Draper 2008 Technology Expo Oct. 21-22

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2008) – Innovative scientists and their latest work get the spotlight when the University of South Tampa and the Tampa Bay Partnership host The Draper 2008 Technology Exposition Oct. 21 – 22 at USF Research Park (3802 Spectrum Blvd.) on the Tampa campus.

“The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is committed to supporting companies and economic development partners across the Corridor,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “Now that Draper Laboratory has a new BioMEMS Research and Development Center opening at USF and its MCM Center opening in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay region is the perfect place for the Expo and there’s no better location than USF.”

Scientists will be on hand with displays involving strategic systems, biomedical engineering, space systems, geospatial systems, tactical systems, an energy initiative, special operations and independent R & D projects.

“Draper is excited to be partnering with USF in developing our new BioMEMS Center,” said Principal Director of Business Development and Marketing Len Polizzotto. “Our upcoming Tech Expo is a great way to show the USF and local communities what we’re all about, and to explore other possibilities for future partnerships."

For more information visit www.draper.com.

About the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory:  Draper Laboratory is a non-profit engineering research and development laboratory dedicated to serving the national interest in applied research, engineering development, advanced technical education, and technology transfer. Areas of technology development include guidance, navigation, and control: inertial, strategic and tactical systems; miniature low-power systems; information & decision systems; complex, reliable systems; and biomedical engineering.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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