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
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: http://www.pananocenter.org.
SOURCE Pittsburgh Technology Council