The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) honored a team of Livermore scientists with an Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for developing a portable explosives detector called the Easy Livermore Inspection Test for Explosives (ELITE). Team members include John Reynolds, the team leader and deputy director of the Laboratory’s Forensic Science Center; engineer Del Eckels; chemists Peter Nunes, Rich Whipple, Phil Pagoria, and Marina Chiarappa-Zucca; and chemist Randy Simpson, who also serves as director of Livermore’s Energetic Materials Center. The two centers partnered on the ELITE project, which was sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). ELITE has been licensed to Field Forensics, Inc., in St. Petersburg, Florida, and was placed on the market in October 2005.
A nationwide network of federal laboratories, FLC provides a forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking the laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. Organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, FLC consists of more than 700 federal laboratories and centers and their parent departments and agencies.
Laboratory Classification and Export Control Officer Dave Brown received a Certificate of Excellence from DOE’s Office of Classification, Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance. Brown was honored because his “outstanding leadership has enabled [his] staff to accomplish expert reviews of massive numbers of documents, year after year, for a host of customers, responding to the needs of the nuclear weapons community while building trust with environmental, safety and health advocates.”
Brown also received an Award of Excellence from DOE’s Defense Program for his contribution to the Stockpile Stewardship Program and a plaque from NNSA “for dedicated leadership and technical expertise.” Brown has worked at the Laboratory for 21 years and has served as Classification Officer for the past 8 years. In addition, for 2 years, he chaired the national Weapons Contractor Classification Conference.