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According to a new report by the University of West Florida's Haas Center for Business Research & Economic Development, Florida's biomedical and defense industries will create more than 190,000 jobs in the state by 2018.
"More than 50 percent of human communication is nonverbal, so the next generation will include characters with more expressive body language."
Carol Wideman, Co-Founder and CEO of Vcom3D Inc., in this month's Faces of Technology.
For more than 2,000 students from numerous high schools across Florida, the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Regional Robotics Competition held at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Arena was the place to be on Saturday, March 14. The competition, designed to showcase the rewarding and interesting aspects of life as an engineer, brought together 52 teams of young people and their mentors who put their homemade 130-pound robots to the test as they solved an engineering design problem. The teams had six weeks, standard rules and a set of parts to build their robot to face the strategic problem related to simulating lunar gravity.
FIRST is a national organization whose mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build the skill-set and leadership characters necessary for future engineers. In addition to the great hands-on experience, the competition promotes teamwork, professionalism and perseverance among competitors.
"The FIRST Regional Robotics Competition helps develop the future of Florida's workforce," said Wayne Weinberg, fundraising chair for the Florida Regional Committee, "Working with mentors in the industry encourages kids to stay the course and accelerates their interest in engineering."
Advancing all the way to the quarter-finals, Team 'Exploding Bacon' from Orlando garnered a special award at the competition recognizing the students' professionalism. "The purpose of FIRST is to promote a spirit of partnership and ingenuity - each team not only works on their own robots, but helps other teams with theirs," said Skyler Goodell of Team Bacon, who also attended an invitation-only luncheon hosted by FIRST before the event, which was attended by local leaders Robert Cabana, director of Kennedy Space Center; U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas; and, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty.
The regional competition, now in its seventh year running, was hosted by UCF and sponsored by NASA, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and Lockheed Martin. Dr. Marwan Simaan, UCF Interim Dean of Engineering; Dr. John Wiencek, USF Dean of Engineering; and, Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, UF Dean of Engineering, all support the FIRST Regional Robotics Competition and look forward to seeing Florida's bright young students join their engineering programs in the future.
For more information, visit http://www.floridafirstregional.com.
CORRIDOR UNIVERSITY NEWS
Out of 140 applicants, the University of South Florida's (USF) Power Center for Utility Explorations and Progress Energy Florida were chosen by Florida's Energy and Climate Commission to construct a $15 million comprehensive smart grid. The project, funded by the Governor's Energy Office, Progress Energy Florida, Publix and HD Supply will provide alternative power for 5,000 customers in the St. Petersburg Area.
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Called the COMPARE trial, a special study conducted at the University of Florida (UF) may make it possible for doctors to perform a targeted brain surgery to match the needs of Parkinson's patients. Designed to compare two current specific areas of DBS or deep brain stimulation, the trial effectively treated tremors, stiffness and slowness in either brain target, but also produced mood and mental changes depending on which target area was stimulated.
For more information, visit http://news.ufl.edu/2009/03/13/compare-trial/.
What do crickets and humans have in common? The answer is actually more than you would think when it comes to the effects from global warming. University of Central Florida (UCF) scientist Wade Winterhalter and biology professor Kenneth Fedorka are heading up a study in partnership with genetics experts from Cornell University that could predict human survivability during global warming thanks to the small striped creature's life and reproduction cycles.
For more information, visit http://news.ucf.edu.
The University of Central Florida's Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (www.fiea.ucf.edu) welcomed its fifth class this school year, offering students a master's degree in interactive entertainment with areas of study in game design, development, art, and programming and production. As one of the top 10 schools most frequently mentioned by game industry recruiters, students can get the education they need and secure high-paying jobs from the diverse companies within the Corridor.
Academics at the University of South Florida continue to push the envelope for digital media applications in the medical field. Last November's Leadership Symposium on Digital Media in Health Care (http://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/health/now/?p=2946) provided an open learning environment for attendees to see the latest advancements in 3-D computer modeling of human anatomy and learn techniques for sharing scientific knowledge through electronic media and mobile devices.
