Tuesday, September 23, 2008

AMPAC's MCF Open House, Friday, Sept. 26, 9:30AM, OTC 304

Offered by AMPAC's Materials Characterization Facility in the Orlando TechCenter, Suite 304, on Friday, September 26, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

There will be a brief explanation of MCF equipment capabilities, as wellas a description of the operating procedures, of the MaterialsCharacterization Facility. This is a very useful way for new students tobecome aware of what AMPAC/MCF has to offer.

  • Overview of AMPAC and MCF - Louis Chow/Yongho SohnElectron Microscopy and Spectroscopy - Helge Heinrich
  • Mass Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy - Mikhail Klimov
  • Surface Characterization Techniques - Kirk Scammon
  • Procedures for using MCF - Karen Glidewell
  • Technical Assistance, User-Rules and Training - Helge Heinrich
  • Break
  • Tour and Demonstration of MCF - Mikhail Klimov/Kirk Scammon

For further information, please contact:Karen GlidewellAMPACPhone: 882-1500e-mail: kglidewe@mail.ucf.edu

Thursday, September 18, 2008

CREOL Seminar and Federal Priorities information

This is a late notice, but here is information on two talks this Friday, 19 Sept, at CREOL that may be of interest to you. For the Federal Priorities topic, it will be at the start of a faculty meeting and focuses on discussing faculty ideas and federal priorities for potential earmark funding as Greg has been able to determine them at this point. CREOL has extended an invitation to the FPC members because of the College's commitment to partnerships with industry and the possibility that some joint effort ideas might result. A pizza lunch is provided also.

Jim Pearson
FPC Executive Director


CREOL Colloquium Series
11am - CREOL Building University of Central FloridaDr. Andre J. Gesquiere, UCF NanoSciences Technology Center
"A Nanoscale Spectroscopic Study of Chain Morphology in Conducting Polymer Materials for Optoelectronic Device Applications"
Abstract: The study of the photophysical and optoelectronic properties of a functioning conducting polymer device is extremely complicated and is hampered by the complex nanostructure and overall morphology of the conducting polymer materials applied in these devices. In this talk a novel approach to spectroscopically investigate this issue in terms of bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic devices will be presented.

Federal Priorities Discussion
Greg Schuckman, Asst VP & Director, Governmental Relations, UCF
Noon - CREOL Building
Greg Schuckman will present information on the current government technology priorities and the procedures that faculty need to follow to pursue potential funding via the earmark process.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Special Inivitation to FPC Members from the UCF Incubator: AeA's "Focus Florida-Pass It On!"

The Florida Council of the AeA, the largest high-tech trade association in the United States, cordially invites you to join us for a conversation about the technology industry with business and community leaders. This invitation only event will explain how you can help propel the most significant state-wide initiative on behalf of the high-tech industry ever undertaken in Florida.

AeA's "Focus Florida-Pass It On!" Leading Florida in a New Direction Friday, September 19, 8:30 am - 9:30 am Partnership II Building Room 208 3100 Technology Parkway Orlando, FL 32826 The favor of your reply is requested by September 16, 2008 To RSVP, contact Jennifer Gabriel Phone: 407.882.2447 or Email: Jennifer_gabriel@aeanet.org

Continental breakfast will be served

Upcoming UCF Incubator Events

The UCF Incubator regularly has programs that may be of interest to you as a Florida company:

UCFTI Lunch & Learn Panel discussion sponsored by Martinez Olson & Associates CPAs
Tuesday, September 23rd
Time: 11:30pm-1:00pm
Location: 12201 Research Parkway, 2nd Floor,Orlando, FL. 32826 Room 211
Lunch will be provided (No Fee)
Panel:William (Bill) Patton - Sr. VP, DEI Services CorporationWilliam (Bill) Lowman - Managing Partner, Shuffield Lowman P.A. Jorge Martinez - Managing Partner, Martinez, Olson & Associates CPAs

If you do business with the government (or plan to), you don't want to miss this dynamic program. Our panel of entrepreneurs from the Government Contracting, Legal and CPA professions will provide advice on constructing a solid foundation in order to build a successful business that can weather different challenges they or their clients have experienced. Decisions such as choice of corporate legal entity, non-compete clauses, intellectual property, executive compensation, buy/sell agreements, and many other areas of business that C-level executives need to know will be addressed. This will be a interactive discussion with the audience so bring your list of challenges and questions.

