KYB Names Aaron Shaffer Marketing Manager

first_imgADDISON, IL — KYB America LLC has promoted Aaron Shaffer to the position of marketing manager. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Shaffer began his career at KYB as a territory manager, managing customers in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Since May of 2004, Shaffer has served as KYB’S customer service manager before being promoted to his current position. A graduate of Northwood University, Shaffer has a B.B.A. in Economics and Management and also holds an A.A. in Automotive Aftermarket Management from Northwood University. For more information about KYB, go to: www.kyb.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Bob Kaulig Appointed VP of Marketing for Affinia’s Under Vehicle Group

first_img Print Don’t Miss:Bosch CEO Kurt Liedtke to Retire,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Up Next:Zan Martin Honored For Contributions To Women In the Automotive Aftermarket DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. ANN ARBOR, MI — Sales and marketing expert Bob Kaulig has accepted the position of vice president of marketing for Affinia’s Under Vehicle Group (UVG). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Bob’s expertise and experience are ideally suited for the task in front of him,” said Jerry McCabe, vice president of communications and marketing services for Affinia Group Inc. “With an established, reputable career in Affinia, Bob has proven talent and an in-depth knowledge of our industry. His continual focus on exceeding customer expectations makes us extremely excited to have him leading our Under Vehicle Group marketing efforts.” Kaulig will oversee all marketing efforts for Affinia’s Under Vehicle Group, including branded sales, CARQUEST and NAPA. He and his team will work closely with respective sales teams to develop marketing campaigns, advertising and promotional programs. This team will coordinate activities to assist the sales team in attaining growth consistent with the objectives of the Under Vehicle Group. With Affinia since 1986, Kaulig most recently held the position of vice president, UVG CARQUEST Sales. Throughout his UVG career, he has served a variety of roles, including special products manager, national sales and marketing manager, vice president of sales, vice president of marketing and numerous positions within product management and sales. Educated at both University of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois University, Kaulig holds certification as an Automotive Parts Professional (APP) and holds a U.S. patent for a Master Brake Cylinder Bleeding Device. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click Advertisement In this article: With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Falken Tire CEO Hideo Honda Retires

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — Hideo Honda, chief executive officer and chairman of Falken Tire Corp. (FTC), has retired from his post, effective Jan. 1. After ensuring the smooth transition of his successor, Honda will return to Japan where he will serve as an advisor to Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (“SRI”) for the remainder of 2007. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Honda joined Falken Tire in 1999 as president and chief operating officer and was promoted to chief executive officer and chairman on Jan. 1, 2006. During his tenure, Honda is credited with increasing FTC sales fourfold and building the Falken brand into one of the leading high performance tire brands in North America. Replacing Honda as chief executive officer and chairman will be Yasushi (Tank) Tanaka, who is currently serving as a director at SRI Tire Trading Ltd. in Tokyo. Tanaka joined SRI in 1976, and has spent the majority of his career in the export and OE departments of SRI and SRI Tire Trading Ltd.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

Littelfuse Elects New Director

first_imgDES PLAINES, IL — Littelfuse, Inc. elected T.J. Chung, 44, to the company’s board of directors. Chung is president and CEO of Navman Wireless, a fleet management solutions and GPS technologies company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We are very pleased to welcome T.J. Chung to our board of directors. T.J. has extensive experience with technology companies worldwide, especially in Asia. He also has a strong background in strategic planning, operations, acquisitions and integration activity. We look forward to drawing on his global expertise as we move ahead with our long-term growth strategies and continue to expand our presence in Asia,” said Gordon Hunter, chief executive officer, Littelfuse. Chung recently assumed his current position with Navman Wireless, acquired from the New Technologies Division of Brunswick Corporation. Since 2002, Chung served as the president of the New Technologies Division of Brunswick Corporation. The New Technologies Division delivers electronics and software products and services to multiple vertical markets, including the Asia region, the United States and Europe. Under Chung’s leadership, the division grew rapidly through an acquisition program and organic growth. Prior to that, he served as vice president, Strategy of Brunswick Corporation, where he was responsible for corporate-wide strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions and information technology. Chung has 20 years of executive, global management and technology development experience in electronics and industrial markets. Chung earned his bachelor’s degree in science, electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas-Austin. He also holds a master of science degree in computer science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and a master of business administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Advertisement For more information about littelfuse, go to: www.littelfuse.com.,DES PLAINES , IL – Littelfuse has elected William Noglows, 49, to the company’s board of directors. Noglows is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cabot Microelectronics Corp., a supplier of consumable p rod ucts used in the semiconductor manufacturing process. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Noglows assumed his current position at Cabot Microelectronics Corp. in 2003. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president and general manager at Cabot. In this position, he was responsible for running the company’s $1.2 billion core particle business, which included operations in North and South America , Europe and Asia . Noglows was a primary founder of Cabot Microelectronics, which has been a fully-independent, publicly-traded entity since 2000. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The company also announced that Bruce Karsh has indicated he will not stand for re-election at the company’s annual meeting in April 2007. Karsh is president and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management, LLC. For more information about Littelfuse, go to: http://www.littelfuse.com.last_img read more

