Far West


Far West Region

The Far West Region represents the following eight states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The Far West Region is home to over 200 laboratory facilities with research and development (R&D) areas such as energy, aerospace and defense.

The mission of the FLC is to add value to the federal agencies, laboratories, and their partners to accomplish the rapid integration of research and development resources within the mainstream of the U.S. economy. Each Region actively conducts R&D activities seeking partnerships to transfer innovative technologies.

Thousands of groundbreaking technologies produced in Far West regional laboratories have been commercialized to progress various technology industries and grow the Region’s and our nation’s economy.

The Far West Region actively promotes regional tech transfer through its Lab Showcase, Member Connect, Industry and Tech Events, and so much more. Check out our professional development and networking events, as well as our regional award winners that demonstrate outstanding technology transfer programs.

Officers

Michelle Gonzalez
Far West Deputy Regional Coordinator

Michelle Gonzalez

Michelle Gonzalez is the manager of business development, technology transfer, and economic development for Sandia National Laboratories’ California site. She leads initiatives within the Energy and Homeland Security Portfolio and the Sandia Partnerships Organization. Michelle previously served as the business development lead for the Homeland Security Portfolio where she advanced Sandia’s Chem Bio Rad Nuc Defense and Homeland Infrastructure Security Resilience programs. Prior to that, she served in the Chief Research Office working to align and integrate Sandia’s University Partnership strategy and stand up the Academic Alliance program. A graduate of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, Michelle joined Sandia in 2013 in Sandia’s Economic Development where she served as the program lead for the Sandia Science and Technology Park. Prior to her time at Sandia, she was a Lockheed Martin employee working for Technology Ventures Corporation whose mission was to commercialize technologies across the Department of Energy Complex.

Jennifer Stewart
Far West Regional Coordinator

Jennifer Stewart

Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) representative, the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)

Jennifer Stewart serves as the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) representative, the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) lead and FLC representative for Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, located in the city of Norco, in Southern California.  As the ORTA, Jennifer Stewart acts as a broker, connecting Corona Division’s scientists and engineers with academia and industry for a variety of Technology Transfer (T2) and Technology Based Economic Development (TBED) activities. 

Stewart, a graduate of California Baptist University, Riverside, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in business, joined NSWC Corona’s Product Engineering Assessment Department in the measurement science mission area supporting the Marine Corps Infantry Weapons Gage Calibration Program in 2003.  Corona Division received its Federal Laboratory designation on Jan. 26, 2010.  In December 2012, Stewart left Product Engineering Assessment Department to head up the ORTA position full time as the T2 manager, ORTA. 

In addition to serving as ORTA, Stewart is involved in community TBED efforts, supported the establishment and designation of NSWC Corona Division as a host of the Naval X, Inland Empire Tech Bridge supporting Navy innovation and partnerships across both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  Stewart serves as a liaison to many TBED regional organizations whose missions support attracting high-technology companies to the Inland Empire region of Southern California. 

News & Announcements

July 12, 2021
Congratulations to the 2021 FLC Far West Regional Award winners!
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January 28, 2021
2021 FLC Awards – Winners Announced
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November 03, 2020
Congratulations to the 2020 FLC Far West Regional Award winners!
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February 04, 2020
Securing radiological sources on the go
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Awards

2021
regional
ARS releases eight new dry-seed legumes for commercial use, including first-ever winter-hardy peas
Outstanding Commercialization
2021
regional
ARS technology makes studying tick-borne diseases less expensive and less dependent on live animals
Outstanding Technology Development
2021
regional
NASA technology minimizes weather-related flight delays, reducing costs and environmental impacts
Outstanding Technology Development
2021
regional
OpDefender security system from INL protects computer-controlled industrial networks from cyberattacks
Outstanding Technology Development
2021
regional
Public-private partnership including Berkeley Lab connects clean energy entrepreneurs with testing facilities
Outstanding Partnership
2020
regional
Delta Region Areawide Aquatic Weed Project (DRAAWP)
Outstanding Partnership
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Labs in Action

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ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System Provides Critical Seconds of Warning for 50+ Million
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Berkeley Lab's quantum dots create better, brighter displays
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Hops protect honey bees from the scourge of mites
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Light-analysis software explodes across industries
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