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Created in1958, one of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's founding purposes was to further technology transfer between the government and commercial sector.

The NASA Industrial Application Centers were started in the 1960s to further this purpose, with the USC branch opening in 1967. For 31 years, technology transfer has been a key element at USC and the Engineering Technology Transfer Center continues that tradition of excellence.
1967
NIAC Started
 
The NASA Industrial Application Center, first founded at USC, opened its doors to further technology transfer via information searches.
1976
Subsidised Information Searches
 
The USC NIAC began subsidized information searches for small businesses to better locate helpful technologies.
1982
Information Services Expanded
 
Subsidezed information services were expanded to cover the Small Business Innovation Research program to improve chances for success and winning awards for small businesses.
1982
RISS Launched
 
The Remote Interactive Search Service was launched to allow an information user at a remote site to participate in a search via a specialized computer modem link.
1983
Delve Into Internet
 
To increase immediate communication between NIAC, NASA and other federal labs, the center begins utilizing electronic mail through the Internet.
1984
Affiliate Network Starts
 
With three inital states, the USC NIAC initates concept of using satellite offices to give NASA a technology transfer presence outside the limited in-state range of NIAC's main office.
1991
Affiliate Network Expands
 
By the early nineties the USC NIAC boasted affiliates in 13 states, more than any other NIAC.
1992
USC Selected at RTTC
 
USC wins competition to operate the NASA Far West Regional Technology Transfer Center, one of six located throughout the United States. The RTTCs replaced the NIACs in the NASA technology transfer system.
1993
Further Utilization of Internet
 
While the center had used electronic mail since the 1980s, a Gopher, then web site were launched to increase awareness regarding the Far West RTTC's mission.
1994
Wins TRP Award
 
The RTTC Network wins Technology Reinvestment Project award to defense conversion. The project was designed to provide business and technical assistance for defense dependent firms that were seeking to diversify. Far West RTTC budget and staff size doubled.
1995
Change in Management Reporting
 
The Far West RTTC begins reporting to Ames Research Center, rather than NASA Headquarters, as had previousally been done.
1997
ETTC Formed
 
To offer an increased range of services, the USC Engineering school creates the ETTC to manage several programs, which include the NASA Far West RTTC, Commercial Services and the International Programs Office.
1999
Wins Justin
Morill Award

 
USC ETTC wins the Justin Morill Award for excelence in technology transfer from the Technology Transfer Society.
2000
T2S Board Member

ETTC Project Manager elected as Vice President of Operations to the Board of Directors of the Technology Transfer Society (T2S).

2001
Wins New Contract
 
USC ETTC wins highly competitive contract to operate NASA Far West Regional Technology Transfer Center for five more years.
2001
Wins $750K EDA Award
 
USC ETTC is the recipient of a $750,000 Public Works Program Grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
2001
Wins NSF Grant

USC ETTC and the USC Marshall School of Business are partners in a newly awarded grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the National Network for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (N2TEC)

2004
Blue Ribon Taskforce on Nano-technology

 
USC ETTC Director named to join the Policy and Ethics subcommittee.
     
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