National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council (NAC) advises the Executive Board and is comprised of advisors from the FLC’s user communities, i.e., industry, academia, state and local governments, and federal laboratories. Each NAC advisor brings a wealth of technology transfer expertise and experience when offering their recommendations to the Executive Board. 


Ric Trotta

National Advisory Council Chair

Phone: 631-424-3700

Ric C. Trotta, current chair of the FLC National Advisory Council, has extensive senior level corporate and management consulting experience in business development, technology and strategic management. As President and senior consultant at Trotta Associates, he works with government, industry, and academic clients to identify market opportunities, develop business plans and facilitate strategic alliances. Product areas have included: medical devices, advanced transportation, energy, defense systems, security, food safety and consumer products. Prior to founding Trotta Associates, he was Corporate Director of Development for Grumman Corp., where he managed all research and development and proposal resources to develop new business for the company’s Aerospace, Electronics, Transportation and Data Systems divisions.

Michelle Atchison

Phone: 703-946-0413

Dr. Michelle Atchison leads relations for the University of Texas System with the Department of Defense and Federal Laboratories, focusing on research and collaborative opportunities. Before joining the UT System, Michelle served nearly ten years in leadership positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation focused Strategic Partnerships for Research and Development across the corporation, DOD and Federal Laboratories. Michelle served 27 years active duty in the Air Force in a variety of command and operational duties. Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, a Master’s degree from Catholic University, and her Doctorate from George Washington University.

Robert Heard

Phone: 405-848-3572

Robert Heard is a Managing Director and Founder of Cimarron Capital Partners. The firm is an investor in venture capital and private equity funds and serves public and private investors in the U.S. and Latin America. In 1994, Robert formed Edge Development Capital, Inc., the predecessor to Cimarron. Edge serves as fund manager of Cimarron Business Capital, LLC, and, through an affiliate, as manager of the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board. Robert has helped build organizations that support the growth of the entrepreneurial economy. He has served as a founding director of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, Latin American Venture Capital Association, Technology Ventures Summit, and WBTshowcase.

Richard Jacobsen

Phone: 208-533-8110

Dr. Richard Jacobsen is the Executive Director of Research and Technology Transfer and Professor of Nuclear Engineering for Idaho State University. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He also serves as Chair of the Board on Research and Technology Development for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His background includes nine years as Dean of Engineering at the University of Idaho, four years as Dean of Engineering at Idaho State University and five and a half years in the role at INL mentioned above. He also served for several years as the director of the Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies at the University of Idaho, an approximately one million dollar a year research center when he left to join the national laboratory.

David Koegel

Dept. of Energy
Phone: 202-586-8831

David E. Koegel is the senior technology transfer advisor in the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He began his federal career in 1985 as a chemical engineer at the U. S. Army’s Night Vision and Electro-Optic Laboratory, where he worked on the development of infrared detector materials. He spent several years at the Pentagon, working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and Acquisition, most significantly during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He then joined the DOE, where he organized and led peer reviews of on-going DOE programs. He managed the American Textiles (AMTEX) partnership program, which transferred technology developed by DOE national laboratories to industry to enhance their economic competitiveness. He was a program manager in the Advanced Energy Projects division and then the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program before becoming the Office of Science small business program manager. He is currently in the Office of Laboratory Policy, where he plays a central role in the annual evaluation of the ten Office of Science national laboratories and advises the applied DOE programs on processes to evaluate other DOE laboratories. He is an Office of Science representative to the DOE Technology Transfer Policy Board, has served many years as the DOE representative to the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), and represents the department on the Interagency Working Group for Technology Transfer. Most recently, he helped represent the DOE in the “Lab-to-Market” effort led by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a Master of Science in materials science engineering from the University of Arizona and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Richard Paul

Vice Chair, Retired

Phone: 425-373-6542

Dick Paul is immediate past chair of the Industrial Research Institute, formerly Vice President, Strategic Development & Analysis for Boeing's Phantom Works, the company's research and development organization, dedicated to advancing the company's competitiveness through technology development, process improvement, and new product development. During his Air Force career, Paul served in two Air Force laboratories, a product center, Headquarters of two major commands, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon, and a joint staff assignment. In his last assignment, he served in a dual-hatted position as the Air Force Technology Executive Officer and commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Kathleen Robertson

Athena Strategies
Phone: 202-256-2661

Dr. Kathleen Robertson, President of Athena Strategies, works directly with the senior leadership of the Navy, OSD and DHS on issues concerning acquisition and organization strategies as well as alternatives for improved operational effectiveness in areas of Battle Management C2 and Training/Readiness Alternatives. Previously a senior level consultant to Fortune 500 companies in the development of international business and tax strategies, she was asked to be Director of Research and Analysis on the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces. At the conclusion of that study, she joined a government think tank as project director of the National Shipbuilding Business Strategy Game and the National Research and Development Technology Game. Both of these involved senior managers from government departments as well as the military, CEO’s of major corporations, investment bankers and venture capitalists as well as policy makers from both the legislative and executive branches. In addition to her private sector work, she recently held an appointment as the Program Director for Wargaming and Acquisition Strategy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Joseph Zarzycki

Phone: 262-456-0530

Jim Zarzycki is the former director of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He has over 25 years of leadership at public and private organizations dealing with toxic and hazardous materials. He has worked in the Army's Chemical Demilitarization and Installation Program, as well as at the Army Chemical Systems Laboratory (now the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center). There he directed the efforts of over 1,600 scientists, engineers, and technicians working in chemical and biological defense, smoke obscurants, and nonlethal weapons technologies. He also managed technology development efforts in support of several important national security programs, including chemical demilitarization, chemical and biological warfare treaties, and chemical and biological counterterrorism.