WASHINGTON, DC - Carl O. Bauer, Director of the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), has been named a Laboratory Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). The annual award honors directors who have made outstanding contributions supporting technology transfer activities at their laboratories. The award will be presented May 17, 2007, at the FLC National Meeting in Arlington, Texas.
"It is an honor to have been chosen for this award," said Bauer. "Transferring the innovative technologies developed at NETL to the private sector can improve Americans' quality of life and multiply the return on America's investment in federal research. The award reflects the hard work and dedication of the laboratory's employees, and it demonstrates NETL's understanding that our work must be pertinent to the challenges of the energy marketplace and that success includes aggressive efforts to work with industry and broaden the commercialization of emerging technologies. I am proud to accept the award on their behalf."
The FLC is a nationwide network of more than 700 major federal laboratories and centers and their parent departments and agencies. The consortium provides a forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. "Because of the competitiveness and prestige of the award, being selected as a recipient is an honor which recognizes both the excellence of your efforts and your facility's technology transfer program," said FLC chair Edward Linsenmeyer in a congratulatory message to Bauer.
NETL is a Department of Energy fossil energy national laboratory with expertise in conducting energy research and technology development, analyzing energy systems and international energy issues, and implementing contract research with industry and academia. Through onsite and contracted research, NETL advances technologies to resolve the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of producing and using fossil resources. Bauer was appointed NETL Director in 2005, after serving for nearly two years as the laboratory's Deputy Director.
NETL's five sites - Albany, Ore.; Fairbanks, Alaska; Morgantown, W.Va.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Tulsa, Okla. - have a combined workforce of 1,200 employees, including nearly 600 scientists and engineers. Its research portfolio includes more than 1,800 projects, with a total award value of $9 billion and private sector cost-sharing of $5 billion.
The laboratory's technology transfer program provides numerous opportunities for collaboration, from contract research to licensing of intellectual property.