A licensing ceremony announcing The Enterprise Center’s first technology transfer initiative was conducted August 13, 2008. The event, hosted by Congressman Zach Wamp, was held at the SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering.
The product developed for commercialization is the Rapid Deployment Shelter System (RDSS), a portable, compact, high-tech shelter that can be used for a variety of missions including natural disaster sites, emergency management, military, law enforcement and other temporary housing projects around the globe. The shelters will be manufactured in the Tennessee Valley by Adaptive Methods, Inc., in a factory to be located in Chattanooga to employ more than 100 engineers and production personnel.
Key speakers at the ceremony in addition to Congressman Wamp, were Keith Buckner, Adaptive Methods, manufacturer of the RDSS; Randy Spickard, B&W Y-12, licensor of the RDSS; J. Wayne Cropp, The Enterprise Center, facilitator of the technology transfer; Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield; and Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey. Prior to the signing ceremony, speakers addressed the impact of the technology transfer and its current and future significance to the region and the nation.
The RDSS was the invention of B&W Y-12. The technology was named one of the 100 U.S. R&D Awards for 2007.
Licensing of the Rapid Deployment Shelter System is the culmination of a body of work executed by B&W Y-12, Adaptive Methods, and The Enterprise Center over several months to ensure the development of agreements involving all parties, including services needed to support the work of Adaptive Methods.
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