Friday, February 24, 2012

Ocean Optics Expands Latin American Operations:
Marcio Siqueira appointed Regional Sales Manager Brazil
Dunedin, FL (February 23, 2012) – To better serve its Latin American customers, Ocean Optics (, the industry leader in miniature photonics, has appointed Marcio Siqueira to the newly created position Regional Sales Manager Brazil.

Based in São Paulo, Brazil, Siqueira will work with customers and distributors throughout Brazil and Latin America, offering educational and sales support for Ocean Optics’ complete product line. He will facilitate the growth of the company in these territories, helping clients select, use and install the company’s spectrometers, chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, and metrology equipment. Siqueira will also continue to develop Ocean Optics’ distributor network, training new and existing distributors, and increasing the company’s conference and tradeshow presence.

To learn more about Ocean Optics, customers in Latin America may contact Siqueira at or + 55-11-9847-4707

Thursday, February 23, 2012

DARPA Challenge - Win $40000

As part of a social experiment to map out communication networks and study mass collaboration efforts, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is conducting the CLIQR Quest. To summarize the challenge, there are currently (right now!) approximately 10 signs with Quick Response (QR) codes on them scattered across the United States. The first individual or team to locate all of them wins $40,000. More info here:

One of these signs is located out in front of our UCF Student Union. So if you’re interested in making a little pocket change, I suggest taking a stroll over to the union, scanning the QR code with your phone or grabbing one of the cards, then head to Facebook/Twitter/Social-Medium-of-Choice to team up with your friends and win the challenge!

Cheers and good luck!

Tony Klee

CAOS President

P.S. If you win, don’t forget that it was me who got you started!

Startup Weekend Orlando March 23-25

Startup Weekends are…

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical

and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and

education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model

development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a

panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. Participants are challenged with building

functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of

their daily networks. For more information visit

Who you’ll meet at Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekends attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers)

and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Twenty nine percent of Startup Weekend participants

attend an event to network, 20% attend to develop/build a product, and 13% attend to learn how to

create a new venture. Roughly 80% of attendees plan on continuing to work on their startup after the


What you’ll get out of the event:

Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning, whether you’re learning a new skill or a

new way of thinking. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Co-Founder Dating: The people who come to Startup Weekend are serious about learning how

to build and launch startups. Create relationships that last long past the weekend.

Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high-quality, driven entrepreneurslike


Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup

Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming

language, or give marketing a try. With nothing to lose there’s no reason not to step outside

your comfort zone.

Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean

Startup Methodology.

Mentorship: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends and give feedback

to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.

Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources: By participating in Startup Weekend you are given

instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed!

Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable (typically $99, only $60 for students). Your ticket

includes seven meals, snacks, and all the coffee you can drink.

Join our community!

We’re a non-profit on a mission! Startup Weekend has hosted over 460 events in over 100 cities in more

than 35 countries with a network base of 45,000 alumni and mentors. We are continuing our efforts in

the Middle East with events in Dubai, Oman, and Ramallah and are expanding into India with events in

Delhi and Bangalore. No matter where you are, Startup Weekend isn’t far away.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Commissioner Slane of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission to present unique manufacturing opportunity

OIDA Opportunities and Trends in
Optoelectronic Manufacturing

Monday, 5 March 2012 - Los Angeles, California (collocated with OFCNFOEC2012)

Special Guest, Commissioner Dan Slane, to Announce a New Photonics Manufacturing Initiative at OIDA's Workshop

Commissioner Slane of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will present a new initiative designed to create jobs in North America and promote photonics manufacturing and research.

The City of Huber Heights, Ohio and the County of Montgomery (Dayton) in cooperation with Wright-Patterson AFB/AFRL, the University of Dayton, Kent State University, the University of Toledo, the University of Cincinnati, and the Ohio State University, are seeking to create a cluster of photonic companies near Wright-Patterson AFB, the center for Air force R&D and medical research.

The city and county will fund this cluster and allocate 70 acres of land for the creation of a state-of-the-art research and development facility and photonics assembly/packaging plant.

To induce companies to open an office/lab/plant at the park, these facilities will provide free R&D and assist in the development and production of prototypes. Additionally, they will work with federal agencies to designate this facility as a “trusted assembly/packaging plant."

This is a great potential opportunity for the photonics industry, and your input is vital to help define the industry needs so that the investment can achieve its desired results.

