Alan Brown Tapped to Head the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center

Feb 16, 2006, 00:00 ET from Pittsburgh Technology Council

    PITTSBURGH, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials
 Commercialization Center recently announced that Alan G. Brown, Ph.D., has
 been selected to head the newly formed economic development initiative. The
 center, which was established after securing initial start-up funding from the
 Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, will support nanomaterials
 commercialization activities throughout the commonwealth. The center shares
 its location with the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Catalyst Connection and
 the Doyle Center for Manufacturing Technology in the Pittsburgh Technology
     Brown will serve as the center's executive director, overseeing the
 center's efforts to establish Pennsylvania as the first-to-market leader in
 products and technologies that involve nanomaterials.  This effort will
 involve programs for attracting matching funding from the National
 Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and its participating agencies. The majority
 of this funding will serve to advance the development of commercially
 promising research opportunities within the state's businesses and its
 academic research institutions.
     Initial funding for the center totals $1.6 million and includes a $1
 million defense appropriation to the Air Force Research Laboratory that was
 secured by Congressman Mike Doyle. In addition, $200,000 was contributed from
 the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development through the
 Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority; $200,000 from the Heinz
 Endowments; $100,000 from the Pittsburgh Technology Council and a total of
 $100,000 from four initial corporate participants. The organizing companies
 include Alcoa, BayerMaterial Science, PPG Industries and U.S. Steel.
     Aside from the four initial corporate participants, research institutions
 include Carnegie Mellon University, The Pennsylvania State University and the
 University of Pittsburgh.
     Through the center, these companies and institutions are working together
 to develop a coordinated strategy that can provide leverage to increase
 federal investments in nanotechnology. Among the objectives is to foster
 strong working relationships with the 18 federal agencies that participate in
 the NNI, educating NNI organizations about southwestern Pennsylvania's
 capabilities in nanomaterials commercialization, while educating regional
 firms and universities about federal funding opportunities.
     "I believe that Pennsylvania's economic future depends greatly upon its
 ability to play a leading role in nanotechnology research and development,"
 Congressman Doyle said today. "I've been able to secure important federal
 support for the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center, and now
 we're counting on Alan to make the center a success."
     "We look forward to working with Alan to finalize the center's operating
 structure and to refine our technology road map for positioning Pennsylvania
 as the leading hub for nanomaterials research and commercialization," said
 Steven G. Zylstra, president and chief executive officer of the center.
     Brown joins the center from CAMP Inc. (formerly the Cleveland Advanced
 Manufacturing Program), an economic development organization dedicated to
 investment in emerging technologies in Ohio. He was vice president and chief
 technology officer at CAMP, where he assisted companies and entrepreneurs in
 adopting and supporting advanced technologies, including nanotechnology.
     Brown's former organization was funded under a State of Ohio Edison
 Technology Program.  Prior to this he served as CAMP's director of the
 Manufacturing Extension Partnership center for eight years, and during the
 last two years he specialized in nanomaterials commercialization.
     Before that, he was senior program manager, a consultant, and new product
 introduction manager with Digital Equipment Corp. Previously, he was director
 of engineering at Unitrode Corp. in Worcester, Massachusetts; vice president
 of engineering at National Micronetics; senior project manager at Andersen
 Labs Inc., and he was a research and development scientist at RCA Canada.
     Brown received his Ph.D., in physics from the University of Toronto; he
 earned his masters degree in business from Clark University in Worcester,
 Massachusetts and his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from the
 University of Waterloo in Canada.
     The Pittsburgh Technology Council is among the first and is the largest
 regional technology trade association in the United States with nearly 1,400
 member companies within its geographic territory of 13 counties in
 southwestern Pennsylvania. Its mission is to contribute to the success of the
 region's technology businesses, and it focuses on developing the economic
 strength of three industry clusters: advanced manufacturing, life science and
 information technology.
     Catalyst Connection, an affiliate organization of the Pittsburgh
 Technology Council, operates under contract with the Manufacturing Extension
 Partnership of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S.
 Commerce Department), as well as the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Centers.
     The organization's mission is to advance the performance of the 13-county
 region's small- and medium-sized manufacturing and technology companies.
     The Doyle Center for Manufacturing Technology provides small manufacturing
 enterprises with state-of-the-art technology tools, training and best
 practices to improve the value, quality and responsiveness necessary in
 becoming vital contributors in the supply chains of the U.S. defense industry.
     For more information on the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization
 Center, visit:

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