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Technology Partnerships Office Staff

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.

Courtney Silverthorn
Deputy Director
ext: 4189

Dr. Courtney Silverthorn is the Deputy Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at NIST, focusing on the coordination of cross-agency technology transfer policy efforts through the White House's Lab to Market initiative, as well as overseeing NIST-centric and agency-wide economic analysis on the impact of federal technology transfer. She works with a number of interagency working groups and manages the Federal Laboratory Consortium support contract. 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 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 Institution.

Cecelia Huestis-Beshai
Secretary, TPO
ext: 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.

Gary Anderson
Senior Economist
ext: 5238

Dr. Gary Anderson is a senior economist in the Technology Partnerships Office. Dr. Anderson provides economic analysis related to science and technology policy, performs econometric evaluations of NIST and other federal science and technology programs, and provides analysis for NIST strategic planning.

Prior to joining the TPO, Dr. Anderson worked in the Economic Analysis Office and Economic Assessment Office of the NIST Advanced Technology Program (ATP). At ATP, Dr. Anderson led numerous teams to develop research and development (R&D) metrics and surveys. He also evaluated the impact of federally-funded R&D projects and managed numerous ATP research awards to small and medium businesses.

Dr. Anderson came to NIST from and academic position as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Anderson received his Ph. D. from the University of Maryland in 2000, where he studied the role of tacit knowledge in technology transfer. While at the University of Maryland, Dr. Anderson was a Guest Researcher at the Inter-University Economics Center at Gadjah Madah University, located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

His current research interests include the economics of R&D, economics of innovation, energy economics, applied econometrics, and program evaluation.
Donald Archer
Senior Patent Officer
ext: 2522

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.
Dana Bowins
Patent Administrator/Paralegal
ext: 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
Administrative Assistant
ext: 2624

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.
Stephen Campbell
Senior Economist
ext: 3118

Stephen Campbell is a senior economist in the Technology Partnerships Office where he works on economic evaluation.

Stephen has previously worked in the Economic Analysis Office, the Advanced Technology Program, and the U.S. Census Bureau where he was an economist/survey statistician with the Housing and Household Economics Statistics Division.

He is ABD in economics from the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of both the American Economic Association and the American Statistical Association.
Mary Clague
SBIR Program Director/NAIS Administrator
ext: 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.
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
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

Jimmy Nazario is an information specialist for the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He provides graphic design, web development, and other artistic needs as needed by the TPO.

He is a Veteran having served 10 years in the US Army as a Medical Lab Technician. During this time he also deployed 3 times to the combat zones of Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan (once).

Jimmy Holds 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
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.

Michael D. Walsh
Senior Economist
ext: 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.
Honeyeh Zube
Senior CRADA&Licensing Officer
ext: 2209

Honeyeh Zube is the Cooperative Research Agreement and Development Agreement (CRADA) and License Officer in TPO. She is responsible for working with NIST's operating units and external organizations to negotiate and draft CRADAs, patent licenses, and other technology transfer agreements.
Honeyeh came to NIST from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she was a technology transfer specialist in the Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) program at the National Cancer Institute.
She has previous experience negotiating agreements at a private law firm and as an acquisitions specialist at NIAID (NIH). Honeyeh is a licensed patent attorney, and holds a Juris Doctor, a Certificate in Intellectual Property with a Patent Law Specialty from DePaul University College of Law, and a Master of Science in Biotechnology, from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor Degree in Biology from the University of Chicago.
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NIST Technology Partnerships Office

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 2200
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

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