Friday, September 16, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
UCF I-Corps Seminar by Michael O’Donnell
CREOL Room 103
About UCF I-Corps:
I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded grant that aims to teach researchers how to commercialize their research and ideas through the Business Model Canvas. The five week program focuses on discovering that there is product-market fit through evidence based research. This is done before building a product or service in order to increase the viability of the company and reduce the risk, time, and money spent. While the NSF provides the teams that go through I-Corps with seed funding, UCF coordinates all of the sessions, provides nationally certified instructors, matches teams with seasoned business mentors, and countless follow-on service with collaboration of the UCF and Orlando entrepreneurship community. The UCF I-Corps program is a part of the start-up community in Central Florida that aims to support and further develop an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship where local companies can start, grow, and thrive.
Once teams graduate, the Venture Accelerator consults the teams with next step opportunities. At this point, most teams have validated their assumptions and understand who their customer is and why they care, identifying if they have a product-market fit. Since the program is funded by the NSF, teams get “lineage”, meaning they are able to apply to a plethora of grants only available to NSF grantees, apply for the $50,000 National I-Corps program, and are able to put the NSF as one of their funders. The I-Corps program has proven to: make teams 60% more likely to earn an SBIR/STTR grant, win business pitch competitions, and build a valuable network.
To find out more about I-Corps, please visit our website: https://icorps.cie.ucf.edu/
For additional information:
UCF I-Corps Program Coordinator
University of Central Florida
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501 | Orlando, FL 32826
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
“Spatially-Variant Periodic Structures in Electromagnetics”
IEEE MTT/AP Orlando Chapter, CREOL, & Raj Mittra Distinguished Lecture Program
DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 8th, 2016 ()
SPEAKER: Dr. Raymond C. Rumpf
Associate Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
Periodic structures, or lattices, have proven to be one of the most enabling technologies of the 21st century. They allowed us to make objects invisible, to manipulate light and sound like we do electricity in computer chips, to dramatically reduce size and weight of structures while maintaining mechanical strength, and appear to break fundamental laws of physics. Despite these accomplishments, profound physical mechanisms still remain hidden inside the lattices that have yet to be effectively utilized. Electromagnetic fields cannot be manipulated inside homogeneous media. There must exist an interface, a gradient, or some form of inhomogeneity. Uniform lattices can be compared to homogeneous media that have limited usefulness. To unlock the hidden physics, lattices must be made macroscopically inhomogeneous without also unintentionally deforming the unit cells. Bending, twisting, and otherwise spatially varying a periodic structure in this manner requires impossible geometries, so until recently it has only been accomplished in simple and canonical configurations. A breakthrough by the EM Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso has led to a method for generating spatially-variant lattices (SVLs) without unintentionally deforming the unit cells, thus preserving their electromagnetic properties. Using this tool, the EM Lab is exploring new physics enabled by SVLs. In collaboration with the Kuebler Lab at the University of Central Florida, a spatially-variant photonic crystal (SVPC) was designed that achieved the tightest bend of optical beam ever reported in the literature. In other work, the EM Lab showed that a spatially-variant anisotropic metamaterial (SVAM) can be used to electromagnetically decouple two electrical components placed in close proximity. This talk will discuss the algorithm for generating SVLs as well as some of the new device concepts it has enabled so far.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Raymond C. Rumpf is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and has a joint appointment in the Computational Science program. In Fall 2010, Raymond formed the EM Lab at UTEP with a mission to develop revolutionary technologies enabled by digital manufacturing. Prior to joining UTEP, Raymond was the Chief Technology Officer for Prime Photonics where he helped transform the company’s technology portfolio from exclusively fiber optic sensors to an array of technologies for extreme applications. Raymond earned his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995 and 1997 respectively. He earned his PhD in Optics in 2006 from the University of Central Florida. In 2015, Raymond was awarded the highly prestigious University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Raymond has been awarded over a dozen United States patents and has authored dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles. He is an Associate Editor for SPIE Optical Engineering, Program Chair for Advanced Fabrication Technologies at Photonics West, and a Senior Member of SPIE. He is also a member of IEEE, OSA, and ARRL. Raymond is active in outreach with local grade schools in El Paso as well as mentoring students in third-world countriesformer ABET ECE PEV, CEAA.
LOCATION: University of Central Florida
Organizer: Prof. Raj Mittra and