ISIMM Newsletter | September 6, 2017
Developing novel technological solutions by providing a
world-class infrastructure for advancing sensors and imagers
Through BRIDG, ISIMM partners at NeoCity will experience unparalleled economies of scale with priority access to state-of-the-art capital, such as advanced manufacturing tools and materials; visionary management infrastructure; best-in-class technical, scientific and intellectual property support; and inspiring collaborative relationships to accelerate the research, development and commercialization of the next age of smart sensors and imagers. ISIMM/BRIDG bridges the gap between ideas and commercialization.
A message from Dan Holladay,
Executive Director of ISIMM 
While we anticipate hearing word on federal funding for the proposed NIST Manufacturing Institute ISIMM (Institute for Sensor and Imager Materials and Manufacturing), we envision a new world of exciting things to come. ISIMM will have the capability to further develop many innovative ways of improving sensor and imager technology by leveraging partnerships, new materials, state-of-the-art tools and a lot of ingenuity. One future area of interest for ISIMM, imaging technologies, has already begun to realize significant advances through BRIDG – a high resolution 3D imager resulting in 30X polarization extinction ratio improvement over previous designs. This new design is now being integrated into the CIS wafer processing and will be extended to develop a high-resolution 3D IR imager. If ISIMM is the next recipient of the NIST federal grant, things we can’t even yet image will begin to come to light in ways we didn’t know were possible in the very near future.

Another exciting thing about being part of ISIMM at BRIDG is the growing interest in our progress and the future of NeoCity. During the summer, we have welcomed more than 700 visitors to the facility. Everyone from representatives of large and small companies considering commitment with ISIMM and those interested in building a permanent site at NeoCity to political leaders and economic development teams from across the state. Visitors also included industry vendors and key suppliers who recognize the impact that ISIMM can have on their future if the contract is awarded for a wide variety of supplies and specialized services. Most importantly, we hosted several students at the site this summer ranging from middle school to college-level students on tours and in organized programs engaged in STEM learning activities. It was amazing to see such heightened interest from our future workforce, especially once seeing what advanced manufacturing is all about. Hearing these students say they changed their study interests (and even college plans) to be better prepared for opportunities resulting from what is happening at NeoCity strengthens our passion in the daily pursuit of the brighter future we all envision for future generations.
Tool Alert, 200mm Fine-Line 193nm Lithography
I would like to extend a special thanks to the companies that provided support and commitment letters toward the utilization of a state-of-the-art 200mm fine-line 193nm lithography system. Your early support for this tool will guarantee priority access to product development when the system is up and running. I encourage any remaining companies needing access to this unique capability to contact me as soon as possible as we work through the procurement process. 

Dan Holladay
Executive Director

Phone: 407-742-4252.
Hot Off the Press
Assembling Powerhouse Teams to Propel Success
BRIDG is excited to announce the formation of our new business and technical advisory boards. Composed of leaders in business, technology, government, and academia, these boards function to advise and make recommendations to the BRIDG management team and Board of Directors on the markets and technologies where BRIDG can maximize value to current and potential partners. Once ISIMM is funded, we will also plan to form an Executive Steering Committee with members from industry, academia and government and a Technical Advisory board made up of ISIMM partners. 
Photo Credit: Seamus Payne, courtesy of SKANSKA
Many next-generation innovations are transformative and vital to our future security and lifestyle. Through partnerships, these innovations and others will evolve from ideas to viable commercial products. Advisory Board members help provide valuable input on cutting edge next-generation technology, define the needs of the U.S. manufacturing community, and assess the viability of future markets. With the expertise and guidance provided by our advisory boards, we continue building the foundation that brings good ideas to market, especially as it relates to advanced sensors and imagers enabling the acceleration of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

“I want to personally thank the amazing group of technical and business experts who have graciously agreed to be part of our advisory boards,” stated Chester Kennedy, BRIDG CEO. “These members are passionate about helping to advance technology and commerce in diverse key industries and in restoring U.S. manufacturing and economic competitiveness. They will be instrumental in steering the future of BRIDG.”

Over the next several months, we will spotlight board members, highlighting their accomplishments and their passion for serving as an advisory board member. We welcome our new advisory board members and appreciate their commitment to creating the innovations of the future.
NEOCITY: Master Plan
At last month’s Osceola County Board of Commissioners meeting, Stephen Coulston, Principal with Perkins + Will, presented the completed NeoCity Master Plan to the commission. The visionary concept shows the outcome of long-term project planning.

With input from an extraordinary number of stakeholders, Mr. Coulston, an architect and urban designer, along with his team captured the essence of the game-changing plan for Osceola County that extends opportunities from an agriculture and bedroom-based community to now include a world-class destination for state-of-the-art advanced technology development and integration.  
Perkins + Will – rendering of NeoCity
As stated by Mr. Coulston, NeoCity is a “place in the making” with an economic strategy that will draw jobs and employees over time, “catalyzing a whole new economy and fueling local jobs and future opportunities for residents of Osceola County.”

High-tech regions are not a new concept, but the plan for Osceola County is unique. Through deliberate and thoughtful planning, the master plan for NeoCity is designed with the flexibility to comfortably welcome companies “we can’t even conceive of” to locate corporate offices on the 500-acre site. It’s exciting to consider that “to be created” innovations developed through partnerships at BRIDG will also be integrated into NeoCity.

