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Ambitious high-tech BRIDG project opens doors near Kissimmee

By Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel

The ambitious high-tech research project near Kissimmee, known as BRIDG, held its official opening Thursday morning.

The hope for the project is that it will eventually attract thousands of high-paying tech jobs to an area known more for budget motels near Disney World. BRIDG is moving into its brand new 109,000-square-foot facility, the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, on the former Judge Farms property.

The facility is aimed at developing new advanced semiconductor designs for microelectronics, nano-electronics, sensors, fiber optics and photonics. Its design center will seek new electronics ideas and help make them a reality.

The project was guided by University of Central Florida and other universities, the High Tech Corridor and other private parties. UCF has been helping BRIDG pursue federal contracts that would build sensors and other photonics technology at the facility.

Read more:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-bz-osceola-bridg-opening-20170412-story.html

Changing the Course of Central Florida

University of Central Florida Receives Approval for Downtown Orlando Campus

Fifty years ago, a small school by the name of Florida Technological University was created in Orlando, Fla.  When the university held its first classes on Oct. 7, 1968 with just 1,948 enrolled students, a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel wrote:  “Monday, Oct. 7.  Write it down.  Remember it as the day that changed Orlando and Central Florida forever.”

That reporter was right.  Today, that small school—now known as the University of Central Florida (UCF)—has become the second-largest university in the nation and is widely recognized as a leading research institution.  Located in the heart of The Corridor, UCF has also played a pivotal role in pioneering groundbreaking discoveries and advancing the region’s high-tech industry.

As UCF has continued to grow, so too has its impact on Central Florida.  And that impact has never been more visible than it is today.  Receiving unanimous approval from the Florida Board of Governors on Feb. 19, UCF is set to change the course of our region once again with a new campus to be built in downtown Orlando.

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Honoring Innovative Inventors

Seven Corridor Professors Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Computers, electricity, sensors, the Internet—these are just a few examples of widely used inventions that we rely on every day.  However, we often take many of these common technologies for granted, making it easy to forget that none of these would be possible without the great minds that created them.

As new technologies continue to evolve and enter into the marketplace, the Corridor has become a hub for many of the leading inventors behind today’s groundbreaking innovations.  In fact, the work of our region’s inventors was brought into the spotlight recently, as seven professors from Corridor universities were elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2014.

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Research on the Rise

Research Funding at Corridor Universities at an All-Time High

As The Corridor enters into its 20th year, the power of research in our booming region has become stronger than ever.  With new technologies, groundbreaking discoveries and innovative startups on the rise, the academic researchers in our region have played a key role in positioning the Florida High Tech Corridor as a leader in innovation and economic development.

And that trend has never been more apparent than it was this year.  The Corridor’s three research universities—the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF)—all set new records for research expenditures.

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