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By Steering Committee for Government-Industry Partnership for the Development of New Technologies, Technology, and Economic Policy Board on Science, National Research Council, Charles W. Wessner

NASA Ames study heart, within the middle of Silicon Valley, is embarking on a software to boost a technological know-how and know-how park bringing jointly major businesses and universities to capitalize on Ames extraordinary challenge and placement. different tasks into account contain the mixing of SBIR delivers with a deliberate on-site incubator, digital collaboration, and probably a brand new public enterprise capital software. The STEP Board was once requested by way of the NASA Administrator to carry a one-day symposium to study those tasks. This file comprises commissioned learn papers and a precis of the complaints of the symposium equipped in line with the NASA request.

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Ames is looking at three elements to understand these processes. The first is the carbon nanotube junction. This has been studied theoretically, using computational electronics, to see if such a junction is possible and how it might perform electronically. The second element is self-assembly at the molecular level, with potential electronic uses. Ames biologists are studying a donut-shaped molecule found in a certain “extremophile,” an organism that flourishes in extreme conditions (in this case hot water).

34) write: “One of the conceptual difficulties is that there is no consensus about the definition of success.... The most commonly cited goals relate to economic development. ” 19 Ibid, p. 35. 28 A REVIEW OF THE NEW INITIATIVES AT THE NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER To address the metrics gap, Luger and Goldstein have developed multiple approaches to measure success. One is to evaluate performance against stated goals, as written into legislation and found in documents and interviews. They also use a multiple case-study approach, along with a quasi-experimental design, comparing areas with parks to similar areas without parks.

18 Park developers often describe beneficial changes as results of park creation, but the park’s contribution to change is difficult to gauge. For example, many of the jobs attracted to a park might have come to the region in the absence of a park. Conversely, jobs created outside a park may be a function of the park’s existence. 19 uses a measure of “high-tech spatial concentration” to describe “Tech-Poles” through the country. In his evaluation, the Tech-Pole of Silicon Valley ranks more than three times higher than its closest competitor.

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