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An IE Perspective on Technology Transfer

Moving innovation from invention environments into societal use is a basic definition of the Technology Transfer process. Many economists see the process as being responsible for the majority of growth in the economy. IIE National Capital Chapter Board of Directors member, Richard Leshuk, is convinced of the process’ critical nature. For the past 15 years, he has volunteered to teach an overview course on the topic as part of a collaborative effort between the DC Chapter of the Technology Transfer Society (T2SDC) and the USDA Graduate School (the Federal Government’s Continuing Education program).

The course, Technology Transfer, Issues and Processes, is offered as 10, consecutive, Tuesday evening sessions at Capital Gallery, adjacent to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. The curriculum covers the technology transfer basics of intellectual property and licensing, then examines the approaches and challenges of the various major participants, the Federal Laboratories, academia, and the private sector. The sessions are presented by practicing professionals representing these areas. The course is open to the public; there are no prerequisites; tuition is $375. Details can be found at the (T2SDC) web site and the Graduate School web site.

Given our traditional image as innovators and change managers, technology transfer offers significant opportunities for IEs. The IE’s skills in decision making, particularly quantifying risks and outcomes, are invaluable in the process wherein technologies must be carefully screened and selected in order to apply the limited resources available for the costly commercialization process. To date, despite the significant potential, modeling techniques have seen limited application.

Editors note: If you want to learn more about Technology Transfer, please do get in touch with Richard (

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