RICHARD RANKIN is the Director of the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO). Rich is a Technology Transfer Professional with more than 35 years' experience in the development, management and commercialization of innovative technology. Before joining Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Rich had ~35 years' experience at the Idaho National Laboratory. Most recently he served concurrently as a Program Director responsible for building innovative new programs in Energy and Environment and as the Executive Director of the Mountain West Water Institute, a highly visible research collaboration with significant regional impact. Prior to this, Rich served in several roles in technology transfer and commercialization, including as the head of the INL Technology Transfer Office, as well as managing the Licensing, Business Development, Intellectual Property and International activities of the Laboratory and as a Principal Investigator and Manager in the R&D organizations. A recipient of the INL Lifetime Achievement Award for Inventorship, Rich was inducted into the INL Inventors Hall of Fame in 2003. Amongst others, he has received an R&D 100 Award, a George Westinghouse Innovation Award for the Westinghouse Corporations' top inventors and a George Westinghouse Signature Award for engineering excellence. He has both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry, as well as additional education in international business, engineering and environmental science.