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Introducing the unimaginable to day-to-day life

By bringing intelligence out of the box and, literally, on to everything, NextFlex has truly ushered in an era of electronics on everything. For the first time, the promise of function following form is becoming a reality.

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Thanks to NextFlex members, we have begun to transform day-to-day life in an infinite number of ways that range from the familiar (e.g., wearables) to the formerly unimaginable (medical tattoos). Whether focused on next generation consumer devices, national security or defense and aerospace innovation, NextFlex membership is at the forefront of delivering a new breed of products and solutions that are transforming daily life and importantly, advanced manufacturing.

Via a series of technical working groups, NextFlex subject matter experts from across industry, academia and government have come together to collaborate on roadmaps, key technology gaps and the necessary technology planning required to advance the FHE ecosystem.

Each working group is led by a three-person team of co-leads, including one from academia, one from government and one from industry, who together with over 150 diverse subject matter experts, are developing roadmaps that identify gaps in the ecosystem and where Project Call focus and funding should be applied for technology development. Current focus areas include:

  • Human Performance Monitoring
  • Asset Monitoring
  • Integrated Array Antennas
  • Soft Robotics
  • Flexible Power
  • Device Integration & Packaging
  • Printed Structures & Microfluidics
  • Materials
  • Design Modeling & Simulation
  • Standards, Test & Reliability

Meet some of NextFlex's MVPs

These power players boast stellar stats with backgrounds in manufacturing, government and education.

Azar Alizadeh, Ph.D.

Senior Material Scientist

GE Global Research
2017 NextFlex Fellow

Azar Alizadeh has worked at GE Global Research since 2000. During her tenure she has led numerous cross-functional teams for the NBMC, the US Army, and the AFRL. She has also been the key GE contact on the NBMC “Wearable paper-based microfluidic biomarker sensor patch” program and the co-Lead on the NextFlex Human Monitoring Systems Technical Working Group. Dr. Alizadeh holds a Ph.D. in Physics, has extensive experience in the field of nano-bio-manufacturing, has 45 peer reviewed publications and 13 US patents/patent applications.

Dalen Keys, Ph.D.

New Business Development Manager

DuPont Electronics & Communications

Dalen is a new business development manager with DuPont in Wilmington, DE that loves creativity, whether applied to his job at DuPont or in his writing. Dr. Keys has been writing since 2008 and has authored four children’s picture books, two tween chapter books and numerous other works in various publications. He has a BS in chemistry from the University of North Alabama and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rice University.

Tracy Frost

Director, Manufacturing USA

DoD Institutes

Acting Director

DoD ManTech

Tracy Frost joined the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) in 2015. Ms. Frost supports the Director of Manufacturing Technology with the Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology program, as well as the DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. Previously, Ms. Frost served as the DoD SBIR/STTR Programs Administrator out of the DoD Office of Small Business Programs where she implemented innovative initiatives to assist the small business community transition viable technologies to the military and commercial marketplace.

Before joining OSBP, Ms. Frost managed the Office of Naval Research’s SBIR Program. She consistently increased the number of SBIR firms that transitioned into Phase III each year by increasing the involvement of Acquisition enabler science and technology programs. Prior to small business involvement, Ms. Frost served as a science and technology Program Manager for over 10 years in the areas of unmanned systems and ship logistics.

Tracy has a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and an M.S. in Engineering Management from George Washington University.

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