Amanda Horansky McKinney became the Head of Technology Transfer at the Naval Research Laboratory in April 2017, following nearly a decade as a licensing associate in the office. In her previous position, Amanda’s key role was as the resident “CRADA expert,” responsible for the management and execution of NRL’s CRADAs. She is passionate about helping NRL scientists collaborate with industry and academia to both provide funding for NRL’s research and to grow its technologies into viable products for Government and commercial sector utilization. To additionally support that, Amanda has facilitated and negotiated numerous license agreements for NRL technologies to commercial companies. She also currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the FLC Executive Board, and serves on a number of Navy and FLC Committees in support of CRADAs, technology transfer training, and Government and Navy-wide technology transfer strategy.
Prior to joining NRL, Amanda worked in product line development strategy and consulting for Analog Devices, and as a design engineer on Motorola’s first 3G cell phone hardware platform team, among other large technology companies.
She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and was awarded an M.B.A. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.