DoD Innovators Spotlight Series
 

October 26, 2021


Oluseyi (Seyi) Ayorinde is a researcher on the Silicon team at the CCDC Army Research Lab, and is currently working out of the west coast office in Playa Vista. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia, where he explored generating and configuring custom, sub-threshold Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) hardware, as well as designing accelerators for ultra-low power systems-on-chip (SoCs). He is currently focusing on development of low-power digital circuits for various applications. His research interests include Machine Learning Acceleration, Swarming Algorithm Acceleration, Digital Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design, and Low-Power FPGA hardware design. He also has an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach, particularly in exposing under-represented communities in STEM to engineering and science activities and opportunities. He serves as the chair of the CCDC ARL-West Outreach Committee.
 

September 21, 2021

The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) Technology Transfer Program (TTP) accelerates and improves the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. The ORTA team executes a variety of partnerships to protect NSA intellectual property, advance mission and technology, leverage resources, and enable greater efficiency. These partnerships include:

  • Patent License Agreements
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements
  • Education Partnership Agreements
  • Technology Transfer Sharing Agreements
  • Open Source Software

The NSA ORTA Team won the Department of Defense George F. Linsteadt Technology Transfer Award in 2020 for creating and implementing NSA’s process for releasing NSA developed capabilities to the open source community. The team comprises of: Linda Burger, Karen Presley, and Kiana Y. Williams. To learn more about the NSA ORTA Team’s awardees, check out their individual bios below.

Linda Burger is the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications. Ms. Burger leads a team of technology transfer (T2) professionals that accelerate and improve the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. Her experience includes owning operating an IT business, leading technology based economic development programs for Howard and Frederick counties (MD), and working as a consultant and Systems Analyst in the public and private sectors. She earned a Master of Administrative Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from UMBC, and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Karen Presley is the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications. Ms. Presley leads a team of technology transfer (T2) professionals that accelerate and improve the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. Her experience includes owning and operating an IP Solutions business and working as an IP attorney with law firms in the Washington DC area. She has worked as an electrical engineer with the FBI and as a computer Systems Engineer within the private sector. She is a barred attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University, earned a Masters of Law degree in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the North Carolina A&T State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from New York Stern School of Business. Ms. Presley is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Kiana Y. Williams is the Intellectual Property Portfolio Manager for the National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications. In her current position, she focuses on intellectual property (IP) valuation and technology management through problem analyzing, strategic planning for desired outcomes, and effective solution implementation. Her experience includes working as an attorney at several firms in Texas, a licensing contractor for the Department of Defense, a technical analyst for a consulting company, and a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is a barred attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University, earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from George Washington University, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University. Ms. Williams is also a registered patent practitioner with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Williams is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

 

August 24, 2021

John Bennewitz
Principal Investigator, Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine Program
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
 
Tim Miedzinski
Engineering Team Lead, Mechanical Instrumentation Branch
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)
 

July 20, 2021

Gregory Anderson
Mechanical Engineer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)
 
Benjamin Gould
Alternative Energy Section Research Scientist/Engineer
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
 
Kyle Verrinder
Mechanical Engineer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)
 
Adam Wechsler
Data Scientist
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)
 

June 22, 2021

Sarah Buttrick
U.S. Navy, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Strategic Planning and Technology Transfer (T2)
 

May 18, 2021

Jonathan Vernon
Lead, Structured Optical Materials and Processing Research Team
Photonic Materials Branch, Functional Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command
 

May 4, 2021

Abigail Juhl
Materials Research Engineer
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
 
Oscar A. Perez
Computer Engineer
U.S Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Data & Analysis Center
 

April 20, 2021

Annie Bullock-Yoder
Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Specialist
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane)
 
Steven Corbin
Chief Engineer for the Maneuver, Surveillance and Engagement Division
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane)
 
Jenna Dix
Technology Transfer Director
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) Technology Transfer (T2)
 

March 23, 2021

Edward Diehl
Commercialization Officer in the Office of Research and Technical Applications (ORTA)/Medical Technology Transfer
United States Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)
 
Tiffany Owens
Lead System Safety Engineer for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)
 

February 23, 2021

Igor Linkov
Senior Science and Technology Manager
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
 
Khanh D. Pham
Senior Aerospace Engineer
Air Force Research Laboratory-Space Vehicles Directorate