Ron Sutton of Standard Auto Parts Named to IWD Board of Managers

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement BRANFORD, Conn. — Independent Warehouse Distributors (IWD) has announced Ron Sutton of Standard Auto Parts in Baltimore, Md., as the newest member of its board of managers. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Standard Auto Parts Corp. became an automotive member of IWD in 1995. The company is a fourth-generation business and services wholesale and retail customers in the entire Baltimore Metro area. Standard Auto Parts has a staff of 135 and operates a warehouse and five stores occupying more than 110,000-square-feet of space. Sutton is the CEO of Standard Auto Parts. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore in business management and is the chairman of the Auto Pride marketing committee.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Hastings Manufacturing Hires Greg Vander Veen as Senior Applications Engineer

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  HASTINGS, Mich. — Hastings Manufacturing Co. has hired Greg Vander Veen as senior applications engineer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am very pleased to announce that Greg Vander Veen is joining the Hastings’ engineering department as a senior applications engineer,” said Ira Rosenberg, director of engineering. “Greg was hired to support the growth in service of our OEM customer accounts. He joins us from Mahle Engine Components where he held the position of applications manager and was responsible for their efforts in the heavy-duty diesel market.” Vander Veen has more than 14 years of experience in the areas of piston ring design, numerical analysis and applications engineering. He started his career with Sealed Power Corp., which was subsequently purchased by Dana Corp. (Perfect Circle) and more recently by Mahle. Vander Veen’s credentials include a BS degree in engineering from Grand Valley State University. Hastings designs and manufactures piston rings for the worldwide engine manufacturing and remanufacturing industries.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

