FLC Chair Candidate
Director, Technology Partnerships Office (TPO)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
I would like to work with the FLC membership to deliver on the FLCís core mission and provide value to the members. The FLC was founded as a networking organization to provide the tools needed to effectively carry out our joint function in technology transfer. As budgets tighten, it is particularly important to focus the FLC on those activities that provide the greatest support and ensure that members are able to use the organizationís services. I think the FLC serves us best when it breaks down barriers and enhances communication between labs and with our external customers (industry) and partners. The FLC enjoys a respected position with Congress and the Administration, and it is important to communicate to these constituencies the effectiveness of our programs, both the FLC itself and technology transfer in general.Nominee's Biography:
Paul Zielinski is 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 (ORTA) for NIST and is responsible for NISTís technology transfer activities, including patents, licenses, cooperative research, and its SBIR program. Mr. Zielinski coordinates the Interagency Workgroup on Technology Transfer and has served as the host agency representative on the FLCís Executive Board. He has over 25 years of expeience as a government employee, and has held several leadership and management positions at four agencies. Prior to joining NIST, he worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and private industry, and he also served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Mr. Zielinski has a masterís degree in engineering and a bachelorís degree in biology.