In addition to office and industry-based density and security adaptability, matrix of use concepts and activity nodes are built-in to allow for a vibrant neighborhood concept. These include retail, restaurants, residential space, event centers, a 5-K waterfront walk/run trail, a central plaza, and parks/green spaces. Future changes in personal vehicle utilization are accommodated by flexible parking concepts. In addition, transportation routes and connectivity gateways include roadways, pedestrian ways, and bike trails with easy access to SunRail terminals.

The impact of NeoCity globally and what it means for the citizens regionally is astounding. The plans in place today will dramatically transform possibilities and the way we live our lives.

For the master plan and presentation, go to and click on Resources.
Personnel Spotlight
Welcome Dr. Kausik Mukhopadhyay

BRIDG is pleased to announce that Dr. Kausik Mukhopadhyay has joined the team. As a joint appointee in partnership with the UCF College of Engineering, Dr. Mukhopadhyay further strengthens BRIDG and ISIMM’s growing business expansion efforts. He will be responsible for identifying and capturing federal and industry funds in areas that align with BRIDG's capabilities and support UCF College of Engineering's research areas of interest and, if funded, the proposed ISIMM manufacturing institute.

Dr. Mukhopadhyay brings a wealth of academic and proven industry experience to Florida. He has been instrumental in developing unique solutions to complex challenges in materials science, nanotechnology, chemistry, biomaterials, medical sciences, energy and engineering. He has won and managed more than 12 federal grants (Phase I and Phase II) from the DOD, NASA, and DOE among others. In addition, Dr. Mukhopadhyay has authored 10 peer-reviewed publications and is an inventor of 11 US and international patents related to coating technologies (surface-wettability, corrosion, solid-resistant and anti-fingerprint coating), catalysis, biomaterials, hemostatic bandages, and anti-fungal burn remedies. With a Ph.D. in Chemistry from National Chemical Laboratory in India, his research accomplishments include Ph.D. fellowships, and national and international awards (including the prestigious Young Scientist award from International Congress on Catalysis; Spain, 2000). More recently, Dr. Mukhopadhyay served as the Vice President of HygraTek LLC (Ann Arbor, MI) overseeing R&D, technology transition, contracts, patents and IP among other daily oversight responsibilities. He has also spent time as a research scientist at Materials Modification in VA and Eoncoat in North Carolina.

It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Mukhopadhyay and we look forward to many successful projects together.
Recent Events
BOS Program End-of-Summer Review
August 4 th  brought to a close the successful pilot of the BRIDG Opportunities for Students (BOS) Program.  On July 26 th , the program’s first set of participating students, Yamil Calderon, James Nance, Alex Hiebing and Riley McBride, all from Florida Polytechnic University, briefed their BOS mentors and staff on their BOS activities and outcomes, what they learned, and its impact on their education and preparation for the job market. Discussions that followed identified lessons learned for enhancing the continuation of the BOS program. 

MACF Membership Event
BRIDG hosted the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF) networking event on July 27. Serving the Central Florida region, MACF provides training, jobs, careers, and pathways for developing a skilled and talented workforce for manufacturing partners ( Sponsored by CliftonLarsonAllen, the event featured a BRIDG facility plant tour and a special visit from TESLA, showcasing two autonomous Model X vehicles – products of advanced technology manufacturing. Attendance was double what was expected at the fun and informative event. Congratulations to the lucky winners of “A Night with a Tesla” – enjoy the acceleration of things to come!
OBJ The Business of Technology Event 
Chester Kennedy, CEO of BRIDG, was one of the panelists at the Orlando Business Journal 2017 Business of Technology event held on August 11. He was joined by Diane Court, Executive Director of Orlando Tech Association; Sheena Fowler, Business Development, Orlando Economic Partnership; Edward Johnson, CEO, Lynx; Melissa Koch, Of Counsel, Akerman, LLP; and M.J. Soileau, Distinguished Professor of Optics and Photonics and EE CREOL, the College of Optics & Photonics, UCF. The experts discussed Central Florida’s emerging industries, the region’s high-tech environment, the supportive environment for new and relocating companies, and the exciting future for Central Florida. 
Other News
The St. Cloud Chamber Quarterly Luncheon 
On August 17, Dan Holladay, Executive Director of Operations & Technology Programs at BRIDG provided a community update about BRIDG and NeoCity to the St. Cloud Chamber during their quarterly luncheon held at the Harmony Golf Preserve.  
IMAPS Chapter Meeting at BRIDG – August 24
The Florida Chapter of the International Microelectronics, Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS) held their Advanced Technical Workshop and Tabletops at BRIDG on August 24, co-hosted by IMAPS, FloridaMakes and BRIDG. Speakers included representatives from FIT/CAMID, imec, Harris Corporation, Jabil, NextFlex-EMUSA, Plasma-Therm, PowerAmerica-EMUSA, and Semplastics.

As part of the event, students from UCF and USF participated in a poster competition focused on Smart Sensors Research, Manufacturing, and IoT Applications. Congratulations to our student poster winners and thank you to the IMAPS National Chapter for sponsoring the student poster awards! Thanks also to our special guest speakers and to XICONNIX for sponsoring the day! For more information, please visit
Upcoming Events
Nanyang Technology University Seminar – September 7

Dr. Balakrishnan Krishnan, Associate Director of Research Programs and Technology Services at BRIDG, will be giving a seminar on GaN Technology for Lighting and Power Applications at the Nanyang Technology University in Singapore on September 7. The program is jointly organized by Temasek Laboratories@NTU, Si-COE and IEICE Singapore Section. 

Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenges Expo (DITAC) – October 3-5

BRIDG plans to exhibit at the Defense Innovation Summit and Showcase to be held in Tampa, Florida from October 3-5. If you are there, please be sure to visit us at Booth # 100.
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