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Krannert Executive Forum - Amanda Horansky McKinney

Amanda Horansky McKinney

Amanda Horansky McKinney

Head of Technology Transfer Office
U. S. Naval Research Laboratory

Amanda Horansky McKinney is the Head of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). In this role, she is responsible for NRL’s research-focused collaborations and related partnerships with industry and academia as well as the licensing and management of NRL’s intellectual property portfolio of over 1200 active patents.  She is passionate about helping NRL scientists collaborate with these partners to both provide funding for NRL's research and to grow its technologies into viable products for Government and commercial sector utilization. Prior to this role, she served in both senior and junior Partnership Manager roles in Technology Transfer at NRL. She has served as a Member-at-Large on the Federal Lab Consortium (FLC) Executive Board and as the FLC Education and Training Committee Chair, responsible for the national-level training program for technology transfer professionals government-wide. Additionally, she is active in a number of Navy efforts in support of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), technology transfer training, and Navy-wide technology transfer strategy.

Before joining NRL, Amanda worked in product line development strategy and consulting for Analog Devices, Inc. in Norwood, MA and as a design engineer on Motorola's first 3G cell phone hardware platform team in Chicago. She earned her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University and later received an MBA from Purdue.

Amanda lives in the DC metro area with her husband Jason, also a Purdue alum (BSEE, MSEE, PhD), 8-year-old daughter (and hopefully future Boilermaker) Harper, and their animal kingdom of three dogs and two cats.