Registration | Agenda | General Information

About Commissioner Slane

Commissioner Daniel M. Slane is with the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally appointed group that advises congress on U.S.-China policy including national security and trade issues. Commissioner Slane served as a case officer with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and worked in the White House as a Staff Assistant to President Ford. A former Chair of the The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, Slane has extensive international business experience as the former owner and operator of three factories in China. He has appeared on C-SPAN, ABC, CNN and China Central Television and has been quoted in major newspapers throughout the U.S. and Asia. In 2011, Commissioner Slane was appointed Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General. Slane holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio State, a master’s degree in international law from The University of Amsterdam, and a Juris Doctor degree from Ohio State.

Sponsored by Corning Incorporated

Supporting Sponsor NRC-Canada/CPFC

OIDA - Optoelectronics Industry Development Association
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Monday, February 20, 2012

Clean Energy Event at UCF on Feb. 23rd

Citizens for Clean Energy is kicking-off an educational tour at three Florida universities to discuss the potential for new clean energy jobs here in the Sunshine State. The goal of the tour, called "It's all about jobs," is to communicate to students, faculty, businesses, and surrounding communities the importance and economic potential of a renewable energy industry in Florida.

"The students in Florida are the future and getting them excited about the economic development potential of Florida is a priority," said Ben Amaba, IBM. "After they graduate, they want to know that there will be good high-paying jobs waiting for them and a renewable energy industry here in Florida could make that possible.

Each tour stop will include a panel discussion with experts from renewable energy companies, decision makers, educators, and other groups and will include a question and answer period.

Details of the tour:
o University of Florida, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
o University of Central Florida, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Cape Florida Ballroom, Student Union)
o Eckerd College, March 5, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Citizens for Clean Energy
Citizens for Clean Energy is a coalition of leaders, organizations, and concerned Americans committed to supporting education and public policy change that advance clean energy jobs and technologies to improve our economy, energy security and our environment.

Topics to be discussed with panelists

· Florida’s challenging economy

· Florida’s need to diversify

· If not this industry, then what industry?

· Global opportunities at Florida’s doorstep

· Energy Sector creates immediate job creation

· Unemployment and the cost it puts on tax payers.

· Types of Jobs the renewable energy industry has to offer

· The economic impact that comes with a new industry

· Environmental benefits

Thank you.

Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi
Information Specialist
Office of Research & Commercialization
University of Central Florida
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 882-1141

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Seminar - Sajeev John, Friday, February 24th, from 11 to 12, CREOL Room 102



Title: Solar Light Trapping and Harvesting with 3D Photonic Crystals

Professor Sajeev John

Department of Physics

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario


Day & Date: Friday, February 24, 2012

Time: 11 am – 12 Noon

Venue: CREOL – The College of Optics & Photonics

Conference Room 102.

“Light Refreshments will be served”.

Abstract: Photonic crystals are artificial periodic dielectric structures with the distinguishing characteristic of trapping and localizing light. While many important applications of photonic crystals are associated with the occurrence of a photonic band gap, light trapping for the purpose of solar energy harvesting is facilitated by spectral regions with a very high electromagnetic density of states. We describe designs of 3D photonic crystal silicon-based solar cells that enhance the overall absorption of sunlight using a three-section architecture consisting of less than 1 micron (equivalent bulk thickness) of silicon and no metallic mirrors. The three sections are (i) an antireflection (AR) layer consisting of a lattice of nanocones placed on top of simple cubic photonic crystal (ii) the 3D simple cubic photonic crystal (average rod diameter 170 nm and 350 nm lattice spacing) that traps light through a novel parallel-to-interface refraction (PIR) effect and (iii) a chirped photonic crystal back-reflector (BR) designed to absorb near-infrared light. Each rod contains a radial P-N junction and comprises an entire solar cell, with regions between the rods filled with silica (to mechanically protect the array) up to the tip of the nano-cones. These structures exhibit exceptionally good light absorption over a broad range of incident angles from 0 to 80 degrees. They can absorb roughly 75%-80% of all available sunlight above the electronic band gap of silicon. These nanostructured photonic crystals offer additional opportunities in combined photonic and electronic management to achieve and possibly surpass the Shockley-Queisser power efficiency limit of roughly 33%.

Biography: Sajeev John is a "University Professor" at the University of Toronto and Government of Canada Research Chair. He received his Bachelors degree in physics in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in physics at Harvard University in 1984. His Ph.D. work at Harvard originated the theory of classical wave localization and in particular the localization of light in three-dimensional strongly scattering dielectrics. From 1986-1989 he was an assistant professor of physics at Princeton University. While at Princeton, he co-invented (1987) the concept of photonic band gap materials, providing a systematic route to his original conception (1984) of the localization of light. In 1989 he joined the senior faculty at the University of Toronto.

