NASA Glenn's Approach to Supporting Regional Economic Development Robert Romero Business Capture Manager Office of Technology Incubation & Innovation
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NASA Glenn's Approach
Regional Economic Development
Business Capture Manager
Office of Technology Incubation & Innovation
NASA Glenn Research Center
Provide world class R&T, revolutionizing aeronautics and space exploration
Advance space missions and aeronautics by leveraging our core competencies to deliver concept-through-flight systems
Deliver program and project management excellence that results in successful missions for our customers and challenging, long-term assignments for continued achievements
Provide excellent institutional capability to enable NASA mission success
Be an integral part of the Ohio community and the Nation
Presidential Memorandum – Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research In Support of High-Growth Businesses
Sec. 1. Policy. One driver of successful innovation is technology transfer
Sec. 2. Establish Goals and Measure Progress. (a) Federal laboratories shall develop plans that establish performance goals to increase the number and pace of effective technology transfer and commercialization activities in partnership with non federal entities. (d) The heads of agencies with Federal laboratories are encouraged to include technology transfer efforts in overall laboratory evaluation.
Sec. 3. Streamline the Federal Government's Tech. Transfer and Commercialization Process. (a) Agencies with Federal laboratories shall review their licensing procedures and practices for establishing CRADAs. (c) The heads of agencies … shall implement administrative practices that reduce the time from grant application to award [and] facilitate a common reporting of these performance measures.
Sec. 4. Facilitate Commercialization through Local and Regional Partnerships. (a) Federal laboratories [should] collaborate with external partners to share the expertise of Federal laboratories with businesses and to participate in regional technology innovation clusters that are in place across the country. (b) Agencies [should] locate applied research and business support programs to further technology transfer and commercialization. (c) Federal laboratories and other research facilities [should] engage in public-private partnerships in those technical areas of importance to the agency's mission with external partners to strengthen the commercialization activities in their local region.
October 28, 2011
“…increasing the rate of technology transfer and the economic and societal impact from Federal research and development (R&D) investments.”
It’s all about jobs-retained and created!
Glenn Core Competencies
In-Space Propulsion and
Cryogenic Fluids Management
Physical Sciences and
Biomedical Technologies in Space
Materials and Structures
for Extreme Environments
Power, Energy Storage and
Impact Northeast OhioState of Ohio
Output $ 1.2 Billion$1.4 Billion
Value Added $ 596 Million $668 Million
Employment 6,250 Jobs7,538 Jobs
Labor Income $465 Million$512 Million
Employees contribute $10 Million in State and Local Income Taxes
Note: Data from an Economic Impact Study prepared by Cleveland State University, June 2013
NASA Glenn’s Key Products and Services
Facilities Test (FT) Services
Subject Matter Expert (SME) Services
Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) Services
“Listen to the voice of the customer”
“What keeps you up at night and how can we help?”
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New Tech Transfer / Business Development Outreach
GRC is now recognized inside NASA as beingproactive in outreach to non-aerospace businesses, striving to support the American economy
GRC Tech Showcase
December 2, 2011
November 28-30, 2012
Automotive Industry Workshop
October 27, 2011
Many potential partners are in the Midwest!
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sectors of economic importance
What partnerships have the best value proposition?
Regional Economic Development Outcomes and Metrics
Commercial sector products created/enhanced with traceability to NASA capabilities
Jobs created/retained which can be traced to successful outcomes of NASA projects
Documented/independently validated impact on critical sectors of U. S. economy
Increased public support for investment in NASA research and development projects for space, science,
R&D projects identified/formalized which involve NASA capabilities and non NASA investment
Alignment of R&D projects with critical sectors of U.S. economy
Level of non NASA investments in R&D projects
Stakeholder/partner critical assessments of value proposition of R&D projects to follow on creation of
economic development by private sector
A guiding principle of our regional economic development efforts:
To the greatest extent possible, connect with existing clusters and only consider establishing new ones when a major opportunity exists and is not being addressed.
NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck announced 9 winners
Selected by City, County, and MAGNET.
NASA GRC gave 400hrs
City & County gave $450K
Ohio manufacturers received NASA assistance, city &county loans
Mason and Ohio manufacturers celebrate NASA’s partnership with industry in building the innovation economy
Mason and Paul Bartolotta converse about the Manufacturing Innovation Project
*Metrics collected by MAGNET using MEP approach
A second round of the Adopt A City program has been launched…….
“NASA developed analytical models…”
“All of that will be extremely valuable to VADXX…our commercialization
efforts with our Rockwell-VADXX engineering design team”
NASA Success Story: YSU Roadshow
Bill Whittenberger, Catacel Corp., CTO & President
Catacel makes catalytic materials used in fuel cells, hydrogen plants and other applications.
"The overall experience was very positive. NASA people do CFD modelling all the time, and could easily understand, comment on, and offer advice on the CFD modelling we were doing. Two hours of discussion at the event led to considerable progress in our ability to accurately model our product. A follow-up session at our facility brought us additional valuable input" Whittenberger said.
Results and Initial Comments
Results and Initial Comments (Cont’d)
Proposed Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition (OFCC) / Lorain County Community College (LCCC) Energy Sector: Fuel Cell Roadshow
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