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Photonics Sensors project featured in Orlando Sentinel: "Osceola high-tech project signs new partners as feds visit"

Orlando SentinelA team led by University of Central Florida has signed key private partners in the effort to build a new photonics technology hub near Kissimmee.

The new partners are Austin, Texas-based silicon wafer and semiconductor company Novati, and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.

The new developments occurred as a team of federal evaluators quietly visited UCF on Monday. They listened to speeches from President John Hitt and other officials before heading to Georgia Tech on Tuesday. Georgia Tech and UCF are part of a team competing with New York for a $110 million grant to build high-tech photonics sensors.

The sensors are used in devices such as medical equipment, appliances, cars and smartphones. Having a sensor-manufacturing center in Central Florida would be a magnet for high-paying jobs.

But the competition is fierce. Every member of New York’s congressional delegation, led by Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Louise Slaughter, recently wrote to the Department of Defense... more...

Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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