Master of Ceremonies
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mike Schwenk, director of Technology Deployment and Outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has 30 years of technical and business management experience in government, non-profit and corporate settings. For the past 10 years, he's championed numerous efforts that moved leading research out of the science laboratory and into the business community, including overseeing intellectual property and commercial business activities.
Mike offers a unique perspective on how businesses large and small can use the vast resources of a national laboratory to increase revenue and stimulate innovation. He is an advocate of private and public collaborations that pair the best of government resources and private-sector know-how to solve the nation's most pressing challenges. All of this has also led to an appreciation of what "technology-based economic development" means and how to go about it, regardless of size or location of community.
In 2008, he was named Tri-Citian of the Year, an annual recognition awarded to an individual in the community who has demonstrated "service above self," as well as outstanding leadership and contribution for positive development, economic growth and quality of life in the Tri-Cities. In his community, Mike currently chairs the Three Rivers Community Roundtable, is chair of the Tri-City Development Council, and serves on the board of the Tri-City Education Advisory Council. Regionally, he is heavily engaged with Washington State University, serving on the College of Business National Board of Advisors, the board of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and chairing the WSU Research Foundation and the WSU-Tri-Cities Advisory Council.