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The Congressional Tech Transfer Caucus Announcement for the Academic Research Commercialization

Changing Lives, Growing our Economy

An image of 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) students Sue Lee and Samantha Gibson infront of the capital building

2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) students Sue Lee (left) and Samantha Gibson (right) sharing  a fun moment.

By, Robin Bunch, Technical Program Manager
Technology Discovery Office

The NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to work side-by-side with NIST’s elite scientists who are leading the advancement of science and technology across the globe. For more information on the SURF program, visit:

The Technology Partnership Office (TPO) is pleased to host SURF students Samantha (Sam) Gibson and Sue Lee for their 11-week internship.  Sam is a rising senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff majoring in biology.  She is applying her science and analytical skills by translating NIST technology patents into marketing tools for swift understanding and interactions with potential partners in government, industry, and academia.  Sue is a rising sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University majoring in computer science.  She is applying her computer science skills by creating a network database for the TPO external website that will link scientists’ expertise profiles to their, patents, publications, and presentations to make it simpler for other agencies, industry, and academia to pursue partnerships that may lead to commercialization of NIST technology.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Sue, Sam, and other TPO staff members participated in the Academic Research Commercialization:  Changing Lives, Growing our Economy briefing as part of the Congressional Tech Transfer Caucus.  The briefing was sponsored by Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and showcased Sven Karlsson, COO and Founder, Platelet BioGenesis and Abhishek Motayed, Founder and CEO, N5Sensors.  The briefing was facilitated by Stephen Susalka, CEO, AUTM.  The speakers discussed how they transferred academic research to commercialization by forming spin out companies to capitalize on advance research creating a stronger economy.  TPO staff in attendance were Courtney Silverthorn, Deputy Director, TPO, Dana Bowins, IP/Administrator/Patent Paralegal, Sarayu Srinivasan, Presidential Innovation Fellow, Ellie Bright, Patent Paralegal and Robin Bunch, Technical Program Manager for the Technology Discovery Office.


Released July 2, 2019, Updated July 29, 2019