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congresswoman-stephanie-murphyFollowing an exciting week for Team Orlando at I/ITSEC, on Monday, Dec. 5, Congresswoman-elect Stephanie Murphy, her chief of staff, Brad Howard, and district director, Lauren Allen, met with Lt. Gen. (Ret) Tom Baptiste, president/CEO, NCS; Capt. Erik Etz, commander, NAWCTSD/NSA Orlando; Dr. Dan Holsenbeck, senior vice president, UCF University Relations; Ed Schons, associate vice president, UCF University Relations; Dr. Tom O’Neal, associate vice president, UCF Office of Research & Commercialization; Fred Kittinger, senior associate VP, UCF University Relations; George Cheros, COO, NCS; and Angela Alban, president/CEO, SIMETRI & NCS board member, to talk about Team Orlando and the impact of the MS&T Industry in central Florida .

“We were pleased to spend time with Congresswoman-elect Murphy and it was a good orientation and first visit for her,” said Baptiste. “In an effort to get her familiar with the many players who help bring success to Team Orlando, I provided her a history of MS&T in central Florida, as well a BRAC update that included news on Partnership IV and V.”
Baptiste said that O’Neal briefed the Congresswoman-elect on the UCF Incubator and Office of Research & Commercialization; Etz talked about NAWCTSD’s initiatives and the partnership with the other services; and Holsenbeck shared UCF’s perspective on the Research Park and the importance of MS&T and UCF to the central Florida region.
“Congresswoman-elect Murphy pledged to be a big supporter of Team Orlando and the MS&T industry, and she is looking to return soon for an expanded orientation visit with the military, combined with a possible visit with UCF President Dr. John Hitt and other UCF leadership,” added Baptiste.

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