Crane Researchers Land Federal Award

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Two Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center researchers have received a prestigious honor. It is the second time Gerald Manke and Timothy Bradley have won a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. May 1, 2014

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CRANE, Ind. - Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) employees Dr. Gerald Manke and Mr. Timothy Bradley received a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer(T2) on April 23, 2014 in Rockville, MD. This is the second award for the pair recognized for utilizing their expertise with Ultra-Short Pulse Lasers (USPL) to foster commercial and military technology transfer.

Manke and Bradley have utilized the T2 mechanisms of cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), education partnership agreements (EPAs), small business innovation research awards (SBIRs), and mentoring assistance to companies which has led to a $16M portfolio of USPL investments and technology developments.

"These two gentlemen are national leaders in understanding how to utilize technology transfer mechanisms to advance research and the national economy," said John Dement, Technology Transfer Program Director at NSWC Crane. "They have 5 CRADAs, 34 SBIRs and two start-up companies to show for their efforts. As we develop collaborative partnerships like the ones recognized by this award, both the military and the commercial sector benefit."

USPLs deliver electromagnetic pulses measured in femtoseconds, a time span so brief that the pulses alter the way light interacts with matter. One of the key attributes of these pulses is that, unlike conventional lasers, they produce no heat and do not damage the targeted material beyond the intended extent. This capability enables USPLs to remove material more cleanly and precisely than ever before possible.

A few of examples of the technology advancing to the commercial market is that currently automotive fuel injectors are now being cut so precisely that they deliver 30-percent greater fuel efficiency; more precise eye surgery is being performed with less risk; and glass screens on consumer electronics are being made much stronger.

NSWC Crane's T2 program seeks to license and collaborate with local individuals, companies and academic institutions for the purpose of transferring government protected innovations for commercialization ultimately spurring economic development and transfer back into the federal government.

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with focus areas in Special Missions, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The Warfare Center's research and development efforts support the Warfighter by providing capabilities and resources to advance technologies for the military.

For more information on the NSWC Crane's technology transfer opportunities contact John Dement at john.dement@navy.mil.

Source: Radius Indiana