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General Questions
ext: 2573

NIST Technology Partnerships Office
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2200
Paul Zielinski
Director, TPO
ext: 4980

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.

In addition, Paul is the current Chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer and coordinates the Interagency Workgroup on Technology Transfer that addresses technology transfer policy issues.

Prior to joining NIST, Paul worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, private industry, and served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Paul has Master of Science degree in engineering and Master of Business Administration.

Cecelia Huestis-Beshai
Secretary, TPO
ext: 2573
Gary Anderson
Senior Economist
ext: 5238
Donald Archer
Senior Patent Officer
ext: 2522
Dana Bowins
Patent Administrator/Paralegal
ext: 4500
Teresa Bradshaw
Administrative Assistant
ext: 2624
Stephen Cambell
Senior Economist
ext: 3118
Mary Clague
SBIR Program Director/NAIS Administrator
ext: 4188
Xinyun (Cindy) Gong
IT Specialist/NAIS
ext: 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 Kuehl
Economist
ext: 8034

Nicole Kuehl is an economist of the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her responsibilities include the preparation of the annual reports on technology transfer, both at the Departmental and Federal levels.

Prior to the completion of her degree in Economics from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, Nicole was a Pathways intern for the TPO at NIST.

J'aime Maynard
CRADA & Licensing Administrator/SBIR Administrator
ext: 8408
Jimmy Nazario-Negron
Information Specialist
ext: 8235
Jack Pevenstein
Invention Disclosure Advisor/Outreach
ext: 5519

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
Business Specialist
ext: 3084

Brenda Thomasson is a General Business Specialist for the Technology Partnership Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She provides Administrative and Business Operations and System Support to TPO, Contracts and Grants administrator/coordinator, and provides support to the TPO Administrative Officer on Budget and Financial Management.

Patent Paralegal and General Business Administration candidate with the American Public University.

Courtney Silverthorn
Senior Interagency Policy Specialist
ext: 4189

Dr. Courtney Silverthorn joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a Senior Interagency Policy Specialist in 2014, focusing on the coordination of interagency technology transfer activities, and efforts under the White House's Lab to Market Initiative. She works with a number of interagency working groups and manages the Federal Laboratory Consortium support contract. 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 Host Agency Representative, and previously held roles as the FLC 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; she also has a Certificate in Biotechnology Enterprise from the Johns Hopkins University and is pursuing a Certificate in Policy Strategy from the Brookings Institute.
Michael D. Walsh
Senior Economist
ext: 5455
Honeyeh Zube
Senior CRADA&Licensing Officer
ext: 2209