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An Analysis of NASA Technology TransferA review of previous technology transfer metrics, recommendations, and measurements is presented within the paper. A quantitative and qualitative analysis of NASA's technology transfer efforts is performed. As a relative indicator, NASA's intellectual property performance is benchmarked against a database of over 100 universities. Successful technology transfer (commercial sales, production savings, etc.) cases were tracked backwards through their history to identify the key critical elements that lead to success. Results of this research indicate that although NASA's performance is not measured well by quantitative values (intellectual property stream data), it has a net positive impact on the private sector economy. Policy recommendations are made regarding technology transfer within the context of the documented technology transfer policies since the framing of the Constitution. In the second thrust of this study, researchers at NASA Langley Research Center were surveyed to determine their awareness of, attitude toward, and perception about technology transfer. Results indicate that although researchers believe technology transfer to be a mission of the Agency, they should not be held accountable or responsible for its performance. In addition, the researchers are not well educated about the mechanisms to perform, or policies regarding, technology transfer.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Bush, Lance B.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1996
Subject Category
Social Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:110270
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 243-10-01-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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