Rob Griesbach earned a Ph.D. in genetics from Michigan State University in 1980. The following year, he joined USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). In 2007, Rob joined the USDA-ARS Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) as the Technology Transfer Coordinator for the Beltsville Area. In this position, he was responsible for negotiating technology transfer agreements and for providing advice to the 250 scientists within the Beltsville Area. In 2010, Rob became the OTT Deputy Assistant Administrator. In this position, he coordinates programs to optimize the transfer of research results across USDA-ARS to the private sector and other users for development and commercialization. Rob also provides leadership and policies advice for the management of the Agency’s intellectual property.
Nominee Statement: With the increased emphasis on increasing the impact of Federal research outcomes, I would like to continue and expand the outreach activities to the academic and private sector through regional forums and workshops. Through these workshops and forums, scientists maybe be able to collaborate with other federal and academic scientists performing similar research. In this way, federal research outcomes maybe leveraged to increase their economic impact.