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NextFlex News – March 2019 Newsletter

What a great week we had in Monterey!

New NextFlex Fellows Announced

It’s with great pleasure that I announce the 2019 Fellows who were recognized for their remarkable contributions to advancing the Flexible Hybrid Electronics ecosystem and industrializing FHE. The NextFlex team thanks them all for their dedicated support of NextFlex. Pictured (L to R) are: ACI CEO Dana Hankey who accepted the award on behalf of Mike Mastropietro, VP Engineering, ACI Materials; Pradeep Lall, Ph.D., John and Anne MacFarlane, Endowed Professor and Director, Auburn University; Nancy Stoffel, Ph.D., Senior Engineering Professional/Project Manager, GE Global Research; Chris Stoessel, Ph.D., Sr. Manager, Process Development, Eastman Chemical; Malcolm Thompson, Ph.D., NextFlex Executive Director; John Williams, Ph.D., Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing Research and Technology; Jeff Stuart, Ph.D., Emerging Technology External Portfolio Lead, Lockheed Martin; and Bruce Hughes, Lead FHE Engineer, AMRDEC.

Screen Shot 2019 03 11 at 9.54.41 AMNot pictured: Scott Anderson, Ph.D., Research Scientist Senior Staff, Lockheed Martin; and Craig Herndon, Director, Critical Technologies Innovation Center, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. I’d also like to thank all the members who participated in the NextFlex meetings in Monterey; we felt a great engagement and enthusiasm for the progress we’ve made together. Thanks for making it a great week!

FHE Applications for Aerospace Workshop

If you haven’t noticed yet, we have a fantastic workshop coming up April 1–4 at the Boeing facility in Seattle. The team at Boeing is really going all-out to make this a memorable experience for all attendees. The workshop, titled, FHE Applications for Aerospace consists of:

  • One-day FHE PRO (see the article in this newsletter about this new professional development program)
  • A welcome dinner at the Museum of Flight
  • A tour of Boeing’s manufacturing facility in Everett
  • A day and a half workshop with sessions on Future Factory, FHE for Next Generation Space, and Antennas for Aircraft
  • Tour of the University of Washington’s Roll-to-Roll Center
  • Dinner at IVARS, a local seafood restaurant with a beautiful view of the Seattle waterfront
  • Member-only breakout sessions

For security, it is important to register by March 25! This workshop will likely sell out, so don’t wait.

Announcing Two New Events — Mark your Calendar

Another new workshop has just been announced: FHE Manufacturing for Defense Applications will be held June 12–13 at Lockheed Martin in Arlington, VA. The agenda is just now being developed so stay tuned for details. This second iteration will expand into new areas of interest for our government partners in which FHE may have an impact. Finally, Innovation Day will be held at NextFlex in San Jose on August 8. Once again, we’re looking forward to having the NextFlex membership share their latest and greatest FHE-enabled devices, components, materials, and systems and enjoy a day of networking and technical discussions.

There’s a lot happening at NextFlex, as always. I look forward to hearing from you about how we can serve you effectively.



Dr. Malcolm J. Thompson
NextFlex Executive Director


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