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Manufacturers large and small alike are joining the NextFlex community to amortize planned equipment investments, anticipate future standards and practices, and extend the reach of their current network.

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By placing equipment in NextFlex’s state of the art Technology Hub, existing NextFlex members are realizing a number of immediate benefits.

  • Donated equipment is considered an in-kind contribution that offsets dues, giving a company access to full member benefits at a reduced out of pocket expense
  • Early visibility into new materials, new processes and new products that will become industry standard
  • Access to technologists from across the country and beyond that will gain access to, and familiarity and technical competency with, your equipment
  • The NextFlex Technology Hub serves a showplace for manufacturing equipment that is constantly on display for tours of visitors from all over the world
  • The NextFlex production line is regularly and prominently featured in all Member and general audience presentations, thereby increasing the awareness, understanding and visibility of every Technology Hub participant

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.

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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