DOD’s 2016 Linsteadt Award Goes to Air Force Research Lab Tech Transfer Expert

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research Dr. Melissa Flagg (left) presents Ms. Kristen Schario, AFRL, with the 2016 George Linsteadt Award Technology Transfer Achievement Award. Photo courtesy of US Air Force Tech Transfer

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research Dr. Melissa Flagg (left) presents Ms. Kristen Schario, AFRL, with the 2016 George Linsteadt Award Technology Transfer Achievement Award. Photo courtesy of US Air Force Tech Transfer

Kristen Schario helped formation of start-ups to pursue commercialization of AFRL technologies 

The Department of Defense (DOD) recently named Ms. Kristen Schario as the 2016 George Linsteadt Technology Transfer Achievement Award winner. The annual award recognizes DOD Federal and non-Federal employees who have made outstanding efforts in support and execution of technology transfer (T2) partnerships that aid in migrating new technologies into or out of the Department, that promote technology commercialization, and that license patented government inventions.

In presenting the award, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research Dr. Melissa Flagg said technology transfer is vital to the DOD mission of developing new technologies, promoting technology commercialization, and licensing patented government inventions.

“Ms. Scharios’ performance leading the Office of Research and Technology Applications at AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate embodies the vision and spirit of the Linsteadt Award,” said Dr. Flagg.

Ms. Schario is being recognized for her exemplary performance leading the Office of Research and Technology Applications at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate.  In her 24 years of dedicated service, Ms. Schario has become one of the Air Force’s foremost experts on technology transfer.  In addition to managing and negotiating hundreds of partnership agreements with industry and academia, Ms. Schario has also been an advocate for technology accelerators in the region.  With her help, three start-ups have been formed in the past year to pursue commercialization of technologies developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory.  In recognition of her expertise, she is regularly invited as a guest speaker at regional and national symposiums on technology transfer as well as serving as a Member-at-large on the Federal Laboratory Consortium Executive Board.

The award honors significant efforts comparable to those of Mr. George Linsteadt and other US Government professionals who developed the federal technology transfer process. Mr. Linsteadt was a pioneer of technology transfer at the Naval Air Systems Command China Lake Weapons Division and a promoter of technology transfer for laboratories in seventeen Federal departments and Agencies. Mr. Linsteadt and other technology transfer professionals initiated the DOD technology transfer consortium which later expanded to become the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. Awardees embody the vision and spirit of Mr. Linsteadt and other proactive DOD technology transfer support professionals who pioneered technology transfer.

AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate, based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, brings together world-class facilities including a fuels research facility, structural testing labs, compressor research facility, rocket testing facilities, supersonic and subsonic wind tunnels, flight simulation lab, and many other cutting-edge research labs. Among the technologies in development in the Aerospace Systems Directorate are scramjet engines, alternative fuels, unmanned vehicles, and hypersonic vehicles.

Follow U.S. Department of Defense on Twitter!

Disclaimer: Re-published content may have been edited for length and clarity. The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense. For other than authorized activities, such as, military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sites, the Department of Defense does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD website.