Saturday, December 16, 2017


The purpose of this award is to recognize NOAA scientific, engineering, and technical employees for: (1) inventions or other outstanding scientific or technological contributions of value to the United States due to commercial applications and (2) exemplary activities that promote the domestic transfer of science and technology developed within NOAA and result in the use of such science and technology by American industry or business, universities, State or local Government, or other non-Federal parties.

For more information on eligibility and selection procedures, please review the guidance document.

NOAA Technology Transfer Award Winners


  • Steve Breidenbach, John Ellingson, Kendall Francher, Charlie Geoghagen, Tim Hanson, Dave Zenk, Brian Ward  For exceptional performance in the design and transfer of procedures and supporting equipment to complete geodetic leveling across wide rivers.

  • Edward Meyer  - For innovative design of floating surface collectors, a major advancement in economical, safe, and effective fish passage for the hydropower industry.


  • Elaine Harrell, Shawn Puyear  - For developing a real-time, online monitoring and tracking system for Gulf of Mexico and Highly Migratory Species catch share programs.

  • Ian Taylor  - For leading development, management, dissemination, and teaching of R4SS to improve the assessment and management of our nation’s fisheries resources.

  • Timothy S. Hunter  - For demonstrated success in, and commitment to, transferring hydrometeorological research and data products to international and Great Lakes constituents.

  • John Ogren, Patrick Sheridan, James Wendell  - For developing a small and robust instrument to monitor light absorption by atmospheric aerosols, and recruiting a manufacturer to produce it commercially.


  • Ralph Ferraro, Limin Zhao, Robert Kuligowski, and Donna McNamara  For greatly increasing the usefulness of state-of-the-art NOAA polar satellite information by the TV broadcaster community.

    Petrus Tans  For developing AirCore, a revolutionary technology for collecting air continuously from 100,000 ft. to the surface with exceptional data resolution.

  • Frances Van Dolah  For commercialization and regulatory approval of NOAA biotechnology that ensures the safety of U.S. shellfish and reduces impediments to international trade.

  • James Farr  For providing the chemical industry, first responders, and emergency planners with comprehensive access to critical chemical compatibility predictions.


  • Steven Ansari, Stephen Del Greco  - For developing the Weather and Climate Toolkit to allow complex weather and climate data to be useful for a wide range of users in the public and private sectors.
  • Mark Ziemer, Mike DeWeese, Andrea Holz, Johathon Thurnburg, Dan Luna - For developing with the private sector, the first real-time flood forecast inundation mapping system, and transferring its operation to the partners.
  • David Paul Jorgensen - For leading the development of an on-demand, near real-time, web-based tool for tracking severe weather and hail swaths across the continental US.


  • Michael Rust, Ken Massee, Thomas Wade, Matthew Cook - National Marine Fisheries Service:   For developing and transferring sablefish hatchery technology to industry and establish sablefish as a new marine species for aquaculture in the U.S.

  • Kelly Goodwin, Chris Sinigalliano - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research:  For exceptional leadership in the development and transfer to the private and academic sectors of the Microbial Source Tracking (MST) tools capable of identifying sources of contamination in coastal waters and allowing city and county managers to devise mitigation strategies to restore water quality, decrease risks to human health, and preserve coastal economies.


  • Christopher Sabine, Stacy Maenner Jones, Christian Meinig, Noah Lawrence-Slavas, Patrick D. McLain, Randy E. Bott, -  Oceanic and Atmospheric Research:  For developing a sensor to measure carbon dioxide concentrations in the surface ocean and overlying atmosphere, and transferring this design to a commercial vendor.

  • Robert A. Rozumalski - National Weather Service:  For developing, supporting, and facilitating the transfer of forecasting technology between NOAA's National Weather Service and the global weather forecasting community.


  • Harold Barnett - National Marine Fisheries:  For development and commercialization of a process to transform fish processing wastes into high quality fish meal and oil for aquaculture feeds.

  • Dusan Zrnic - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research: For developing a novel way to measure linear orthogonal polarimetric variables without a switch that was patented and transferred to the private sector producing significant savings in the implementation of commercial dual polarization radars.