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Partnering with NETL

Strategic Partnerships’ mission is to assist NETL in pursuing its technology development goals by engaging partners in federal agencies and laboratories, in the private sector, in State and local governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and at some of the nation’s most prestigious research universities.

NETL’S Strategic Partnerships helps to:

  • Maintain the lab’s business and functionality
  • Develop the inter-relational processes, integrate the Science & Technology organization (RIC+TDIC), and integrate across the enterprise
  • Pursue strategic initiatives and collaborations



Partnering With NETL

It's all about Access

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How to Work with NETL

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NETL Core Competencies include:

  • Geological & Environmental Systems
  • Materials Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Energy Conversion Engineering
  • Systems Engineering & Analysis
  • Computational Science & Engineering

Functions & Roles

Functions: Explore, Identify, Incubate, & Exercise partnerships between NETL and external organizations offering the potential to meet the Lab’s goals

Roles:  External partnerships exploration, Matchmaker for needs and capabilities, Integrator of collaboration channels, Coordinator of planning and strategy development for external collaborations



  • Find new organizations to engage
  • Make contact to explore areas of mutual interest & complimentary capabilities


  • Identify opportunities where objectives align
  • Creatively envision new collaborations


  • Identify Lab resources to develop new opportunities
  • Resolve conflicting priorities


  • Provide customized attention for health of collaborations
  • Ensure Lab is responsive to obligations 


Partnering with NETL

What We Do

Strategic Partnerships supports NETL and NETL staff in identifying, exploring, and securing opportunities to leverage NETL’s core capabilities and competencies through strategic engagement, collaboration, and partnership with domestic and international government organizations, national laboratories, academia, industry, and other private and public stakeholders. These efforts directly align with the Lab’s mission to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations.  Strategic Partnerships is also responsible for the Lab’s strategic partnerships projects (also known as “work-for-others”) and technology transfer and intellectual property activities.  Strategic Partnerships organizes and manages its engagement with partners through four areas of focus:

  • Industrial Partnerships – Focused on partnerships opportunities with business and industry as well as intellectual property management, technology promotion, and technology transfer agreement management
  • University and National Lab Partnerships – Focused on partnership opportunities with academia, Federal agencies, and other DOE National Laboratories
  • Global Partnerships – Focused on collaboration with foreign governments, industries, and research organizations

State and Local Partnerships – Focused on partnerships with government and private- and public-sector entities in geographic proximity of NETL’s five sites.

Technology Transfer Makes a Difference

NETL’s Technology Transfer Office develops partnerships to streamline technologies from inception to testing, enables start-up companies, and provides licensing opportunities for award-winning technologies to achieve commercialization for the benefit of the public.

NETL’s Core Mission & Partnering

NETL strives to serve as a “bridge” spanning the early stage of science and discovery to the final stage of commercial deployment by the private sector

  • Targeted – Focused research that overcomes barriers and enables technology breakthroughs
  • Vetted - Convene broad stakeholder groups to create public-private partnerships
    • Partnering reduces financial risk and shortens time to commercialization
    • Partners change over the course of development as R&D needs evolve
  • Market-driven - Provide techno-economic analysis to inform technology pathway and policy decisions
  • Impactful – Investments enhance U.S. technology leadership and global competitiveness
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  • Find funds-in collaboration opportunities
  • Find partners for Research & Innovation Center (RIC) Principal Investigator projects
  • Establish formal partnering agreements
  • Secure and License Intellectual Property (IP)
  • External networking and brand awareness


  • Business intelligence
  • Collaborations
  • Agreements
  • Technology Transfer
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercialization

Work in Progress Approach:

  • Partnerships Portfolio Manager (PPM) is the primary contact for client organizations to connect with NETL and pursue acquiring lab’s services/expertise, or collaborating with the lab in areas of ongoing research
  • Outreach & Business Development Specialist (OBDS) is responsible for bulk of general outreach and exploration activities (conferences, exhibit booths, etc.) and works to identify tangible leads for PPM; instrumental in lead generation and initiation
  • Partnership Agreements Coordinator (PAC) provides expert guidance and direction in negotiation of terms and conditions of any formal agreement; manages and directs Technology Transfer program, including IP strategy and management
  • Partnership Agreements Specialist (PAS) supports PAC working to increase number of agreements, Intellectual Property (IP) filings, and licenses

Personnel (Project Portfolio Managers):

  • Strategic Partnerships Associate Director: Mike Knaggs
  • University & National Laboratory Partnerships: Mike Nowak, Jessica Lamp
  • State & Local Partnerships: Tom Feeley, James Ferguson
  • Industrial Partnerships: Tom Sarkus
  • Global Partnerships: Anthony Armaly, Chuck Taylor

Who We Are

Michael Knaggs
Associate Director
(304) 285-4926

Anthony Armaly
Global Partnerships Manager Regional Workforce Initiative
(412) 386-6040

Thomas Feeley
State & Local Partnerships Manager
(412) 386-6134

James Ferguson
State & Local Partnerships Manager
(412) 386-6043

Holli Heiskell
Administrative Specialist
(304) 285-0227

Jessica Lamp
Technology Transfer Program Manager
(412) 386-7417

Michael Nowak
University & National Lab Partnerships Manager
(412) 386-6020

Thomas Sarkus
Industrial Partnerships Manager
(412) 386-5981

Charles Taylor
Global Partnerships Manager
(412) 386-6058