NIST Technology Partnerships Office
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2200
Director of TPO
Paul Zielinski is the Director of the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). TPO serves as the Office of Technology and Research Applications for NIST and is responsible for NIST technology transfer activities including patents, licenses, cooperative research, and small business innovation research.
Paul has coordinated the Interagency Workgroup on Technology Transfer (IAWGTT) for more than ten years. The IAWGTT addresses technology transfer policy issues across the federal government including over $150 billion of research across 11 federal agencies. Paul was elected to two terms as Chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). In this role he was he was the Chief Executive of the FLC and its mission to serve technology transfer professionals across over 300 federal laboratories.
Prior to joining NIST, Paul worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in multiple roles. He was the Staff Chief for Cross Agency Programs, including Technology Transfer, the Regional Science Program, the Tribal Science Program, Environmental Justice research, and the Science and Technology Technical Liaison Program. Paul also served as the Staff Chief for Planning for the EPA Office of Research and Development where he was instrumental in implementing a multi-year planning approach for EPA research programs.
At the Department of Energy, Paul worked in the Office of Nuclear Energy, Global Nuclear Energy Program, and in the Office of Environmental Management as a senior program engineer and scientist. Paul served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army including duty in Korea, Panama, Germany, and in the United States.
Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and Master of Business Administration degree.
Dr. Courtney Silverthorn is the Deputy Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST, focusing on cross-agency technology transfer policy efforts and the implementation of the White House's Lab-to-Market Cross Agency Priority goal, as well as overseeing NIST-centric and agency-wide economic analysis on the impact of federal technology transfer. She is the Executive Secretariat for the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market subcommittee and coordinates several Interagency working groups for tech transfer and intellectual property issues. Courtney joined TPO in 2014 as a Senior Interagency Policy Specialist. Prior to coming to NIST, she held tech transfer and partnership development roles at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and the National Cancer Institute. She serves on the FLC's Executive Board as the Finance Officer, and previously held roles as the Host Agency Representative, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator and Deputy Regional Coordinator.
Dr. Silverthorn earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Sweet Briar College; certificates in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins and in Policy Strategy from the Brookings Institution, and is pursuing a Masters in Public Leadership from Washington University in St. Louis.
Cecelia Huestis-Beshai is the TPO secretary and is responsible for administrative actions including preparation of materials for the NIST Patent Review Committee, bank card purchases, time and attendance, travel, among many other activities. Cecelia also serves as both the TPO training and property officer.
Senior Patent and License Officer
Dr. Donald Archer is the NIST Senior Patent Officer. Don chairs the NIST Patent Review Committee, assists NIST researchers with patenting inventions, and is responsible for managing NIST's patent portfolio. Don also provides technical expertise in other TPO activities, including serving as the Technical Representative on SBIR projects involving technology transfer from NIST.
Prior to joint TPO, Don worked in the NIST Technology Innovation Program and the Advanced Technology Program, and as a scientist at the NIST Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory. At CSTL, his work focused on high-accuracy calorimetric methods and thermal analysis. Don received ASTM's International Award of Merit and the accompanying title of fellow, the highest organizational honor for individual contributions to standards activities.
Don earned his B.S. in chemistry at Drexel University, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Delaware.
Interagency Policy Specialist
John Bittman is an Interagency Policy Specialist in the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST.
Prior to joining NIST, John was as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. He worked as a Technology Transfer Manager and Invention Development and Marketing Specialist within the NCI’s Technology Transfer Center, and as a Special Assistant in the Department of Health and Human Services. While at HHS, he managed the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit and helped develop a new office focused on accelerating clinical innovation.
John served on active duty in the United States Army as a paratrooper, where he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn. He holds a P.S.M. in Nanotechnology, B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Physical, Biomedical, and Behavioral Sciences), and Certificate in Technology Ventures from the University of Central Florida.
Dana Bowins is the NIST Patent Paralegal and supports the prosecution and maintenance of NIST patents.
Prior to joining NIST Dana worked as a patent paralegal in private law firms.
Teresa Bradshaw is the On-Boarding Specialist for NIST and works with domestic NIST Associates to process them into NIST for work in our laboratories, and to ensure they have proper credentials within the USAccess system.
SBIR Program Director/NAIS Administrator
Mary Clague is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She has worked in NIST's Technology Partnerships Office since 2001 and has been with the SBIR Program for the past 12 years.
Prior to working at NIST, she held corporate information positions with Lockheed Martin, COMSAT Corp., and CALCULON. Ms. Clague graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Technology Management.
Senior Partnerships Officer
Dr. Jeffrey DiVietro is a Senior Partnerships Officer at TPO. He works with NIST's operating units and external organizations to negotiate and draft CRADAs and other technology transfer agreements.
Prior to NIST, Dr. DiVietro was a Licensing Officer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Also, he worked in technology transfer offices at Georgetown University and the National Cancer Institute. He earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University.
Cindy Gong is the Information Specialist for the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
She joined NIST in Feb 2011 after 6 years working at NIST /NAIS as a contractor. Ms Gong's primary job function is to administer the NAIS system. She also provides IT support to the TPO division.
Ms. Gong has Master degree in Computer Information System.
Nicole Gingrich is an economist in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Her responsibilities include preparing annual reports on technology transfer, both at the Departmental and Federal levels; supporting economic analysis activities through data collecting and processing; and serving as a contracting officer’s representative for TPO’s economic analysis contracts.
Dr. Michael Hall is an Economist in the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST.
Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Hall worked at the University of Kansas. He has also held positions at Central Michigan University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Hall earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also holds a double-major B.S. in Economics and Business Administration and an M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
CRADA & SBIR Administrator/Trademark Administration
J’aime Maynard is the Administrator for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) & the Small Business and Innovation Program under the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
She has been with the Federal government for nearly 20 years, and joined NIST in November 2001. J’aime has a degree in Political Science from Chestnut Hill College, PA.
Mr. Steven Marquis is a Senior Partnerships Officer in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO). He works with NIST’s operating units and external organizations to draft and negotiate CRADAs and other technology transfer agreements.
Prior to NIST, Mr. Marquis was a Senior Partnership Manager at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC; he negotiated CRADAs, licenses and other technology agreements, managed patent prosecution, and served as the NRL Human Research Protection Officer. Steven was a Senior Technology Transfer Manager at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at both Bethesda, MD and Frederick, MD; he negotiated CRADAs and other technology transfer agreements, managed patent prosecution and supervised Technology Transfer Managers. Also, Steven served as the Technology Information Management System Manager overseeing the development and implementation of the database for tracking all the technology transfer and trademark actions. He was a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Arlington, VA; he examined patent applications in the areas of batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemistry.
Steven earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, MD. Also, he studied Pharmacy at UMD’s School of Pharmacy and Immunology at Hood College in Frederick, MD.
Interagency Policy Specialist
Chuck Na is an Interagency Policy Specialist in the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST. His roles include serving as a contracting officer’s representative for the Federal Laboratory Consortium contracts through NIST; coordinating the activities of several interagency workgroups; and providing review and feedback to the Department of Commerce, Presidential staff, and the Congress on actions and legislation regarding technology transfer.
Prior to joining NIST, Chuck has worked in technology transfer and licensing roles at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 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 including Mesoscale Discovery. He has a Master’s degree in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Mr. Jimmy Nazario-Negron is the Information Specialist for the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He provides front-end computer design support; including graphic design, web development, and other artistic needs.
Mr. Nazario-Negron is a Veteran serving 10 years in the US Army as a Medical Lab Technician; where he was deployed 3 times to the combat zones of Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan (once). He earned a B.S. in Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia from University of Maryland University College and an A.A.S. in Graphic Design from Montgomery College.
Isaac Patterson is an Economist for the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is responsible for supporting the economics analysis functions of the TPO and serves as a liaison to the technology transfer and entrepreneurial communities.
Prior to joining NIST in May 2017, he worked as a Financial Consultant for PNC National Association and as a Leadership Consultant for Harrisburg Area Community College, where he continues to work as an adjunct Economics Professor.
Isaac holds a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Shippensburg University and an M.A. in Applied Economics from American University.
Invention Disclosure Advisor/Outreach
Jack Prevenstein is responsible for engaging NIST researchers and management in the general processes of Technology Transfer, especially regarding the emergence of innovative technology and the disclosure of potentially patentable inventions.
From 1993 through 1998, Dr. Pevenstein was a Senior General Engineer/Senior Evaluator in the NIST Office of Technology Innovation (OTI) and outreach coordinator for the NIST-DOE Energy-Related Inventions Program (ERIP). In this capacity, Dr. Pevenstein promoted ERIP's evaluation services to state economic development agencies and technology development centers, universities, and the USPTO.
Dr. Pevenstein holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and an M.S. in Engineering Management/Operations Research, the Degree of Engineer, and a Sc.D. in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a 2001 Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow.
Brenda Thomasson is the Administrative Officer for the Technology Partnership Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She provides Administrative support on Budget and Financial Management to the division.
Patent Paralegal and General Business Administration studies at the American Public University.
Michael D. Walsh, Ph.D. is a senior economist in the Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also served as an Industrial Economist for NIST's Technology Innovation Program and as a Life Sciences Group Leader in NIST's Advance Technology Program.
He is currently coordinating efforts to update NIST's technology transfer metrics, and is responsible for preparing both Department of Commerce (DOC) and federal technology transfer reports.
In addition to providing economic analysis of technological developments and financial viability assessment of companies engaged in high-risk research, Mr. Walsh has authored and directed impact studies involving DNA diagnostic tools, tissue engineering, and the healthcare industry.
He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia.