Mike Kluse, director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been named 2012 Laboratory Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium.
The annual award honors directors of federal laboratories who have made significant contributions that support technology transfer inside and outside their organizations.
Kluse has served as laboratory director since 2007, and during that time PNNL has filed 1,216 invention disclosures and received 217 U.S. patents and dozens of foreign patents. It has issued 147 new licenses, earned 16 R&D 100 awards and earned 12 Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer.
Also under Kluse's leadership, the Department of Energy national lab in Richland has been involved in the formation of Innovate Washington, a nonprofit organization that aims to accelerate technological innovation in Washington by bringing together universities, national labs, entrepreneurs and others involved in technology transfer.
Kluse also strongly supported the streamlining of PNNL's technology transfer operations, according to PNNL.