DC Perspective

FLC Welcomes New D.C. Office Program Manager


At the start of the 2018 fiscal year, the FLC ushered in several new members to its Executive Board. With this changing of the guard, the FLC’s longtime DC Liaison, Gary Jones, announced his retirement after more than a decade representing the organization on Capitol Hill. Thus began the search for a replacement to directly support federal agencies and our member laboratories’ technology transfer missions in D.C.

The FLC is excited to welcome Tobin McGregor as the organization’s D.C. office Program Manager. As the FLC’s Program Manager, McGregor will serve as the organization’s primary representative on Capitol Hill and, in this capacity, contribute strategic guidance for progressing the organization’s vision and technology transfer efforts. Providing direct support to FLC federal Agency Representatives, he engages with congressional committees and leaders to promote the mission and T2 initiatives of the FLC and its member laboratories. The Program Manager also works with state and local government entities and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) offices to develop key strategic relationships aimed at accelerating T2 activity to derive an economic impact.

McGregor joins the FLC with 25 years of experience in technology development and transition. In 2014, he established a consulting practice that provided technology transition services primarily to the Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) community through his SBIR to low-rate initial production (LRIP) program established in 2015. McGregor serves as a consultant to the U.S. Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM), supporting the Army’s Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program by providing project and technology transition assistance. Within this role, he recently managed development of the Army’s Additive Manufacturing Technology Roadmap and co-authored the final report. He also provides government and congressional affairs services to organizations seeking to educate members of Congress and the Executive Branch (e.g., the Office of Science and Technology Policy [OSTP]) on the importance of federal investment in research and development, as well as advocating public-private collaboration in general. Of particular interest to McGregor is the efficient transition and integration of innovative technologies and products into DoD systems and platforms, and the transfer of federally developed technology to the private sector for commercial and/or dual-use applications.

Prior to his recent consulting roles, McGregor spent ten years with Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI), a government relations firm based in Washington, D.C., serving as partner and vice president in 2006. During his time at SMI, he worked extensively within the defense and aerospace industries and across a broad spectrum of technical disciplines. He managed a substantial client portfolio from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups and, during this period, SMI generated over $500 million in federal funding to support the development and deployment of advanced technologies. McGregor also established a formal technology scouting practice within SMI that included clients such as Boeing, Raytheon Integrated Defense, and Raytheon Missile Systems.

Preceding his time at SMI, he served as Program Manager for Technology Transfer and Commercialization for a contractor to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's MEP program, where he was responsible for the implementation and management of technology transfer and commercialization programs in several states. McGregor’s successful program with MEP was featured in Inc. Magazine in 2001.

McGregor began his career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the Office of Advanced Concepts and Technology; and, he later completed assignments with the Missile Defense Agency's SBIR program and the National Technology Transfer Center. During his years at NASA, McGregor was initially involved with the management of joint-NASA industry/academia collaborative materials research projects in the Space Shuttle’s mid-deck lockers and cargo bay, but soon became heavily involved with NASA’s technology transfer program and related initiatives.

McGregor attended the University of Maine and was awarded an internship at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in NASA’s Office of Commercial Programs, where he first became knowledgeable and interested in technology transfer. Throughout his career, McGregor has sought to enhance and augment his professional skills through formal development programs, including earning certificates in Lean Manufacturing from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Advancement Center, and Technology and Product Strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

McGregor is married to France Bognon, a human rights attorney specializing in women’s rights in post-conflict regions in the Middle East and North Africa. They have a daughter, Isla, who is two years old, and five rescue dogs, with whom they share a small farm northwest of Washington, D.C.

The FLC is pleased to have McGregor onboard, and is eager to learn from his leadership and the momentum he brings for advancing technology transfer initiatives.

To reach out to Tobin McGregor directly, contact tmcgregor@federallabs.org.

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