The University of Florida's (UF) Digital Worlds Institute (www.digitalworlds.ufl.edu) is no stranger to the industry. Just this past year, the Institute was selected out of 700 digital media programs to win the 2008 Innovative Program Award by the International Digital Media and Arts Association. Always on the cutting edge of innovation, UF is one of the first universities to design and execute courses in Second Life, a virtual world where users can connect, interact and socialize using computer-generated avatars.
Not only is the future bright for students, but for companies as well. Digimation, (www.digimation.com) a provider of 3-D content to the entertainment and defense industries, decided to move its headquarters from Louisiana to Lake Mary creating 30 new jobs for the company and generate $750,000 in capital investment. Over the past four years, Digimation has been selected as one of Military Training Technology magazine's "Top 100 companies that have made a significant impact in the military training industry."
As the industry grows, the Corridor continues to develop as a hub for small and large businesses and universities touting their digital media prowess. These recognized leaders will have a tremendous impact, not only on our region, but on the worldwide industry as well.
You're an American soldier in Iraq, and there's a truck full of what appear to be local civilians approaching your checkpoint. You want to ask them to stop and identify themselves, but you don't speak much Arabic and there's no interpreter available. What do you say? What do you do?
For the full story, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/FacesofTechnology09.pdf.
President Obama Mentions Gainesville Company Sinmat, Inc. at Press BriefingPresident Obama Recognizes Gainesville Company Sinmat Inc. at Press Briefing
During the nationally televised "Investing In Our Clean Energy Future" press briefing Monday, March 23, President Obama introduced one of the FHTCC Matching Grant Research Recipients, Sinmat Inc. CEO Deepika Singh, Ph.D. The leader of the Gainesville tech startup company was recognized as a special guest because of her company's inventiveness in building a clean energy economy and creating jobs of the future.
Sinmat Inc. (www.sinmat.com) of Gainesville is an emerging materials nanotechnology company developing value-driven technological solutions for the semiconductor industry, which has applications in electric cars and solar energy cells. Since its inception, the company has had tremendous success recently winning its third R&D 100 Award and a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's Advanced Technology Program. Sinmat was also featured on Page 19 of the FHTCC annual magazine florida.HIGH.TECH 2008.
Singh's appearance with the President will be posted on FHTCC's YouTube Faces of Technology Channel so her story may join the ranks of so many innovative and talented thinkers in Florida's High Tech Corridor.
To view this and other videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/facesoftechnology.
Over the past decade, Ed Schons has been the eyes and ears of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, serving as an advocate for our mission while managing industry tradeshows and serving as liaison between our regional leaders and state legislators. This month, we recognize Ed for his outstanding efforts and dedication to the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.
TECH BUSINESS PARTNER NEWSDisney Entrepreneur Center Continues Making Milestones
For entrepreneurs, getting your business off the ground can seem like the hardest task in the world. The Disney Entrepreneur Center, however, makes the process much easier by providing extensive services, support and a little bit of pixie dust. The Center is a single location where small businesses can take advantage of professional support and endless resources including free coaching, low-cost seminars, networking events and publicity opportunities.
"The biggest successes of the Disney Entrepreneur Center are each company we are able to give support to," said Jerry Ross, Director of the Disney Entrepreneur Center. "The cooperative efforts of the organizations make the Center financially efficient and extremely beneficial for the entrepreneurs. It's all about collaboration."
Over the past five years, 388,000 entrepreneurs have been given advice from a counselor at the Disney Entrepreneur Center, and more than 50,000 people have attended training events. The Center has helped coach entrepreneurs through $146 million and 700 new business start-ups have emerged. Most recently, the Center has focused on social media efforts to help get the word out about the Center's services for small-business owners on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Working in tandem with the Disney Entrepreneur Center, the Florida High Tech Corridor's Virtual Entrepreneur Center (www.flvec.com) continues to connect entrepreneurs across the 23-county region with the resources they need to start, grow or relocate a business. Small business owners can find local, state or national resources to help manage their business.
