The Midwest Region is comprised of the following six states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Midwest region has more than 30 laboratories and over 150 facilities that conduct federal research and development in a wide range of topics. From the examination of the smallest particles in the universe to the development of new engine lubricants to alternative manufacturing processes, each facility in the Midwest Region is involved in expanding the bounds of knowledge and our nation's technical capabilities.
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.
The Midwest 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.
Annie E. Bullock-Yoder is a member of the Technology Transfer Office at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, where she serves as the intellectual property (IP) and licensing specialist. She is the point person for all NSWC Crane invention disclosures and leads efforts to market and commercialize the IP portfolio.
Annie has earned a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in intellectual property from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She has several professional licenses including membership in the Indiana State Bar and as a patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Deborah Davis-Brutchen, Esq. is the Intellectual Property Manager for the Air Force Technology Transfer and Transition Office. She is responsible for assisting in the development of the Defense Technology Information System (DTTIS). She also is responsible for managing contracts to train the Air Force workforce on the importance of protecting intellectual property. Furthermore, she is responsible for linking technology and the Air Force mission with the marketplace by ensuring that Air Force science and engineering activities are transferred or shared with state and local governments, academia and industry.
Deborah earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering and her Master of Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. She earned her Juris Doctorate, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM), Intellectual Property Law, from the University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, OH in 2016. She was admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia.