Barbara E. Selby Headquarters, Washington, D.C. June 10, 1992 (Phone: 703/557-5609) James A.

Richter National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Inc. Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phone: 313/995-0300) RELEASE: 92-85 TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFER PROGRAM ESTABLISHED Through a recent letter agreement, NASA and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Inc. (NCMS), Ann Arbor, Mich., have established a continuing program for technology development and transfer between NASA and NCMS and its member companies to advance the state of U.S. manufacturing. NASA and NCMS have agreed to establish procedures and principles for research endeavors in the area of advanced manufacturing sciences. NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and NCMS President Edward A. Miller signed the agreement at the May 29 National Technology Initiative Conference in Pasadena, Calif. NASA and NCMS will establish a continuing program that emphasizes advancing manufacturing sciences and technologies which include energy-efficient and environmentally sound processes, tools, materials and techniques that improve the quality, reliability and competitiveness of U.S. manufactured products. "Technology transfer has been an integral part of NASA for the past 30 years," said Goldin. "Through collaborative efforts with industry, NASA has contributed greatly to the U.S. economy by using its aerospace technology as the basis for tens of thousands of successful spinoff products and processes."

Cooperative efforts for this program will include information exchange in agreed-upon areas of cooperation, technical workshops to identify technology transfer opportunities, collaborative applications engineering projects to adapt NASA technology for use by the U.S. manufacturing industry and cooperative research and development. -more-2NCMS President Miller called the agreement "a critical step on the road toward world-class manufacturing in the 21st century. "We are seeing a new spirit of collaboration in both the public and private sectors," he noted. "Partnerships combining the strengths of manufacturers, government entities and academic institutions are emerging on a number of fronts. "These are partnerships that will not only help bolster the nation's position in world markets but also its economic stability here at home. With this agreement -- and others like it -- we are at the forefront of a new way of doing business in America," Miller said. The program will be implemented by individual sub-agreements between NASA field centers and NCMS member companies. NCMS, a nonprofit corporation, is authorized to act on behalf of its member companies, which include over 150 large, medium and small U.S. manufacturing firms. -end-