DoD Innovator Awardees


Meet Awardees From Across the Defense Enterprise in the DoD Innovator Spotlight Series

The Office of the Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology awards exceptional personnel in the fields of Research and Development, STEM, and Technology Transfer with the following awards:

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter Award recognizes extraordinary service by DoD scientists and engineers that demonstrate exceptional work on behalf of the Department.

STEM Advocate of the Quarter Award recognizes outstanding STEM education and outreach efforts that further the mission of the Department of Defense.

Technology Transfer (T2) Advocate of the Quarter Award recognizes outstanding Technology Transfer efforts that further the mission of the Department of Defense.

George F. Linsteadt Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer (T2) recognizes outstanding efforts made in support and execution of T2 partnerships that promote technology commercialization and license patented government inventions.

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Recent Innovator Awardees

The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) Technology Transfer Program (TTP) accelerates and improves the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. The ORTA team executes a variety of partnerships to protect NSA intellectual property, advance mission and technology, leverage resources, and enable greater efficiency. These partnerships include:

  • Patent License Agreements
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements
  • Education Partnership Agreements
  • Technology Transfer Sharing Agreements
  • Open Source Software

The NSA ORTA Team won the Department of Defense George F. Linsteadt Technology Transfer Award in 2020 for creating and implementing NSA's process for releasing NSA developed capabilities to the open source community.

Linda Burger
George F. Linsteadt Award For Excellence in Technology Transfer

Linda Burger

Director
National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications

Ms. Burger leads a team of technology transfer (T2) professionals that accelerate and improve the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. Her experience includes owning operating an IT business, leading technology based economic development programs for Howard and Frederick counties (MD), and working as a consultant and Systems Analyst in the public and private sectors. She earned a Master of Administrative Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from UMBC, and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).


Karen Presley
George F. Linsteadt Award For Excellence in Technology Transfer

Karen Presley

Deputy Director
National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications

Ms. Presley leads a team of technology transfer (T2) professionals that accelerate and improve the exchange of expertise between NSA and other government agencies, academia, and industry. Her experience includes owning and operating an IP Solutions business and working as an IP attorney with law firms in the Washington DC area. She has worked as an electrical engineer with the FBI and as a computer Systems Engineer within the private sector. She is a barred attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University, earned a Masters of Law degree in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the North Carolina A&T State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from New York Stern School of Business. Ms. Presley is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).


Kiana Y. Williams
George F. Linsteadt Award For Excellence in Technology Transfer

Kiana Y. Williams

Intellectual Property Portfolio Manager
National Security Agency (NSA) Office of Research and Technology Applications

In her current position, she focuses on intellectual property (IP) valuation and technology management through problem analyzing, strategic planning for desired outcomes, and effective solution implementation. Her experience includes working as an attorney at several firms in Texas, a licensing contractor for the Department of Defense, a technical analyst for a consulting company, and a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is a barred attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University, earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from George Washington University, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University. Ms. Williams is also a registered patent practitioner with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Williams is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Meet DoD Innovator Awardees

Annie Bullock-Yoder

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Annie Bullock-Yoder

Steven Corbin

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Steven Corbin

Jenna Dix

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Jenna Dix

Dr. Abigail Juhl

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Abigail Juhl

Dr. Oscar A. Perez

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Oscar A. Perez

Dr. Edward Diehl

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Edward Diehl

Tiffany Owens

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Tiffany Owens

Dr. Igor Linkov

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Igor Linkov

Dr. Khanh D. Pham

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Khanh D. Pham

Dr. Jonathan Vernon

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Jonathan Vernon

Ms. Sarah Buttrick

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Ms. Sarah Buttrick

Dr. Cynthia Gagliano Doil

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Cynthia Gagliano Doil

Dr. Benjamin Gould

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Benjamin Gould

Dr. Gregory Anderson

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Gregory Anderson

Kyle Verrinder

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Kyle Verrinder

Adam Wechsler

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Adam Wechsler

John Bennewitz

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
John Bennewitz

Tim Miedzinski

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Tim Miedzinski