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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
  • 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.

Erick Seltmann

Manager, Advanced Electromechanical Technologies

Boeing Research & Technology

Erick Seltmann is the Manager of the Advanced Electromechanical Technologies (AET) organization at Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) in Huntsville Alabama.  He joined Boeing in June of 2014 to establish a BR&T Communications & Sensing research team in the emerging technology domain area of Additive Manufacturing for electronics.  Technologies being garnered include the introduction of Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) to provide novel flexible antenna solutions, sensing capabilities that provide real time health diagnostics, and fully integrated hybrid electronic structures.

Prior to this assignment, Erick worked in industry and government agencies providing life-cycle solutions to the Department of Defense (DoD) on platforms such as  Launch Vehicles, Satellites, Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV), and various sensor and radar technologies.  While in leadership positions in industry, he managed engineering teams through several DoD development programs from concept to launch.  His technical and leadership expertise resulted in several successfully executed programs.  He was a Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) contractor for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) where he provided technical expertise to government teams and led system engineering and test execution teams.

Erick holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering, and a master’s degree in engineering management.

Janos Veres, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

Janos Veres joined PARC to manage its Printed Electronics team. Janos has experience in components such as novel printed circuits, organic transistors, and printable semiconductors; applications such as OLEDs, displays, and RFID; as well as printing/coating technologies including electrophotography, flexography, and offset printing. Before joining PARC, Janos was the CTO at PolyPhotonix, worked at Eastman Kodak as their Program Manager of Printed Electronics, was a Business Research Associate at Merck Chemicals (formerly Avecia), and was responsible for Organic Photoreceptor development at Gestetner Byfleet.

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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