ORTA Foundations

Dates: September 15-26, 2022

Meets: Th and M from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Location: Online

No Fee: $0.00

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About ORTA Foundations

ORTA Foundations will equip participants with the concepts and tools necessary to succeed as a competent ORTA in support of the DoD mission.

  • Introduction to DOD Tech Transfer Processes
  • Intellectual Property and Inventions
  • Technology Disclosure and Inventor Management 
  • Invention Evaluation and IP Protection 
  • T2 Tools, Partnerships, Management, Reporting and Resources

Travel Costs

Capstone participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

Important Dates:

Online Start Date: Monday 12 September
Online End Date: Friday 4 November
In-person Capstone Event: 15 - 17 November in beautiful Bozeman, Montana

Fee:   $0.00



This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Amanda Horansky-Mckinney

Amanda served as the Head of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for more than 5 years. In this role, she was 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. 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 was 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.

Darin Oelkers

Darin is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP™) with more than 23 total years as a business development professional focused on innovation commercialization. His broad professional background includes diverse experience in Fortune 100, independent business consultancy, and multiple non-profit settings. This is 18th year in technology transfer, encompassing US and UK federal laboratories, an American land grant R1 research university, and a graduate-only research university in Saudi Arabia. His licensing efforts have generated more than $600 million in total economic impact and supported 2,278 job years.
He is an accomplished speaker and presenter. Darin's has served as a panelist for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and presented at the LES Annual Meeting, the joint LES/AUTM Spring Meeting, the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) National Meeting, and multiple U.S. Department of Defense Technology Transfer Training Workshops. He has also authored more than a dozen successful nominations for FLC and DoD technology transfer national awards.
Date Day Time Location
09/15/2022Thursday2 PM to 3 PM Online
09/19/2022Monday2 PM to 3 PM Online
09/22/2022Thursday2 PM to 3 PM Online
09/26/2022Monday2 PM to 3 PM Online

Weekly Content: Online classes will be released each Monday, for a total of 15 classes over an eight-week period (12 September - 4 November). This allows participants to review course content throughout the week at times that work best for their individual schedule. In-person Capstone Event: Join course participants for the ninth and final week in Bozeman, Montana for two and a half days of in-person learning and case study analysis 15 - 17 November. Funding for capstone event travel is not included with course enrollment.

Get real-time answers to questions and challenges during four live sessions throughout the course.


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