Alabama recognizes Army center for inventions, patents
November 13, 2013
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Nov. 12, 2013) -- The Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center has been recognized by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama for its role in helping to create high-wage jobs for Alabamians.
The award was presented Sept. 27 during the third annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.
Angela Wier, an EDPA vice president, said the awards were created to recognize the state's start-ups, angel investors, researchers, incubators and entities that patent their inventions because they collectively create thousands of high-wage jobs. The EDPA presented 82 awards.
"In Alabama, we do a very good job celebrating the recruitment of industry into the state and the expansion of existing businesses," Wier said. "We recognize that we have a diverse base of technology-rich small companies that collectively create quality jobs for Alabamians. Often, they are off the radar. We want to put the contributors to Alabama's innovation economy on everyone's radar."
On behalf of AMRDEC, Steve Cornelius, director for the Weapons, Development and Integration Directorate, and Cindy Wallace, Office of Research and Technology Applications, accepted the award.
"AMRDEC employees work selflessly everyday to improve and bring the best technology to the war fighter, so it is an honor for us to be recognized by the EDPA," Cornelius said. "North Alabama has a wealth of knowledge and expertise when it comes to developing and fielding cutting edge technology. AMRDEC is proud to be a part of that and we work very hard to make positive contributions to the Soldiers, our community and nation."
Wallace manages AMRDEC's Intellectual Property portfolio and seeks licensing partners for selected commercially viable technologies. She said AMRDEC scientists and engineers are always looking for ways to improve the performance of technology applications not only for the war fighter, but also for citizens.
Wallace continues to participate in collaborative efforts with domestic partners, including other federal government agencies, state and local governments, businesses and universities. Her main mission is to facilitate access of federally-funded Research and Development efforts by private industry, academia, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
The AMRDEC technology portfolio includes approximately 53 issued and pending patents. The ORTA is part of AMRDEC's technology commercialization program, which seeks to stimulate commercial use of AMRDEC-developed technologies. AMRDEC invites companies to consider using this technology through exclusive, nonexclusive, or exclusive field-of-use licensing.
AMRDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.