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IRradiance Glass is Subcontractor in Phase II DARPA Contract

ORLANDO, Fla. — IRradiance Glass, Inc., which manufactures glasses for applications in infrared optical components and optical systems, was recently awarded a subcontracting role on a Phase II DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) contract.

The DARPA Manufacturable Gradient Index Optics (M-GRIN) program seeks to advance the design and fabrication of new optical materials that reduce the Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) of complex optical systems. SWaP reduction can be achieved by leveraging the multiple degrees of freedom provided by the gradient change through the lens to reduce the number of elements in a system. These additional degrees of freedom also enable systems that are easier to manufacture with flat or spherical surfaces.. The Phase II of this DARPA program is focused on scaling the results from the laboratory to the manufacturing floor.

J. David Musgraves, PhD, president and chief executive officer of IRradiance Glass, said the company is growing fast in order to meet demand. IRradiance recently received a $1 million capital infusion from an angel investor to expand the company’s manufacturing operations at the University of Central Florida, where IRradiance Glass is a member of the UCF Business Incubation Program’s Photonics Incubator.

IRradiance Glass manufactures materials that are currently deployed in a wide variety of infrared systems, however these same glasses have many unique optical properties, such as high nonlinearity, that have not been fully exploited in commercial products. Musgraves added, “Our team at IRradiance Glass has spent decades studying this infrared transparent material, and we are committed to transferring this research out of the university and expanding the infrared market to create new applications for these exciting glasses,”

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For more information media should contact

J. David Musgraves, Ph.D., President and CEO, IRradiance Glass, Inc., 321-250-8200 musgraves@irradianceglass.com

Gordon Hogan, Director, UCF Business Incubation Program, 407-882-1577 gordon.hogan@ucf.edu

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142 or LvershelCo@aol.com

About IRradiance Glass Inc. IRradiance Glass, Inc. (IRG) is a glass manufacturing and research company, specifically focused on the compositional design and hot forming of chalcogenide glasses. Chalcogenide glasses are materials that are transparent in the infrared part of light, the way window glass is transparent to visible light. IRG manufactures chalcogenide glasses for applications in infrared optical components and optical systems. We specialize in compositional design and process development for novel infrared glass and glass ceramic materials. Our company has unique experience and expertise in the custom design of glass composition and product form, as well as the thermal, optical, and mechanical analysis of infrared-transmissive chalcogenide glasses.

About the UCF Business Incubation Program
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a non-profit community resource, which provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies (including nearly 150 current clients and 100 graduates) reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.

With eight facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando, St. Cloud and Winter Springs. From October 2011 to June 2013, the UCF network of current and graduated clients has helped create a total regional output of over $620 million resulting in a $6.16 return for every $1.00 invested in the program while sustaining (directly and indirectly) over 3,300 jobs in the Central Florida region. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military.

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IRradiance Glass, Inc. (IRG) is a manufacturing, research and product development company, specifically focused on the compositional design and hot forming of chalcogenide glasses.