager at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a technology transfer specialist at both the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He also worked in intellectual property management, operations, R&D, and project management for several biotechnology companies in Maryland.
Chuck holds a MS in biology from The Johns Hopkins University and a BS in biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also has a certificate in policy strategy from Washington University at Brookings.
Paul Zielinski, Executive Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
Paul Zielinski, Executive Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), where he leads high quality support to over 300 federal agencies, laboratories and research centers to accomplish their joint mission to foster commercialization best practices and accelerate federal technologies out of the labs and into the marketplace.
Prior to this role, Paul has served for over 30 years as a federal manager, engineer, and scientist. Most recently, Paul served as the Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), leading NIST’s technology transfer activities including patents, licenses, cooperative research, and the NIST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. He also led interagency technology transfer policy issues including serving as the Co-Chair of the National Science and Technology Council Lab to Market Subcommittee, Chair of the Interagency Workgroup for Technology Transfer and Interagency Workgroup for Bayh-Dole, and two terms as the Chair of the FLC.
Mr. Zielinski has also worked at other federal agencies in the development and deployment of technology, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE). He has served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army including duty in Korea, Panama, Germany, and the US.
Mr. Zielinski has an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Toledo, and earned an MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship from Northcentral University.
David Cassidy, Vice President, TCG
Early in the Aughts, Dave Cassidy was instructed to stop being a project manager and instead become the creative force behind TCG’s management of client relationships and growth. Dave stays up late at night thinking of ways TCG will keep current customers satisfied and help future friends do even better work. He has supported mission-focused federal shared services for 20 years, including MAX.gov, BFEM.gov, Integrity.gov, ITDashboard.gov, and iEdison.gov. Dave’s wife and many children look forward to hearing him shout at soccer players on TV, eating his world-famous pancakes, and being regaled with random quotes from obscure British sitcoms. He has never watched an episode of The Partridge Family. (Seriously.) He has a degree from some university in England that specializes in producing people with an amazingly realistic British accent.
Pankaj Sharma, COO and Co-Founder, Rigil Corporation
Pankaj Sharma is an entrepreneur and a pioneer developing leading-edge solutions that include technologies and concepts including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Gaming solutions. He has multiple Patents to his name.
As Rigil's Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, he provides the strategic and operational oversight of Rigil's strategy, technology, and products. He leads Rigil's Technology and Innovation Center, resulting in the development of various patented products. Under his leadership, since the inception of the company, Rigil has consistently grown every year. Rigil has been listed multiple times on INC5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the US. Rigil has also featured in Washington Business Journal and Moxie awards as one of the fastest-growing companies in the Washington DC metro area.
Mr. Sharma holds an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, and a Bachelor of Technology from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra/India.