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Gainesville tech company experiencing fast growth

By Daniel Smithson, Gainesville Sun

“When using our product, you can polish a diamond like cutting through butter,” said Rajiv Singh, co-founder of Sinmat.

Tap on a diamond, if you just so happen to have the expensive, shiny jewel nearby.

It’s durable and known to be one of the hardest materials known to man.

There’s no way you’d be able to snap it in two, let alone scratch it.

But when exposed to a chemical product produced by Sinmat, a Gainesville company, diamonds aren’t so tough.

“When using our product, you can polish a diamond like cutting through butter,” said Rajiv Singh, co-founder of Sinmat.

Sinmat, located at 1912 NW 67th Place and co-founded in 2000 by Deepika and Rajiv Singh, produces and sells polishing slurries that contain a “unique mix of chemical and nanoparticles,” the couple said, and are used to soften and polish hard materials, such as silicon carbide, which is used to make electric and hybrid car batteries and sapphires used in phone screens and cameras.

The materials are used in the production of those products’ high-tech microprocessing chips, the couple said.

Smooth surfaces are needed on diamonds and other super-hard materials to eliminate defects that impede the performance of those devices, among others.

Deepika Singh, who was recently named one of nine Florida High Tech Corridor’s 2018 “Faces of Technology,” said the company sells to electric, solar power and LED light companies.

Read more:  http://www.gainesville.com/news/20180408/gainesville-tech-company-experiencing-fast-growth

Job fairs, internships and 30-second dance parties: How firms like Lockheed Martin and OneWeb recruit high-tech talent

By Matthew Richardson, Orlando Business Journal

Central Florida’s technology industry is forever looking for a few good men and women with very special, high-tech skills.

In fact, three of Central Florida’s busiest technology companies — defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), satellite maker OneWeb LLC and 3-D imaging smart-sensor developer Photon-X Inc. — are looking for 1,100 workers to fill several high-wage positions. These positions typically pay an average annual salary of $78,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But it’s not an easy task for those companies’ recruiters, who tend to have a hard time finding that talent locally and often must travel around the country to meet with college students to pitch their respective firms to those soon-to-be graduates.

OBJ caught up with those companies’ executives during the Florida High Tech Corridor Council Tech Talent Forum on March 27-28 to get their Central Florida hiring plans plus their insights on attracting top talent. Here’s what they had to say…

Read more:  https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2018/04/03/job-fairs-internships-and-30-second-dance-parties.html

Academia and Industry Converge to Strengthen Florida’s High Tech Talent Pipeline

Unique Event Connects Student Adviser from Across the Nation with Career Options in the 23-County Florida High Tech Corridor Region and Beyond

Anticipating the influx of thousands of students entering the nation’s job market this May, the Florida High Tech Corridor (The Corridor) brought together university career center directors and technology industry professionals to foster relationships for the ongoing exchange of job leads and talent referrals at its fifth Talent Forum, held March 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

Removing geographical and financial barriers to recruitment of the nation’s best and brightest STEM graduates, the event makes it easier for companies in the 23-county Corridor region to fulfill their needs for capable, experienced workers. The Corridor’s Talent Forum creates an in-road for students from the nation’s top academic institutions who may not otherwise be aware of their career options in Florida.

CompTIA’s Cyberstates 2018 report shows a 64.5 percent increase from 2016 to 2017 in the number of Florida job postings related to emerging technologies, which underlines the need for conferences like Talent Forum to satisfy the state’s demand for technology jobs. In The Corridor region alone, more than 1,000 technology establishments opened their doors in the last year and will be looking for talent as they continue expanding.

“As the number of high tech companies in state continues to grow, so does the need for talent,” said Ed Schons, president of The Corridor. “Talent Forum fulfills this need by complementing the coveted talent pool graduating from our region’s three research universities – University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and University of Florida – with additional talent from prestigious degree programs specific to the high tech needs of our region.”

More than 50 hiring organizations were represented at this year’s Talent Forum, including accesso, Embraer, OneWeb Satellites, the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, as well as several Fortune 500 companies: Electronic Arts, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Duke Energy. Representatives from The Corridor’s K-12 school systems were also in attendance, looking to hire educators of the next-generation workforce.

Recruiters were joined by representatives from more than 50 universities and colleges including Harvard University, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and others from atop U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best National Colleges” list. They were also joined by professionals from The Corridor’s three university partners: the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida.

Company representatives’ feedback:

  • “As the premier technology solutions provider to entertainment and hospitality markets, and as a company that is growing its presence in the heart of that market in Central Florida, the staffing needs at Accesso are unique,” said Trinh Force, recruiting manager at accesso. “The Corridor Talent Forum not only helps the region expand its talent pool, but also is an opportunity for companies like ours to build strong recruiting connections and strategies with top universities around the country.”
  • “Attending Talent Forum is a no-brainer,” said Kersten Metz, campus and military talent acquisition leader for Duke Energy. “It’s simple, it’s organized, it’s structured and you get to meet a ton of career service professionals in a short period of time. This event is so unique and fits all the needs of my business.”
  • “We signed up to attend the Talent Forum this year in order to improve our relationships with institutions of higher learning and increase the workforce talent flow to our companies,” said John Ray, president of the Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium. “We have many companies around the state who are in need of talent and recruit a very specific type of workforce skill set, and this particular event provides a very unique platform to develop relationships and find the talent that our companies are looking for.”