For Further information please contact Dr. Jayan Thomas (Jayan. Thomas @ ucf. edu)


Ushaben Lal

NanoScience Technology Center

Phone: 407-882-0032

Email: ushai @ ucf. edu

Friday, February 17, 2012

Seminar: 3.9.12 / CREOL 102 / 11-12pm / “Five Easy Pieces, Lost in Translation”, Kamran Badizadegan

Seminar: “Five Easy Pieces, Lost in Translation”, Kamran Badizadegan


Friday, March 9, 2012 / 11-12pm

Kamran Badizadegan, MD

Nemours Children's Hospital


There has been a phenomenal growth in basic science and engineering over the past two decades, and the news media and funding agencies are regularly inundated with promises of cure and transformation in healthcare. However, the translational chasm between the bench and the bedside appears wider than ever, and except for incremental (albeit significant) improvements in existing biomedical technologies, there has been little tangible impact from promising new technologies on day-to-day delivery of medical care. This presentation focuses on the author’s personal experience as a physician-scientist working at the interface of science, technology and medicine, trying to close the translational gap between technological innovations, biomedical sciences and diagnostic medicine. Through a set of scientific and clinical vignettes primarily drawn from the work conducted at the MIT Spectroscopy Laboratory and ranging from diagnostic spectroscopy quantitative microscopy, the author reflects on the lessons of the past to provide a framework for future translational research in biomedical optics.


Kamran Badizadegan graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degr­ee in Chemical Engineering. He completed his medical education at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and trained in anatomic pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston. He joined the faculty of HMS in 1997 as an attending pathologist at Children’s Hospital Boston, where he also conducted research in epithelial cell biology at the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center. A the same time, he began a small research collaboration with the MIT Spectroscopy Laboratory which over the subsequent decade evolved into a multidisciplinary research partnership in diagnostic spectroscopy and biomedical optics. At the time of his departure from the group in 2009, Kamran was associate director of the Spectroscopy Lab and a core investigator of the MIT Laser Biomedical Research Center. Kamran’s clinical activities shifted from Children’s Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 2003, where he served as the head of pediatric pathology and an associate in gastrointestinal pathology. As an HST faculty and member of the Academy at HMS, Kamran played a key role in education of medical and graduate students working at the interface of medicine, science and technology. In 2011, Kamran left Harvard and MGH to help Nemours build an academic pathology department at the brand new facilities of the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, where he serves as the Chair of Pathology and Director of Nemours Pathology Network.

For More Information:

Bahaa E. A. Saleh

Dean, College of Optics and Photonics

besaleh @ creol. ucf. edu

Thursday, February 16, 2012

DON'T DELAY!!! REGISTER NOW to participate in the TRDA 2012 Clean Tech Venture Initiative

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Register NOW to Participate in TRDA's

2012 Clean Tech Venture Initiative

Want to Raise Venture Capital and Grow Your Business? If you're a Florida Clean Tech company you should register NOW to participate in the 2012 TRDA Clean Tech Venture Initiative.

About Clean Tech Ventures

Clean Tech Ventures is a part of the i2 Capital Accelerator, which is a program of the Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA).

The i2 Clean Tech Ventures program consists of four weeks of intense mentoring that kicks off with a two-day business boot camp. The i2 Mentor Network is a statewide network of "been there, done that" technology entrepreneurs that have founded and raised capital for their own companies. Our mentors have collectively raised over $300 million for their own companies, and will work with you to prepare your company (team, financial statements, business plan, sales/marketing strategy and much more) for the capital raising process. The i2 team has a network of angels, venture capitalists and pre-seed funding resources within our i2 Ventures Network to accelerate the connection of great companies to Florida's investment community.

Mentoring sessions will begin on March 22nd and April 12th 2012. The most promising companies from each i2 Clean Tech Ventures session will be invited to participate in the annual Igniting Innovation Showcase, which will be held in September 2012. The i2 showcase attracts investors, mentors and industry partners from all over the country, and has a $100,000 grant award for the most promising presenting company. The winning company will be selected by attending venture capitalists based on revenue growth potential within five years and the ability to create a return for investors.

What are the Benefits of Participating in the i2 Program?

