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TPO Staff

tpo [at] (General Questions)

PHN: 301-975-2573
NIST Technology Partnerships Office
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2200


paul.zielinski [at] (Paul Zielinski)

Director of TPO
PHN: 301-975-2573

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.


courtney.silverthorn [at] (Courtney Silverthorn)

Deputy Director
PHN: 301-975-4189

Courtney Silverthorn is the Deputy Director of the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Courtney focuses 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.

Prior to joining NIST, Courtney 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.

Courtney holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Sweet Briar College. She also holds certificates in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins and in Policy Strategy from the Brookings Institution. Courtney is currently pursuing a Master’s in public leadership from Washington University in St. Louis.


cecelia.huestis-beshai [at] (Cecelia Huestis-Beshai)

Secretary, TPO
PHN: 301-975-2573

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.


donald.archer [at] (Donald Archer)

Senior Patent and License Officer
PHN: 301-975-2522

Donald Archer is a senior patent officer in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Don chairs the NIST Patent Review Committee, assists NIST researchers with patenting inventions, and is responsible for managing NIST's patent portfolio.

Prior to joining 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 holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in chemistry from Drexel University.


john.bittman [at] (John Bittman)

Interagency Policy Specialist
PHN: 301-975-0495

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 [at] (Dana Bowins)

Patent Administrator/Paralegal
PHN: 301-975-4500

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 [at] (Teresa Bradshaw)

Administrative Assistant
PHN: 301-975-0400

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.


robin.bunch [at] (Robin Bunch)

Technical Program Manager
PHN: 301-975-8006

Robin Bunch is a senior project manager/engineer in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards (NIST). Robin assisted with the creation of the Technology Discovery Office to make NIST products and services more discoverable.  Robin serves as the senior project manager for this initiative.

Prior to joining TPO, Robin worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland in as a math and physics high school teacher. Robin then spent 12 years working as a physical scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and four years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Supervisory Grants Officer before coming to NIST as the Grants Management Division Chief in 2014.

Robin holds a M.S. in electrical engineering from Howard University, a M.S. in public health from the University of Maryland in College Park and a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.


marshall.child [at] (Marshall Child)

Information Specialist
PHN: 301-975-4500

Marshall Child is an information specialist in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards (NIST). Marshall communicates and promotes the transfer of technology and patents from NIST to internal and external audiences within NIST, industry, academia, and other governmental agencies.

Prior to joining NIST, Marshall interned at a public relations agency where he designed strategic plans to pitch national media outlets to acquire coverage for clients. Marshall is also a six-year veteran of the U.S. Army where he was a human intelligence collector.

Marshall holds a B.A. in public relations and strategic communications from American University.


mary.clague [at] (Mary Clague)

SBIR Program Director/NAIS Administrator
PHN: 301-975-4188

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.


jeffrey.divietro [at] (Jeffrey DiVietro)

Senior Partnerships Officer
PHN: 301-975-8779

Jeffrey DiVietro is a Senior Partnerships Officer in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He works with NIST's operating units and external organizations to negotiate and draft cooperative research and draft agreements and other technology transfer agreements.

Prior to joining NIST, Jeffrey 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. 

Jeffrey holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Bucknell University.


cindy.gong [at] (Xinyun (Cindy) Gong)

IT Specialist/NAIS
PHN: 301-975-4313

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 [at] (Nicole Gingrich)

PHN: 301-975-8034

Nicole Gingrich is an Economist in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Nicole prepares annual reports on technology transfer, both at the departmental and federal levels; supports economic analysis activities through data collecting and processing; and serves as a contracting officer’s representative for TPO’s economic analysis contracts.

Prior to her current role in TPO, Nicole started as an aide for the TPO's paralegal. In May 2015, she shifted to her current role, working with the team of economists on technology transfer reporting.

