BRIDG Monthly Newsletter | November 2018
Chester Kennedy Headshot
During this time each year, I take a few moments to reflect on the past and look forward to the approaching new year. In addition to the blessings in my personal life, I am extremely thankful for the opportunities and freedoms that we enjoy in this country. I hope that you will join me in expressing heartfelt gratitude to the men and women who have served and are serving to ensure our safety and security. From warfighters and firefighters to police and first responders, these men and women deserve our thanks for putting their lives on the line to allow us to pursue our dreams.

I am also grateful to be part of the tremendously talented team at BRIDG. The team’s passion and dedication in pursuit of excellence was exemplified when we successfully produced our first lot of wafers last month. As those of you from industry know, the first lot is often written off as a sacrificial lot, meaning you expect to collect data on tool performance and process rather than create a functional device. Yet, our team decided early on to actually attempt to produce useful devices within this qualification lot, and their hard work was validated when a professor from Northern Arizona University tested parts from this lot for use as Physically Unclonable Function device components. The smile on his face as he enthusiastically discussed the million data points that he and his students manually collected from our first lot said more than words can express about the fantastic results that our fab team achieved on this pass.

Thank you to the BRIDG team and to our visionaries who continue to boldly support BRIDG in the many ways that allow us to work in an environment where we can make a difference for the future of our community and region!

Join us as we create tomorrow here today at BRIDG in NeoCity!
Chester Kennedy
A Season to Be Grateful
From the visionary founders who helped make BRIDG a reality, to the wonderful new partnerships established, to the support we continue to receive from our community each and every day, we have many things to be thankful for this holiday season. Among them are the recognitions BRIDG and teammates received this year. In addition to our entire team being recognized as a “Change Maker” Impact Leader by Heart of Florida United Way and as “District Business Partner of the Year” by the School District of Osceola County, our director of marketing and community relations, Gloria LeQuang, was most recently selected as one of ten University of Central Florida College of Sciences Distinguished Alumni , representing the new Nicholson School of Communication & Media. Honorees were selected based on their professional achievement, exceptional community service, and reflection of the college’s mission to expand knowledge in the sciences, mathematical sciences, and communications. We are grateful for these humbling accolades and strive to make continued positive impacts for years to come. 
Melissa Koch
Melissa Koch is a results-driven business, technology, and data lawyer for public and private companies, start-ups, investment banks and private equity funds, with a specific focus on the supply chain, industrial services, and technology industries. Melissa has two decades of legal experience and practices law at Akerman LLP, an AmLaw 100 firm.
Melissa is also the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of InFront Compliance, Inc. and a pioneer in the regtech/legaltech arena. Melissa is driving innovation, risk education, and, substantial cost savings for procurement, compliance and legal teams with the InFrontCompliance Platform— challenging the spreadsheet and checklist status quo with a subscription-based, expert system. InFront Compliance is a Barclays powered by Techstars-backed company and has been a finalist at FinTech Junction and Shelovestech. InFront Compliance has also been presented at DLD Tel Aviv. The Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption (SOLID) Tech Showcase, and is a nominee for the RegTech 100 for 2019.
Melissa is a board member and co-organizer of TEDxOrlando and TEDxOrlandoWomen and serves on the business advisory board of BRIDG— a cutting edge boutique microelectronics fabrication facility.
CBM Conference
Chester Kennedy, our CEO, joined vibration and condition monitoring professionals at CBM Conference USA in Orlando earlier this month to discuss BRIDG and the work our team is doing to advance the nanoscale world of microelectronics. Originally founded by the Mobius Institute as IMVAC, CBM provides practical learning opportunities in the important aspects of industrial condition monitoring technologies. While the conference was in town, we had the opportunity to welcome conference attendees to BRIDG to learn more about fab construction and how vibration impacts microelectronics fabrication. Thank you to CBM for including BRIDG on this year’s program! 
American Public Power Association Customer Connections Conference
BRIDG senior facilities engineer, Chuck Dalton, recently took part in the “Key Account” panel at the American Public Power Association Customer Connections Conference, one of the largest annual utility customer service conferences in the United States. Hosted by the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), the Key Account panel explored innovative ways for power companies to meet the needs of their business customers while retaining core public power values of affordability, reliability, and community responsiveness. Thank you to the Kissimmee Utility Authority and the American Public Power Association for the opportunity to participate in this discussion! We are proud to support our partners at KUA in their efforts to inspire innovation in public power.
BRIDG Welcomes Siemens Delegation
Earlier this month, BRIDG hosted our partners from Siemens PLM at the BRIDG facility. We are so proud to work with Siemens to develop the digital twin for semiconductors! Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us.
Upcoming Events
Defense Manufacturing Conference - December 3-6, 2018
BRIDG will be exhibiting at the Defense Manufacturers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. This conference brings together defense technology leaders from across the nation to share new technologies and explore industry trends. If you are attending, be sure to stop by and see us at booth #149!
  BRIDG is located at NeoCity in Osceola County, Florida.