The FLC Harold Metcalf Service Award recognizes individuals involved in technology transfer activities who have provided noteworthy support to the technology transfer process, furthering the mission of the FLC. This award honors the legacy of Harold Metcalf, who is known as one of the most important figures in establishing the FLC and managing its early growth, culminating in the passing of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act in 1980 and the Federal Technology Transfer Act in 1986.
Harold is a WWII veteran who spent his career in research and development with the DoD. While at the Naval Weapons Center, he was charged with establishing a technology transfer program for the National Science Foundation. His dedication to technology transfer was rooted in his vision of a “Department of Offense,” which would leverage government agencies to address domestic problems and benefit society. Support grew across the federal laboratory network. Harold worked closely with laboratory representatives and helped track national policies and programs, including the 1969 Domestic Action Program for federal laboratories to apply their research for applications for the benefit of society. Under his leadership, the DoD’s program catalyzed key legislative action to formalize technology transfer programs and ultimately build the FLC’s network of federal laboratories. For his years of dedication to cultivating the federal technology transfer community, we honor his legacy of sustained service.
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Winners of the Harold Metcalf Award
|2020||Dr. Robert Griesbach|
|2014||J. Terry Lynch|
|2010||Dr. Theresa Baus|
|2005||Dr. J. Scott Deiter|
|2004||Dr. J. Scott Deiter|
|2003||Dr. Michael Sullivan|