Nicole holds a M.S. in Applied Economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Economics from Hood College.


michael.hall [at] (Michael Hall)

PHN: 301-975-2397

Michael Hall is an Economist in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Michael conducts research on federal technology transfer activities and their economic impacts.

 Prior to joining NIST, Michael worked as an Assistant Specialist at the University of Kansas where he conducted research on economic development, as well as taught economics and finance. Prior to the University of Kansas, Michael also worked at Central Michigan University.

 Michael holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also received his M.A. and B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


jaime.maynard [at] (J'aime Maynard)

CRADA & SBIR Administrator/Trademark Administration
PHN: 301-975-8408

Jaime Maynard is a cooperative research and draft agreement (CRADA) and small business innovation research program (SBIR) administrator. She manages agreement flow CRADA’s and processes applications and manages the review process for SBIR.

Prior to joining NIST, Jaime worked at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science and the F. Edwards Hebert School of Medicine.

Jaime holds a B.A. in political science from Chestnut Hill College.


steven.marquis [at] (Steven Marquis)

Senior Partnerships Officer

PHN: 301-975-3042

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. [at] (Chuck Na)

Interagency Policy Specialist
PHN: 301-975-0478

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 NIST, 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 has a M.S. in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also has a Certificate in Policy Strategy from Washington University at Brookings.


jimmy.nazario-negron [at] (Jimmy Nazario)

Information Specialist
PHN: 301-975-8235

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.


jack.pevenstein [at] (Jack Pevenstein)

Technology Transfer Advisor/Senior General Engineer

PHN: 301-975-2573

Jack Pevenstein is a Technology Transfer Advisor in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Jack 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.

Prior to joining TPO, Jack was a was a Senior General Engineer/Senior Evaluator in the NIST Office of Technology Innovation. Prior to that, he was vice president for marketing and new product development for NUSAC. Prior to NUSAC, Jack was a project manager within the Planning Research Corporation for a DARPA-sponsored research project supporting the national intelligence community.  He was also a commissioned officer in the U.S. army and served one tour in Vietnam where he received a Bronze Star and two Air Medals.

Jack holds a Sc.D. in engineering management and a M.S. in engineering management/operations research from George Washington University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon.


sarayu.srinivasan [at] (Sarayu Srinivasan)

White House Presidential Fellow
PHN: 301-975-5238

Sarayu Srinivasan is a White House Presidential Fellow in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Sarayu works on the Lab-to-Market Initiative, a bipartisan cross-agency priority goal led by NIST and The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focused on accelerating federally funded innovation and R&D to market, and into innovative products and services, specifically by better engaging with the private sector and investors.

Prior to joining TPO, she was the Founder/CEO of KAARGO, a consumer transport marketplace backed by the CEO/Chairmen of Intel and Loews. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, a visiting EIR at ASU, and a guest lecturer at universities worldwide. Sarayu was also with Intel Capital investing in global technology businesses deploying Intel’s first targeted $250M emerging markets fund. Prior to Intel, Sarayu was a venture partner co-founding firms alongside scientific principals. Before her investment career, Sarayu held senior operating roles at a series of successful early-stage software pioneers beginning with heading marketing for uReach, acquired by Genband. Sarayu was also a brand manager at Pepsi running two $300M brands. Previously, Sarayu held a research fellowship pre-PhD at the Harvard Business School contributing to the award-winning Business Analysis & Valuation Using Financial Statements, has published a range of academic and practitioner’s literature and research and is a frequent speaker on venture capitalists, global investment and entrepreneurship.

Sarayu holds an MBA from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a research fellowship at the Harvard Business School pre-PhD, a B.A. in architecture from Barnard College/Columbia University, and a certificate in Medieval European Studies and Shakespeare from Cambridge University.


brenda.thomasson [at] (Brenda Thomasson)

Administrative Officer
PHN: 301-975-3084

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.walsh [at] (Michael D. Walsh)

Senior Economist
PHN: 301-975-5455

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.


  • Technology Partnerships Office
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Created September 10, 2009, Updated January 14, 2020