Career center professionals’ feedback:

  • “Our students are always telling us they want a diverse range of opportunities, and the Florida market offers that diversity,” said Melanie Parker, executive director for Global Education and Career Development at MIT.
  • “I love learning about the new industries coming to this area that I would not know about if The Corridor didn’t put on this event,” said Deb Herman, director of employer relations and recruiting for Center for Career and Professional Development at Clemson University. “Seeing the growth over the last three years, I have been able to build ongoing relationships with Florida industries.”
  • “One of the major differences of Talent Forum is we have reversed the roles, and the universities are sitting behind the table,” said Janet Jones, director of employer relations for University Career Services at Rutgers University. “It’s sort of a reverse fair in that we are promoting our degree programs, schools, majors and skill sets to employers while trying to help them better navigate complex universities and identify talent.”
  • “It has been really exciting to learn about what’s happening in Florida’s economy,” said Robin Mount, director of career, research and international opportunities for the Office of Career Services at Harvard University. “I didn’t realize that Florida was such as large manufacturing site.”

The Corridor’s Talent Forum 2019 is tentatively scheduled for March 27-29. For more information, visit www.floridahightech.com/talent-forum.

Alumnus named a 2018 “Face of Technology” by Florida High Tech Corridor

By Sarah D’Iorio, University at Buffalo

For Michael Moskal, the idea of a career in industrial and systems engineering was conceived at an early age. He was influenced by his father, who started off in the profession, as well as several faculty members in UB’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, under whom he worked as a research assistant shortly after graduating high school.

“The field is fast paced, rewards innovation, and is saturated with stimulating problems that need to be solved.”

“Early in my education I was exposed to the work of Rajan Batta, Moises Sudit, Ann Bisantz, and James Llinas, all of whom represent a wide breadth of expertise in the field. They ultimately convinced me to join the program and mentored me while at UB,” says Moskal, who holds a BS (2011), MS (2013) and PhD (2016) in industrial and systems engineering.

Now Moskal is making his own mark in the field. He has been named one of nine Florida High Tech Corridor’s 2018 “Faces of Technology,” a distinction which he earned for his innovative work in the field — most recently researching and developing secure software solutions for the U.S. defense and intelligence communities in his previous role as manager of research programs at Modus Operandi, based in Melbourne, Florida.

Read more:  http://engineering.buffalo.edu/home/news/seas.host.html/content/shared/engineering/home/articles/news-articles/2018/alumnus-named-2018-florida-face-of-technology.detail.html

Jobs alert: 3 firms seek 1,000+ local workers, share recruitment tips

By Matthew Richardson, Orlando Business Journal

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council hosted a March 27 event that placed representatives from 46 universities around the nation, four state colleges and 40 Florida companies in one room to spark a conversation on what high-tech jobs are available in the Sunshine State and how they can help fill them.

The council — an Orlando-based regional economic development organization comprised of 14 state colleges, 12 CareerSource boards and various professionals that included presidents from state universities — created the Talent Forum event as a solution to a problem that many companies in Florida face: finding the right experienced talent.

In a setting that operates much like a speed dating, company CEOs, directors and more met with college career service representatives to learn about what programs they offer that teach skills they need for the workforce.

As those relationships are being formed, many businesses have hundreds of jobs that need to be filled now.

Here, OBJ spoke with executives from Lockheed Martin Corp., OneWeb LLC and Photon-X to learn their strategies, desired employees qualities and more.

Read more:  https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2018/03/27/jobs-alert-3-firms-seek-1000-local-workers-share.html 

Tech companies surge in region

By Mark Gordon, Business Observer

The tech region in a large chunk of Florida, from Orlando through Sarasota and parts of the east coast, is on a growth surge.

For starters, the 23 counties that make up the Florida High Tech Corridor, a regional economic development initiative, reports more than 1,000 new science and technology establishments opened for business in 2017. That’s up 4.8% from the previous year, and the largest proportional increase in a decade, according to Florida.high.tech 2018, a new report from the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.

Read more at https://www.businessobserverfl.com/article/tech-companies-surge-in-region.

Cell therapy company eyeing HQ move to Tampa

By Margie Manning, Tampa Bay Business Journal

A biopharma firm that has been collaborating with Moffitt Cancer Center on potential cancer treatments hopes to seal a deal in the next 30 to 60 days to locate its headquarters on the Moffitt campus.

Another company, Iovance Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ: IOVA), formerly Lion Biotechnologies Inc., is working with Moffitt on several potential cancer therapies. Iovance is headquartered in San Carlos, California, but its research and development facilities are at the University of South Florida Research Park. Iovance leases 8,673 square feet for 16 full-time employees in Tampa and four more who travel to Tampa on an every other week basis to be with their team on the ground, said Maria Fardis, president and CEO.

Amanda Stramer, a process development associate scientist at Iovance, was one of nine individuals featured recently in the Florida High Tech Corridor’s “Faces of Technology.” See a video profile produced by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, an economic development initiative of USF, UCF and the University of Florida.

Read more at https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2018/03/23/cell-therapy-company-eyeing-hq-move-to-tampa.html.

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