Technological Research & Development Authority Teacher Quest Program
As the industries of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) flourish, so do the needs of teachers to provide enriching lessons to students in these sectors. To provide professional development opportunities for teachers, the Technological Research & Development Authority (TRDA) is launching The Teacher Quest Tampa Bay Pilot Program. The program will place Florida certified teachers in science, math and technology-based businesses in the Tampa Bay Area during the summers of 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Funded through a $300,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation, the program will match teachers with targeted businesses to expose them to new career and academic opportunities and skills needed in the workforce that can be developed in the classroom. Teachers will work full-time for six weeks and also receive training to develop lessons that make STEM subjects more exciting and challenging for students. The companies in turn hire a highly motivated, cost-effective employee and are given the opportunity to give continual support to the teacher after the program by offering tours of their offices and going into the classrooms to speak.
Recruitment is underway for businesses that want to take part in this innovative educational plan. For more information, contact Diane Matthews, Director of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 263-9564 x106.
UF Plans Celebration of Innovation Showcase 2009
For more information about the event, visit http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/innovationshowcase/default.aspx?page=549.
Tampa Bay Technology Forum Hosts coolTECH 2009
Companies with cool technologies from consumer gadgets to cutting-edge biotechnology will display their latest innovations as exhibitors at Tampa Bay Technology's coolTECH 2009 held on June 11 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Exhibitions will be featured in six tech zones including Aerospace & Marine Technology, Biotech & Medical Technology, Consumer Technology, Green Technology, Emerging Technology and Information Technology. For an audience of 1,000 attendees, exhibitors will display their inventions and have the opportunity to compete for the second annual coolTECH Awards. Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Kimberly Wander at email@example.com for the application, which is due April 3.
Advanced Solar Photonics LLC Builds First Solar Panel Plant in Florida
For the complete list, visit http://www.advancedsolarphotonics.com/Press_ThinFilm_Module_Production_Plant.html.
Bio-Tech Medical Software Inc. Selected into UCF Technology Incubator
For more information, visit http://www.incubator.ucf.edu.
Citrus IT Alliance to Hold Annual Tech Expos
For more information visit http://www.citrusitalliance.net/ExpoEvent/tabid/71/Default.aspx.
Moffitt Cancer Center Awarded $50,000 Research Grant
UCF Vice President of Marketing to Retire
USF Research Park Wins McIntosh Award
Calendar of Events
The following events are taking place across the Corridor's 23-county region or in the surrounding area:
Road to Relocation
Florida Medical Device Symposium
Engineering Greener Products and Clean Technologies
Defense, Security, and Sensing
Legal Issues from Startup through Series A
CREOL Industrial Affiliates Day - High Power Optical Sources for the 21st Century
Export University 301
Power Breakfast with Dr. Daniel Kelly
Third Annual STAR TECH Entrepreneurship Conference
CORRIDOR INDUSTRY NEWS
Only a month after it was announced, the Army's latest multibillion-dollar simulation training deal is becoming a magnet for new companies seeking to join a key Central Florida industry. STOC II - the Simulation and Training Omnibus Contract II - has sent a buzz through the region's high-tech training community.
For the full article, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/Firms.pdf.
The model for training surgeons once was, "See one. Do one. Teach one."
Trouble is, seeing one surgical procedure doesn't mean you've seen all the ways that operation can turn out. Better to see as many as possible and practice a lot before touching a real live patient.
For the full article, visit http://www.floridahightech.com/pdf/USFsimulators.pdf.
A cutting-edge, high-tech research institute involved in creating a moon rover prototype for NASA also attracts bright minds for its pioneer technologies for the military and private sector.
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Inside Florida's High Tech Corridor is published by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council Inc. (FHTCC) and its economic development partners. FHTCC is an initiative of the University of Central Florida (http://www.ucf.edu), the University of South Florida (http://www.usf.edu) and the University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu). For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.floridahightech.com, or contact one of the region's economic development partners listed at http://www.floridahightech.com/resources/economicDevOrgs.html.
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