AGU: China’s Bioluminescent Seas Glowing Brighter

first_imgThe new method could also help researchers better track harmful red tides and boost tourism on China’s east coast, according to Sheng-Fang Tsai, a marine ecologist at the National Taiwan Ocean University and co-author of the new study. If researchers have a better idea of when and where red Noctiluca scintillans blooms occur, local officials could potentially use the information to inform tourists when they have the best chance of seeing the glittering blue tears. Red Noctiluca scintillans are single-celled organisms found in coastal waters all over the world. Commonly known as sea sparkles, at night the organisms glow a bright blue when disturbed by swimmers, waves or passing boats. The sea sparkles’ dazzling blue light, often called “blue tears,” can be seen after dark on many of China’s shores and has become a major tourist attraction in recent years, especially in Taiwan’s Matsu Islands. Watch a video about blue tears here. Measuring color from space Blooms of Noctiluca scintillans are one form of red tides that can harm marine life, but scientists have difficulty monitoring these outbreaks. Researchers typically study the blooms by taking measurements from ships, but these measurements don’t show how the blooms are distributed over a large area of ocean or how they change over time. The researchers used their new method to track red Noctiluca scintillans blooms in the East China Sea from 2000 to 2017. They found the twinkly creatures can survive farther from shore and in warmer waters than previously thought. Researchers from Belgium discovered in the mid-2000s that red Noctiluca scintillans are unique when it comes to absorbing and scattering light. Their bodies absorb more blue light and scatter more red light than other ocean microorganisms, so researchers thought they could identify them by analyzing changes to the ocean’s color. The study authors suspect construction of China’s Three Gorges Dam could have been responsible for a decrease in red Noctiluca scintillans blooms in the early 2000s. The dam spans the Yangtze River in eastern China and generates roughly the amount of energy as 12 nuclear reactors. The dam has been controversial since Chinese leaders first proposed it because of its impacts on the environment and its displacement of more than a million local residents. Their results also show red Noctiluca scintillans blooms have become more frequent in recent years and the organism’s abundance could have been affected by construction of the controversial Three Gorges Dam in the early 2000s.  The researchers also identified blooms residing in waters outside of the species’ usual temperature range. Previous research found red Noctiluca scintillans normally reside in waters around 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), but the new study found them in waters as warm as 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit). WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have, for the first time, used satellites to track the bioluminescent plankton responsible for producing “blue tears” in China’s coastal waters and found the sparkly creatures have become more abundant in recent years. The new method will help researchers build a more complete picture of red Noctiluca scintillans blooms in this area, according to Lin Qi, an optical oceanographer at Sun Yat-Sen University in China and lead author of the new study. Scientists report in a new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters they have developed a way to track red Noctiluca scintillans blooms by satellite using the organism’s unique ability to absorb and scatter light. center_img AGU News: Founded in 1919, AGU is a not-for-profit scientific society dedicated to advancing Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. We support 60,000 members, who reside in 135 countries, as well as our broader community, through high-quality scholarly publications, dynamic meetings, our dedication to science policy and science communications, and our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce, as well as many other innovative programs. AGU is home to the award-winning news publication Eos, the Thriving Earth Exchange, where scientists and community leaders work together to tackle local issues, and a headquarters building that represents Washington, D.C.’s first net zero energy commercial renovation. We are celebrating our Centennial in 2019. #AGU100 Connection to Three Gorges Dam Construction on the dam began in 1994 and was completed in 2006. The dam became fully operational in 2012. Water flow on the Yangtze River dramatically decreased during construction, but once the dam was filled and became operational, the flow rebounded. The Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea and red Noctiluca scintillans blooms are often found near the river’s mouth, so the authors suspect the reduced river flow during the dam’s construction reduced red Noctiluca scintillans blooms from 2000 to 2003.  Their method worked – the researchers were able to identify many red Noctiluca scintillans blooms in the East China Sea from April to August over the 18-year period. The blooms typically show up close to shore, often near river mouths or deltas.  But, interestingly, the new study found many blooms located farther from the coast than previously observed by ships – some blooms were more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) offshore. About AGU: The size and duration of the blooms varied from year to year, but the researchers saw the blooms were increasing in recent years, especially between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, they even saw a prolonged bloom that lasted from mid-April to mid-July. They need more yearly observations to confirm their result, but the researchers suspect this to be an increasing trend. The researchers suspect the increase in red Noctiluca scintillans from 2013 to 2017 could be a result of excess nutrients entering the East China from increased fertilizer use, among other factors. If this is true, the trend may continue in the coming years, according to the authors. Blue bioluminescence produced by red Noctiluca scintillans near Taiwan’s Matsu Islands. Researchers now have a way to study the sparkly organisms by satellite. Courtesy/Yu-Xian Yang, Lienchiang County Government, Taiwan In the new study, researchers tried to pick out the unique colors of red Noctiluca scintillans blooms from satellite images. They analyzed nearly 1,000 images of the East China Sea taken by instruments on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites and the International Space Station from 2000 to 2017. last_img read more

Catch Of The Week: Update Windows 10 Now

first_imgBy BECKY RUTHERFORDLos AlamosRunning Windows 10 on your home PC? Make sure that you apply this month’s “Patch Tuesday” update release ASAP.Why are users of Win 10 being urged to upgrade now? The updates include patches for four severe, “wormable” security exploits (CVE-2019-1181, CVE-2019-1182, CVE-2019-1222, and CVE-2019-122) that can let attackers spread malware with zero user interaction. These flaws are similar to the critical BlueKeep and WannaCry vulnerabilities that forced Microsoft to release rare, out of support patches for older versions of Windows.These vulnerabilities are pre-authentication, and if exploited, an attacker could execute arbitrary code on the system, including installing programs, viewing, changing or deleting data, and more. They affect Remote Desktop Services and the Remote Desktop Protocol. These services are disabled by default, so most home users shouldn’t be vulnerable. If this is something that you use, it is even more important to make sure your PC is up to date.Applying the updates will fix the issues and help to keep your Windows 10 machine secure. If you have your updates set to “automatic” they will likely download automatically, you may need to check your PC; it may need to reboot to apply them. Go to the search bar and type in “Windows Updates” and it will take you to this setting; you can check if you are up to date or not. You also might want to double-check that Remote Desktop is off, there’s no reason to run this service unless you need it, and it exposes you to extra risk. Search for “remote access” and select the “Allow remote access to your computer” option that appears. In the system properties pop-up after that, verify that “Allow remote assistance to this computer” is unchecked, and then click OK. Microsoft updates are generally released every second Tuesday of the month, “Patch Tuesday”. Make sure that your system is set to install them automatically and keep your computer protected.Editor’s note: Becky Rutherford works in information technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.last_img read more

