WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the appointment of Chanette Armstrong as the Director of the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT).
“Ms. Armstrong’s engineering background coupled with her extensive private sector experience makes her an outstanding appointment for OTT Director,” said Secretary Perry, “The Department of Energy is already one of the largest supporters of technology transfer within the federal government, and I’m confident that under her leadership, we’ll further accelerate innovation and advance commercialization for the benefit of the American people.”
As the Director of the OTT, Ms. Armstrong’s responsibilities will extend across Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) program offices, its 17 national laboratories and its other research and production facilities across the country. She will also oversee DOE’s Energy Investor Center, the Technology Commercialization Fund, and the coordination of technology transfer activities and best practices across the DOE complex.
In addition to serving as the Director of the OTT, she will also serve as the U.S. Department of Energy Technology Transfer Coordinator, an advisor to the Energy Secretary Perry on technology transfer and commercialization activities. Ms. Armstrong will oversee and advance the DOE’s efforts to spur innovation and accelerate the commercialization of early-stage technologies from the DOE’s laboratories to the marketplace.
OTT was established in 2015 in order to expand the commercial impact of the Department of Energy’s research and development portfolio to advance the economic, energy, and national security interests of the nation.
Ms. Armstrong is a registered patent attorney, holding a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.B.A. from Long Island University, and a J.D. from State University of New Jersey-Rutgers Law School.