Paul Zielinski

Paul Zielinski, Executive Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), where he leads high quality support to over 300 federal agencies, laboratories and research centers to accomplish their joint mission to foster commercialization best practices and accelerate federal technologies out of the labs and into the marketplace.  

Prior to this role, Paul has served for over 30 years as a federal manager, engineer, and scientist.  Most recently, Paul served as the Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), leading NIST’s technology transfer activities including patents, licenses, cooperative research, and the NIST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  He also led interagency technology transfer policy issues including serving as the Co-Chair of the National Science and Technology Council Lab to Market Subcommittee, Chair of the Interagency Workgroup for Technology Transfer and Interagency Workgroup for Bayh-Dole, and two terms as the Chair of the FLC.  

Mr. Zielinski has also worked at other federal agencies in the development and deployment of technology, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE).  He has served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army including duty in Korea, Panama, Germany, and the US.  

Mr. Zielinski has an MS in Civil Engineering, an MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship, a bachelor’s degree in biology, and earned a Certificate of Mastery in Leadership from the Federal Executive Institute.