BRIDG Monthly Newsletter | June 2017
Chester Kennedy Headshot

With particle counts (an important parameter for our “super clean” room) rapidly converging to even better than expected levels, we are excited to begin the installation of the critical tools in the weeks ahead on our journey to having an initial operational capability later this year. 
The world of smart sensors continues to amaze us as we expand our conversations with potential industry partners who are evolving concepts for new devices.  Recent cyberattacks such as the ransomware attacks over the past month have raised the awareness of the need to include robust layers of hardware enabled security into a broader set of interconnected devices.  We are proud to be working with numerous cyber aware companies as they conduct research and development of these capabilities. Additionally, BRIDG is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technolgoy to develop new standards for interoperability of smart sensors.
Exciting times are ahead, and BRIDG is glad to have you along on this journey.

Chester Kennedy

BRIDG: A Growing Catalyst for NeoCity

Recently opened, the 109,000-square-foot BRIDG facility adds infrastructure and serves as an anchor and catalyst for the new ecosystem at NeoCity (500-acre technical park in Osceola County). With the cleanrooms near certification, interest is increasing and commitments for participation continue to strengthen.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a need for an unprecedented range of products involving sensors. The technology in development today is on track to be in virtually every industry value chain that delivers a product or service to anyone, anywhere. The world stands at the brink of a paradigm shift with Smart Sensor technology at the core of a fundamental transformation affecting the way humans interact with almost everything. Universities and core research institutions often lack the means to expedite breakthrough discoveries and bold ideas into commercial scale manufacturing. Similarly, industry often does not know where to turn to find solutions to the challenges that are limiting their product development. BRIDG provides the physical process and collaborative infrastructure to connect challenges and opportunities with solutions – thus bridging the innovation development gap that makes transformation possible. 

By using unique emerging technology capabilities, processes, infrastructure and background intellectual property, partners benefit as BRIDG develops advanced lab/fab and universal technology platforms with the economy of scale and agility needed for cost effective technology development and manufacturing. As such, NeoCity is initially offering land grants to encourage companies to work in close proximity. For more information about opportunities to locate at NeoCity, please contact Clarence Thacker at   

Competitive Advantage  Strengthened Through ISIMM

BRIDG established a unique partnership last year with members from academia, industry, and government to create the Institute for Sensor and Imager Materials and Manufacturing (ISIMM). ISIMM was formed to compete for federal funding through the Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for a proposed Manufacturing Innovation Institute, supported by Manufacturing USA ( This important program aims to increase U.S. competitiveness, facilitate technology transition, and train the manufacturing workforce. 

ISIMM is currently a finalist for the NIST grant award, which would form the 15th Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the first in the state of Florida.  “The structure of ISIMM combined with the significance of the emerging technology is a perfect match to the mission of Manufacturing USA,” Dan Holladay said. “Only half a percent of all objects are currently connected. As that number grows, smart sensor technology will be at the heart of where the information and data gets collected, processed and actuated.”  ISIMM’s collaborative relationships and R&D agility will be a driver in innovative technology; improving sensor and imager products and/or processes and will develop the significant, untapped potential to make a significant impact to the American economy.

From aerospace to agriculture, and from healthcare to defense, every future market segment will depend on sensors and imagers. While under consideration for the Department of Commerce grant, ISIMM continues to grow and strengthen partnerships and initiatives.

The First BOS Students Arrive!
BRIDG is pleased to welcome our first student arrivals to the BRIDG Opportunities for Students (BOS) Pilot Program!     

BRIDG staff members: Dr. Gloria Wiens (far left) and Keith Smelser (far right) welcome BOS students (left to right): Yamil Ricardo Calderon, Alexander Hiebing, Riley McBride, and James Nance.

Osceola School District Partners with BRIDG for SEMI High Tech University’s High School Workforce Development Program
With the Osceola School District serving as a key driver for diverse economic development in the Central Florida region, the Osceola County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace have greatly expanded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum being taught in schools so that it directly aligns with workforce needs now and in the future. 

As part of this ongoing effort, the School District has partnered with the SEMI Foundation, a California-based nonprofit organization that supports education and career awareness in the electronics and high-tech fields. 

The result of the partnership is Osceola’s SEMI High Tech University (SEMI HTU), a three-day workshop for high school students who want to know more about technology careers. Students work directly with industry experts and participate in hands-on workshops. Osceola is the first school district in Florida to adopt the internationally acclaimed program.

BRIDG and the University of Central Florida will take center stage when the first group of rising 11th graders come together June 13-15 to investigate how high-tech STEM solutions are used to solve real-world problems, to enhance students’ perceptions about STEM, and to generate excitement for world-class, high-tech jobs in the area. 

Participating students will have the unique opportunity to visit BRIDG, a SEMI HTU host and sponsor, for hands-on workshops facilitated by BRIDG technology staff and industry partners to learn about various pathways from school to advanced manufacturing and technology careers, in such areas as advanced sensors, optics, and photonics. Students will also tour UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center in Central Florida Research Park, which houses university faculty members who conduct groundbreaking nanotech research in energy, electronics, medicine and other fields.

In addition to the student program, a teacher program will take place ‪on June 7-8‬ to connect the classroom experience to careers in technology for educators. These students and teachers will investigate how high-tech STEM solutions are used to solve real-world problems, to enhance student’s perceptions about STEM, and to generate excitement for world-class, high-tech jobs in the local area.  

This program will be available to qualified students and teachers at no cost to them and serve as the pilot program for the Central Florida region.

The Osceola County SEMI HTU Program is funded by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and the Osceola County Education Foundation. Additional hosts and sponsors making this event possible also include the Osceola School District’s Career and Technical Education Department, IMEC, Mercury Marine, NeoCity/Osceola County Government, and the University of Central Florida. SEMI Foundation is part of SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries. For more information, visit .  
Central Chapter of BioFlorida Bringing Designs to Life

BRIDG will be hosting an event at our brand new high tech research facility in Kissimmee on Wednesday, June 28th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Learn how sensor technologies are changing the life sciences industry and hear from four regional medical technology companies - Aviana Molecular Technologies, ARC Surgicals, micro-gRx and SMRxT.

For event information and to register, please visit

BRIDG to Exhibit at SEMICON West
BRIDG will connect with business and technology leaders, researchers, and industry analysts from across the microelectronics supply chain at SEMICON West 2017 in San Francisco, California, July 11-23, 2017. Visit us at Booth #5220. 

  BRIDG is located at NeoCity in Osceola County, Florida.