Dr. Walter Copan of RMIP Nominated to Lead NIST

Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners (RMIP) is pleased to announce that Walter G. Copan, Ph.D., a founding Board member and Director of Technology Transfer and Innovation of RMIP, has been nominated to serve as Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

“Dr. Walter Copan is an exceptional nominee for this important national science and technology leadership position,” said Dr. Ric Denton, CEO of RMIP. “His vast knowledge and practical experience offers the outstanding qualities needed in the next leader of NIST. Walt has made key contributions to RMIP, as well as to innovation, technology transfer and economic development in Colorado. We are excited about this new opportunity for him to contribute on the national stage, and look forward to his confirmation in the near future.”

Dr. Copan is a proven executive with over three decades of successful experience leading organizations in research and development, intellectual property, technology transfer, product development, and global commercialization of innovative technologies. His entrepreneurial ventures include Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (CDTi), which he led to take public on NASDAQ as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President. Previously, he was Managing Director, Technology Commercialization and Partnerships at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Principal Licensing Executive, Technology Transfer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, after his long career in leadership at Lubrizol Corporation. Dr. Copan currently serves as President and CEO of IP Engineering Group Corporation, based in Monument, Colorado.

“The entire team at RMIP joins with members of the public and private sectors across Colorado and heartily congratulates and supports Dr. Copan in this auspicious and worthy nomination,” said David Simmons, the Advanced Technology Liaison and Business Development Director for RMIP, responsible for managing collaborations on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Academy, federal laboratories and other government entities, universities and corporations. “We believe that America will see him as an outstanding choice for NIST.”

About Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, RMIP is a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs accelerate innovation and company growth. RMIP focuses on mentoring and assisting entrepreneurs to build scalable companies and to bring their products and services successfully to market. Led by Dr. Ric Denton, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with extensive experience in taking early-stage companies from concept to multi-million dollar businesses, the RMIP team and their extensive network provide a comprehensive array of services, including access to local, national, and international business resources. For more information, please visit http://www.rmipartners.org.

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