New Mexico Opportunity Zones Forum Aug. 27

first_imgThe NM OZ forum is co-sponsored by the New Mexico Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Partnership.Learn more about OZ on the NM EDD online hub at www.nmopportunity.com. New Mexico has 63 designated Opportunity Zones (OZ) in 22 counties as part of the U.S. Government’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The purpose of the tax law is to attract capital investment into economically distressed areas in exchange for a reduced tax obligation. Currently accepting applications for exhibitors. Click here to register as an individual or an exhibitor. NMED News: NM EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes will be announcing a new incentive for New Mexico Opportunity Zones.center_img The forum is free of charge and will include time for networking with exhibitors and attendees, a box lunch, and cover a range of topics related to OZ:OZ Introduction/Policy BasicsOZ Project Development, Step by Step for CommunitiesHow to Leverage Funding Sources in an OZHow to Promote Your OZ or ProjectNM ResourcesNM Initiative Click here for the full agenda. Individuals and potential exhibitors can register for the event on the website HERE. New Mexico Opportunity Zones Forum from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Aug. 27, 2019, at National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque. Space is limited – Registration requiredlast_img read more

NASA Awards UbiQD Of Los Alamos Second, Larger Contract To ‘Tailor The Solar Spectrum For Enhanced Crop Yield For Space Missions’

first_imgUbiQD’s quantum dot-enabled retrofit greenhouse film, UbiGro™, deployed above rows of tomatoes in a research greenhouse in the Netherlands. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.BUSINESS News:The Phase II STTR contract will fund further collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to develop new light recipes using UbiQD’s quantum dot technologyUbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).The 24-month contract provides $750,000 in funding for UbiQD’s collaborative research and development with the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (UA-CEAC) to further explore using quantum dots to tailor the spectrum of sunlight for optimized crop growth for in-space and planetary exploration missions.In August 2018, UbiQD was first awarded a Phase I STTR contract as part of NASA’s strategic mission to advance capabilities in the area of space technology, food production, and more. The successful project demonstrated improved crop yields for red romaine lettuce. One of the light recipes used in the study was UbiQD’s luminescent greenhouse product, UbiGro™, which resulted in a 13 percent increase in dry weight of the vegetable, as well as an 8 percent increase in leaf area.“On long-duration space missions, where astronauts will need to make the most use of resources, boosting food production with this technology could be a ‘game-changer,’” said Gene Giacomelli, a professor of biosystems engineering at University of Arizona who leads the work at UA-CEAC. “There is definitely something positive in this material as well as the technology which UbiQD has implemented. I’m on their horse in this race.”UbiQD has been developing its quantum dot agriculture films after receiving funding from Breakout Labs in 2017 to explore the concept. By efficiently providing an ideal light spectrum, UbiQD’s new UbiGro™ film is designed to promote vegetable production and accelerate plant growth. UbiQD has partnered with commercial greenhouses to install the UbiGro product in 15 locations across six countries and five U.S. states, including in its home state of New Mexico. Growing Opportunities, based in Alcalde, NM, is using UbiGro™ film to boost the fresh weight yield of tomatoes, and the company first released commercial data from this farm in November 2019.“We are thrilled to continue our work with the University of Arizona and NASA to improve the light quality for plants grown in space,” said Matt Bergren, Principle Investigator and Chief Product Officer at UbiQD. “Our technology could not only help provide fresh fruit and vegetables to future astronauts on missions to the Moon or Mars, but also benefit growers here on Earth.”About UbiQD, Inc.UbiQD is a nanotechnology company based in Los Alamos, New Mexico that manufactures safe, high-performance, quantum dots and greenhouse materials. For more information, please visit UbiQD.com and UbiGro.com.About University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture CenterThe Mission of the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (UA-CEAC) is to develop economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agricultural systems that will provide food of high quality for helping to feed the world. Engineers and scientists focus on CEA production agricultural practices within greenhouses, growth rooms, and vertical farms. Learn more: https://ceac.arizona.edu/.About NASA STTR ProgramThe NASA STTR program is sponsored by its Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and managed at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. STMD is responsible for developing the cross-cutting, pioneering, new technologies and capabilities needed by the agency to achieve its current and future missions. Learn more about the awards: https://sbir.nasa.gov/prg_selection/node/62898.last_img read more