JUNE 2023

Applied Energetics, Inc., Big Wins and Expansions at the UA Tech Park

UA Tech Park tenant Applied Energetics, Inc., a leader in the advancement of ultrashort pulse laser technologies (USPL), made two major developmental announcements this month.

Applied Energetics announced plans to expand their Tucson headquarters here at the UA Tech Park to encompass approximately 21,300 square feet. The increased footprint enables greater capacity for their research, development and training activities driving business growth. UA Tech Park is thrilled to expedite their expansion and access to world-class talent from University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences. The expansion represents an exciting milestone for Applied Energetics as well as Optics Valley. 

The company also announced it has been awarded a $1.148 million Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the U.S Army to continue the company's research, development and testing of an ultra-broadband infrared (IR) source capable of disrupting optical infrared sensors within the engagement time window, at tactically relevant ranges. The objective of this Phase II award is to further the development and testing of an IR system utilizing technologies that were investigated under the US Army Phase I STTR contract. 


Critical Systems Inc. Opens Office at UA Tech Park

Critical Systems Inc. (CSI) has selected Tucson for its newest expansion location, bringing new investment into Southern AZ. CSI’s Orbital Repair Group and Dancar Division, recently opened their new R&D and assembly office at the UA Tech Park. The new office is quickly becoming the hub for the many industries CSI serves for both corporate and government clients. 


Rising Innovation: Emagine Solutions Technology

University of Arizona Center for Innovation startup, Emagine Solutions Technology, has been making headlines with their latest innovation: The Journey Pregnancy App. The startup has gained $75,000 in Phase II funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health, Hypertension Innovator Award Competition. This funding will further advancements in R&D for Emagine and its innovations. They also announced a new partnership with Withings Health Solutions to improve maternal mortality rates through use of the app. The partnership reflects Emagine’s efforts to highlight the importance of blood pressure management during pregnancy, especially in Black communities where studies show increased rates of high blood pressure and implicit bias in maternal health treatment. 


Tucson Lifestyle Magazine's "Who Runs the City"

Tucson Lifestyle's "Who Runs the City" features a list of influential leaders in the Tucson area that are making an impact in our community through their work. We are honored that our steadfast leader, Carol Stewart, vice president for Tech Parks Arizona, University of Arizona was included in this star-studded article. 


Update: Ukraine Soft Landings Cohort

Arizona Daily Star reported how Ukraine startups learn the U.S. ropes through the University of Arizona incubator in Tucson. The University of Arizona Center for Innovation, which has been supporting university startups for 20 years, is supporting four Ukrainian tech companies through a U.S. State Department initiative. Founders include the creator of an app that helps users develop their emotional skills, the designer of a mobile-first web store/ad builder helping small-business owners start selling online, the producer of an AI-powered assistant that transcribes Google Meet and Zoom calls, and the developer of a sustainable and cost-effective carbon battery. Read the article to learn about each founder’s personal and professional journey from Ukraine to Arizona. 


Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce Pride Breakfast

Tech Parks Arizona was honored to host the Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce, AKA "The Gaymber" for their Pride Breakfast event at the UA Tech Park. The mantra “Inclusive Business is Good Business!" opened up the celebration. The morning was filled with food, tours, games and networking. Three new LGBT Foundation Scholars were awarded, Tucson Queerstory & the Pima County Public Library Pride Team collaborated to host Pride themed trivia, and a King from Drag Story Hour Arizona hosted story time!


SARSEF Innovative Summer Camp at UA Tech Park

Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) is bringing university level research to rural classrooms across Arizona for free. One summer camp took place at UA Tech Park for students became innovators and problem solvers alongside some of the biggest startups at the UA Tech Park while working on hands-on STEM projects. KGUN9’s Brooke Chau stopped by the park to report on how Tech Parks Arizona and the UA Center for Innovation foster an environment where young minds can see firsthand the possibilities of innovation in hopes to shape the future generation of leaders. 


People of the Park:

Mark Rico

Meet Mark Rico, Facilities Project Manager with Jacobs! Mark was recently promoted from lab manager to his current position to aid the Tech Parks Arizona team with building facilities operations. As of June 2023, Mark has officially worked here at the UA Tech Park for 13 years! When not on the job, Mark is known for his love of cruise traveling and his grill master status for his love of cooking on grills, smokers and griddles. Thanks for all your assistance and dedication to the job, Mark! 



Building 9072

Interested in growing your business? Be part of an environment built with your purpose in mind. Building 9072 offers 115,632 square feet of rentable multi-use space. Office, prototyping, assembling, and other options for your business needs. Companies have the versatility to customize their own space to suit their needs, all while benefiting from the well-established university research park.



One of the Best Food Cities in the U.S.

Tucson is ranked a top 10 food city by Travel + Leisure. Tucson was the first U.S. city to be deemed a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2015. Tucson received this distinction from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), because the food here tells a story that dates back 4,000 years. The city’s culinary heritage is a tapestry of Mexican and Native American traditions. Eating local means honoring history, and each bite is an experience. Today, the destination continues to wow culinary connoisseurs. Many of the Tucson restaurants incorporate locally sourced ingredients into their drinks and dishes providing a unique and authentic cuisine that cannot be found anywhere else.


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