News Release

Release Date: November 07, 2018

NETL’s Lamp Inducted into WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni

NETL’s Jessica Lamp poses with Jacky Prucz, Chairman and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University.

NETL Technology Transfer Program Manager Jessica Lamp is an esteemed member of the West Virginia University (WVU) Academy of Distinguished Alumni of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Members.

The Academy honors WVU mechanical engineering graduates with distinguished professional careers. Lamp was inducted earlier this year, joining more than 40 recognized alumni. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from WVU in 1989, along with a Master of Business Administration in 1990 and Juris Doctor in 1999.

As NETL develops innovative technological solutions to U.S. energy challenges, those achievements must be transferred to the private sector to effectively enhance the nation’s energy foundation. Lamp fills a critical role in that process, bridging the gap between research and commercialization. She manages all aspects of the Lab’s technology transfer program — including initiating, negotiating, executing and tracking agreements, such as licenses, cooperative research and development agreements and nondisclosure agreements. She also cultivates valuable working relationships with researchers, DOE headquarters, other federal laboratories and private industry.

In nearly nine years as program manager, Lamp has retooled NETL’s technology transfer process by expanding its scope, streamlining its processes and facilitating productive collaborations for more researchers. She has also increased the productivity and improved the processes of the NETL Invention Review Board, boosting the number of patents and licenses originating from NETL.

“Jessica is such an important asset to NETL. We have seen an unprecedented increase in revenue generation, licenses, patent disclosures and economic progress for new industries thanks to her work,” said Michael Knaggs, NETL’s Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships. “Her education at WVU undoubtedly prepared her to be such an impressive contributor at NETL, and we’re proud to see her receive this much-deserved recognition from her alma mater.”

Prior to joining NETL, Lamp worked as a manufacturing engineer for General Motors and Eaton Corporation and served as an intellectual property attorney at several Pittsburgh-area law firms.