Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Marcio Siqueira appointed Regional Sales Manager Brazil
Dunedin, FL (February 23, 2012) – To better serve its Latin American customers, Ocean Optics (www.oceanoptics.com), 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 Marcio.firstname.lastname@example.org or + 55-11-9847-4707
Thursday, February 23, 2012
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: https://www.cliqrquest.com/Default.aspx
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!
P.S. If you win, don’t forget that it was me who got you started!
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 http://orlando.startupweekend.org
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
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
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
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
Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi
Office of Research & Commercialization
University of Central Florida
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501
Orlando, FL 32826
Looking for funding?
Go to http://www.cos.com/
NANOSCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND
ADVANCED MATERIALS PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS CENTER SEMINAR
Title: Solar Light Trapping and Harvesting with 3D Photonic Crystals
Professor Sajeev John
Department of Physics
University of Toronto
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)
NanoScience Technology Center
Email: ushai @ ucf. edu
Friday, February 17, 2012
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
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=4f865ee6db0b106fbb1fee7258047507&tab=core&_cview=0.
More information about the NIST SBIR program is available at: http://www.nist.gov/sbir.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
~ Free GrowFL Webinar Series ~
SBA Lending Workshop:
Learn how to utilize the SBA loan programs for business start-up, business acquisitions, refinance, real estate purchases and expansion financing.
Presented by: Hetal Engineer
To attend this free webinar, please register:
Click here to register
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 10, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
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
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