  • Fast Track selection opportunity for i2 Showcase and the $100,000 grant competition
  • Immediate, honest feedback on your business plan, and its potential attractiveness to angels, venture capitalists or other sources of capital
  • Accelerated path to the i2 Ventures Network (angels, venture capital firms, gap funding sources)
  • Ongoing access to a deep, statewide network of experienced "been there, done that" mentors that have walked in your shoes and raised capital for their own companies
  • Quick-drop education on best practices for business plan development, financial modeling, market strategies and closing your first customers
  • Access to a statewide network of critical business service providers at reduced rates
  • Usage of the TRDA Innovation Center for workspace, meetings and classrooms

What are the Criteria to Participate in the i2 Program?

Florida-based technology Clean Tech companies with the following criteria are eligible:

  • Headquartered in Florida with at least 80% of employees also in Florida
  • Potential for rapid revenue growth within five years
  • Relevant technical expertise on team for product strategy
  • In the Clean Tech/Alternative Energy sectors

What is the Cost to Participate?

There is no cost to apply to the i2 Clean Tech Ventures program. If your company is selected to participate, there is a $250 fee to participate in the four week mentoring session. This fee includes the kickoff boot camp, all mentoring sessions, and access to the TRDA facilities for workspace and meetings. We also will provide three months of limited post-session support (maximum of five hours/month) for i2 Cleantech Ventures graduate companies that have been selected to participate in the i2 Showcase, which will be held in late September. Companies may be selected for one of three different showcase categories - $100,000 competition finalist, non-competing presenter, or exhibitor. There are no additional costs for post-session investor introductions for companies that are ready to meet with investors, nor is there a fee to participate in the i2 Annual Showcase if your company is selected to present.

How Do I Apply?

Simply fill out the online application located at

If you are selected for the March 2012 session, a mandatory two-day kickoff boot camp will be held at the TRDA Business Innovation Center in Melbourne, Florida on March 22 and 23, 2012. If you are selected for the April 2012 session the mandatory boot camp will be held on April 12 and 13, 2012.

Applications for the March session are due by February 29, 2012 and for the April session by March 30, 2012. Selections will be announced no later than March 2, 2012 and April 2, 2012.


Contact Brenda McMillan at or (321) 872-1050 ext. 103.

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Educational Seminar - Learn how the Library can help GROW your Business!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FY 2012 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Soliciatation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program FY 2012 Solicitation is open. The Phase I solicitation will close on March 2, 2012. SBIR is a competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federally funded R&D opportunities that have the potential for commercialization.

The solicitation describes 12 specific technologies for development. In the category of Manufacturing, they include:

  • · Development of a Microcompressor for Miniaturized Cryocooling
  • · High-Precision, Random Profile Roughness Specimens
  • · Low-cost Stabilized Diode Lasers for Displacement Measurements
  • · Non-contact Microwave Measurement of Electrical Properties of Nanofiber Materials
  • · Power Meter for EUV Lithography Sources
  • · Query-based Geometric Interoperability for Advanced Manufacturing
  • · Silicon Ion Source for Isotopically Enriched Deposition
  • · X-ray Chemical Shift Mapping for Industrial Materials Analysis

In the category of Information Technology and Cybersecurity:

  • · High-Power, High-Speed Photodiodes
  • · Microfabricated High-Frequency Connectors for Millimeter-Wave Technology
  • · Ultrafast Photodetector for Probing Coplanar Waveguide Electrical Circuits
  • · Web Services-Biometric Devices (WS-BD) Conformant Handheld Fingerprint Sensor

You may view the solicitation at:

More information about the NIST SBIR program is available at:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

GrowFL Webinar Series - SBA Lending Workshop - 3/5 Hetal Engineer

~ Free GrowFL Webinar Series ~

SBA Lending Workshop:
"How to Utilize the SBA Loan Programs To Improve Cash Flow and Grow Your Business"

Learn how to utilize the SBA loan programs for business start-up, business acquisitions, refinance, real estate purchases and expansion financing.

Does your company qualify for SBA financing? Which SBA program fits your financing needs the best? Join GrowFL and Hetal Engineer to learn the features and benefits of the SBA lending programs to best utilize for your business growth.

Presented by: Hetal Engineer
Monday, March 5, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Hetal EngineerHetal Engineer presently serves as SBA (Small Business Administration) Business Development Officer for the Central Florida Region of SunTrust Bank. Mr. Engineer was born in Lusaka, Zambia and immigrated to the U.S as a child. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Accounting and MBA – Finance Concentration from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Engineer began his banking career at SunTrust Bank in 1993 and later transitioned to Banco Popular, Community South Bank and Wells Fargo Bank to assist each company to establish/grow their SBA Lending Department in Central Florida. Mr. Engineer has funded well over $100 million dollars in SBA loans (all to privately owned small businesses) during his career to assist providing capital to many start-up businesses and expanding established businesses. Mr. Engineer has assisted numerous small business owners achieve their business ownership dreams and see the impact of employment growth and financial success of small businesses. Mr. Engineer has assisted SunTrust Bank achieve #1 ranking in SBA loans closed in the Central Florida region.

