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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.
NIAC Started
The NASA Industrial Application Center, first founded at USC, opened its doors to further technology transfer via information searches.
Subsidised Information Searches
The USC NIAC began subsidized information searches for small businesses to better locate helpful technologies.
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.
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.
Delve Into Internet
To increase immediate communication between NIAC, NASA and other federal labs, the center begins utilizing electronic mail through the Internet.
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.
Affiliate Network Expands
By the early nineties the USC NIAC boasted affiliates in 13 states, more than any other NIAC.
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.
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.
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.
Change in Management Reporting
The Far West RTTC begins reporting to Ames Research Center, rather than NASA Headquarters, as had previousally been done.
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.
Wins Justin
Morill Award

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

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

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

Blue Ribon Taskforce on Nano-technology

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