ETC and the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Mid-Atlantic Region, co-hosted Meet the Labs on September 25 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland. Sponsored by a grant from the Rural Maryland Council, the event attracted more than 60 registrants. The event included panels on Technology Transfer and Small Business Innovation Research. Federal Laboratory participants on the Tech Transfer Panel included: (Below – left to right) Dr. Robert Griesbach, Department of Agriculture (moderator); Paul Zielinski, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Wendy Kosik Chaney, Army Research Laboratory; Dr. Christopher Wilhelm, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD); Richard Tarr, Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division; Darryl Mitchell, Goddard Space Flight Center -National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and Marcos Gonzales Harsha, Department of Energy.

After lunch, a second panel of experts addressed the topic of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). The panel included: (Below – left to right) Donna Attick (moderator), Navy Naval Air Systems Command; Dr. Carl Gotzmer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, IHEODTD; Paul Zielinski, National Institute for Standards and Technology; Manny Oliver, Department of Energy; and Dr. Charles Cleland, Department of Agriculture.

Also included in the program offering welcome and closing remarks were ETC CEO Robert Kavetsky and Rural Maryland Council’s Meredith Donaho. Speaker presentations are available on ETC’s website at