To RSVP please contact Renee Ayala at 407-882-0202 or via e-mail at rayala@mail.ucf.edu


Orlando & Melbourne SBIR/STTR Workshops

Phase I Proposal Preparation Workshop, Orlando, Florida, October 23, 2008.

Interested in the Phase I workshop, but think you'll learn better in a more humid, hot environment near a theme park? Consider joining us in Orlando in October for our most popular workshop. We cover the basics of SBIR/STTR, including an update on the reauthorization of the SBIR program by Congress. We help you understand the kinds of projects that SBIR/STTR funds, and then how to prepare a competitive proposal to get your share of that money. We'll share some sample SBIR proposals, then suggest how they can be helpful (and also how their helpfulness is limited). Instructors: Gail & Jim Greenwood Sign up today with kchadwick@bus.ucf.edu

Cost Proposal Preparation Workshop, Melbourne, Florida, October 24, 2008.

When we say "IR&D is allowed as part of G&A, except at NSF and NIH, provided it is 'reasonable,'" if your eyes glaze over, then that's a sign that you need to attend this workshop. Government accounting, and SBIR/STTR cost proposals are challenging stuff, and very important to making sure that you don't go broke trying to complete an SBIR/STTR project. Learn the basics in this intensive, day-long workshop. You will learn how to estimate your company's indirect/F&A rate, and how to justify your fee/profit request. Not sure you are going to ask for indirect/F&A reimbursement, or for fee/profit on your SBIR/STTR projects? You MUST attend this workshop so we can 'splain the importance of these parts of your project and cost proposal. Instructors: Gail & Jim Greenwood
Contact boregan@trda.org for more information or to register.


Central Florida Business Expo: The Business Event of the Year

September 24th, 2008 9am - 7pm at the AmWay Arena
Registration is FREE

Over 250 Professionals have already registered for the Break Out Sessions and Networking. The Expo features include:- Main Stage speakers: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Jimmy Vee & Travis Miller of Gravitational Marketing- VIP Networking Lunch with a Q&A session with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer- Seven business building breakout sessions with local and international companies- Rock Your BusinessTM Networking / Brainstorming Session

For full information, including how to exhibit at this event, see the website at http://www.orlandobusinessshows.com/

Monday, September 8, 2008

Join the ISDC 2009 Organizing Team! (Source: NSSSC - FLORIDA SPACErePORT)

The Florida chapters of the National Space Society are looking for volunteers to help to make the Orlando-based 2009 International Space Development Conference a huge success for Florida. Volunteers are the key to making any NSS event run smoothly and ISDC is no exception! We are asking for passionate individuals to work together to make this conference happen. We want to showcase the best of Florida and create an environment where everyone is welcome to participate in the future of space exploration. Please note that all of the listed areas of responsibility are unpaid, volunteer positions, though all volunteers are given complimentary registration to ISDC 2009. Our first team meeting will be in September 2008. Please visit the ISDC 2009 website at http://isdc.nss.org/2009/team-positions.html to see the positions available and apply today.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Florida's Ranking in Industrial R&D (Source: SSTI/ FLORIDA SPACErePORT)


NSF figures for 2006 indicate that Florida ranked fourth nationwide in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but was 17th in industrial R&D expenditures ($4.1 billion). Florida's ranking in "R&D Intensity" (ratio of industry-based R&D to GDP) was 36. Leading the nation were California, with $58.4 billion in industrial R&D, followed by Michigan ($16.5 billion), Massachusetts ($15.6 billion), New Jersey ($14.6 billion), and Texas ($13.3 billion).