Jennifer Caldwell is Director of Technology Transfer. Previously, Caldwell led the Technology Commercialization Group in the Partnerships Office at ORNL, which is operated and managed by UT-Battelle, LLC. She manages the Technology Commercialization Group which is responsible for intellectual property portfolio management, licensing, and technology transfer. Caldwell works closely with businesses in our community and nation-wide to bring emerging technologies from research institutions to the marketplace.
Prior to joining ORNL in 2006, Caldwell commercialized technology at Research Corporation Technology, Inc. (RCT) located in Tucson, Arizona. RCT is a technology management company that licenses technology and invests in promising early-stage biomedical companies and innovations. She managed and licensed a technology portfolio concentrating in life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Florida State University in 1994 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (with emphasis in Biochemistry) from the University of Florida in 2000. Before pursuing a Ph.D., she was employed by EG&G Florida, Inc. at Kennedy Space Center as an Environmental Health Specialist.
Her desire to see science and technology benefit communities is also reflected in her work with primary and secondary school aged children. Caldwell has dedicated herself to engaging young students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities by bringing hands-on demonstrations and science experiments to public school classrooms. Her community involvement also includes Junior Achievement, PTA Science Lab, and mentoring professionals entering the field of technology commercialization.
Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium
2023 Electrifying the entrepreneurial spirit of a food-waste-to-fuel startup.
2022 ORNL Partners with Ateios Systems through License for Paper-Thin, Customizable Batteries
2022 SCIEX Licenses ORNL’s CellSight Innovation and Markets Echo MS
2021 ORNL and Sparkz Work to Make Lithium Batteries Cobalt-Free, Boosting EV Market Potential
2018 Award for Licensing ORNL's High-Performance, Low Cost Alloys to Eck Industries.
2017 Award for SCIEX License of ORNL's Open Port Sampling Interface for Mass Spectrometry.
2017 Award for Miniature Ion Mas Analyzer License by 908 Devices Inc.
2015 Recognition as Woman@Energy by the U.S. Department of Energy.
2015 Awardee of the YWCA Tribute to Woman in Business and Professional Leadership.
2009 Award for ORNL's Surface Sampling Probe for Mass Spectrometry.
2015 Awardee of the YWCA Tribute to Woman in Business and Professional Leadership
2015 Recognition as Woman@Energy by the U.S. Department of Energy
1999 ACS Women Chemists Recognition