To attend this free webinar, please register:

Click here to register

Hosted By:

The Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida was established in 2009. Initially funded by the Florida Legislature, the Institute has provided services via the State of Florida’s Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Pilot Program, known as GrowFL. With various partnerships throughout the state, the Institute collaborates with statewide partners to support the growth of second-stage businesses through localized entrepreneurial ecosystems.

To view our program requirements and apply, click

Florida Economic Gardening Institute | 12201 Research Parkway | Orlando | FL | 32826 | US

Friday, February 3, 2012

New Speaker Added - OIDA Telecommunications Workshop at LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA, March 2012

OIDA Optical Fiber Communications Workshop

21 March 2012, Shanghai, China

Register Today!

This unique program features: international expert speakers, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall tour, conference materials and registration to the LASER World of Photonics China Trade Show

Updated Presenters:

  • ADVA, Jorg Elbers - NEW
  • EOvation Technologies LLC, USA: Frederick Leonberger
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong: Andrew W. Poon
  • Huawei Technologies North America, USA: Reg Wilcox
  • WTD (Wuhan Telecommunication Devices Co., Ltd.), China: Kevin Lu

The workshop will focus on optical fiber communications networks, key components and markets. Current status and future trends in optical fiber communications will be discussed in both invited presentations and a panel discussion featuring the speakers. Workshop topics are described below.

Markets – The status and forecast of the markets for fiber optic equipment and components will be reviewed. Emphasis will be on market drivers that provide impetus to system deployments and component demand.

Networks – The most recent developments in telecommunications networks ranging from long haul to fiber to the home will be discussed. In long haul networks, topics for discussion include: recent & planned network deployments, economics of current and future 100 Gb/s systems, and key technological challenges and new research trends. In access/FTTH networks new architectures, network economics, and customer penetration will be discussed.

Components – Key technologies for long-haul and metro systems and status of commercial devices and research results for 10, 40 and 100G applications, both for transmit and reconfiguration will be discussed. Additionally, in view of the tremendous research activity in integrated photonics in China, the workshop will feature a talk that summarizes the current status of integrated photonics research in China.

About OIDA


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Seminar Reminder: 2.2.12 / CREOL 102 / 3-4pm / Seminar: “Organic VECSELs: Towards Low-Cost UV-Visible Lasers”, Sébastien Chénais

Seminar: “Organic VECSELs: Towards Low-Cost UV-Visible Lasers”, Sébastien Chénais


Thursday, February 2, 2012 / 3-4pm

Sébastien Chénais
Laser Physics Laboratory, University of Paris 13, 93430 Villetaneuse, France

Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Organic Lasers (VECSOLs) are the counterparts of VECSELs with organic solid-state gain materials, i.e. dye-doped polymer thin films or organic semiconductors. They combine the well-known properties of VECSELs (high conversion efficiency, excellent beam quality, power scaling capability, high versatility offered by the open cavity) with the key properties offered by organic thin films : low cost, ease of fabrication (by high-throughput processes such as spin coating, potentially ink-jet printing on large areas), broad emission spectra (typ. 100-nm wide) offering a high potential for wavelength tunability, easy chemical tuning (from near-UV to near-IR), and high gain. With a simple structure consisting of a plane highly-reflective mirror onto which a thin film of Rhodamine-640-doped PMMA layer was spin-cast and a concave output coupler closing the cavity, pumped by the second harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 7 ns, 10 Hz), we achieved a record conversion efficiency of 60% with a diffraction-limited output at 620 nm. The open cavity allowed us to perform intracavity frequency doubling and obtaining a deep-UV laser continuously tunable from 309 to 322 nm, with 2% efficiency, in a very compact setup (1-cm long). Dynamical numerical simulations based on Statz-DeMars equations revealed that the very high gain cross sections (~10-16 cm²) combined to the short lifetime (~ns) of organics make the device performance highly dependent on cavity length and pump pulse duration. Photobleaching issues which are common to all organic solid-state lasers will be discussed.

For More Information:
Dr. Romain Gaume
gaume @ ucf. edu