RICHMOND, Va. (NNS) -- The Federal Laboratory Consortium presented an Excellence in Technology Transfer award to a Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head mechanical engineer, Oct. 7 in Richmond, Va.
Presented to Mark Heinrichs at the 2010 Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, the award recognizes Heinrichs' work developing a lightweight version of the Joint Modular Intermodal Container (JMIC), specifically designed to secure, store and deliver up to 1,500 pounds of supplies which can be used for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
Heinrichs, who works at the Naval Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation Center in Earle, N.J., established a cooperative research and development agreement with NextGen Containers of Birmingham, Ala., to help create the lightweight JMIC for the Marine Corps, but the system may be able to be marketed for private humanitarian relief use as well.
"Hopefully the work we're doing in [Defense Department] can be enjoyed by the private sector," said Heinrichs, upon receiving the award.
While the lightweight JMIC containers are designed to store and deliver supplies for military missions, they can also be used during disaster relief missions and other potential activities to transport humanitarian aid. The Navy and NextGen hope to focus on civilian medical uses for the lightweight JMIC to help rapidly deploy medical supplies and equipment during emergencies.
Organized in 1974, the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace.
The Naval Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation Center is a detachment of NSWC Indian Head, whose mission is to research, develop, test, evaluate, and produce energetics and energetic systems for our fighting forces around the globe. NSWC Indian Head is recognized as the nation's premier resource for energetics technology, development and innovation. Seventy-five percent of all explosives deployed in U.S. weapons since 1985 have been developed by NSWC IHD.
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