Wizdom Announces Award of Phase II DoD SBIR to Research Methods to Increase Production of Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs): Focal Plane Arrays Produced by Rockwell Scientific are Crucial to Nation’s Missile Defense System

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Wizdom Systems, Inc., a leading consulting and engineering services company has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research grant from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to research process and control methods that will significantly increase the yield in the production of Focal Plane Arrays (FPA), devices crucial to the successful deployment of the nations missile defense system. The project is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory; Space Vehicles Directorate. Wizdom is teamed with Rockwell Science Center RSC of Thousand Oaks, California, which is the end producer of the FPAs. This grant marks Wizdom’s tenth SBIR awarded by the Federal Government.

Wizdom Systems, Inc., a leading consulting and engineering services company has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research grant from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to research process and control methods that will significantly increase the yield in the production of Focal Plane Arrays (FPA), devices crucial to the successful deployment of the nations missile defense system. The project is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory; Space Vehicles Directorate. Wizdom is teamed with Rockwell Science Center RSC of Thousand Oaks, California, which is the end producer of the FPAs. This grant marks Wizdom’s tenth SBIR awarded by the Federal Government.

The major objective of Wizdom’s SBIR grant is to research ways to increase the yield, improve production technology, and reduce the cost for focal plane arrays. FPAs represent an important aspect of detecting and identifying enemy threats at increased range with greater accuracy.

Under this SBIR, Wizdom is researching improved Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Surface Temperature Control through Metrology Alternatives and improved Material Features Correlation using advances in predictive theoretical models. The result will be an impact/opportunity assessment of new methods, materials and particular ways of controlling the process with new algorithms and instrumentation.

"Scientific research is vital to ensuring America's economic, energy and national security," said U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Science Committee. "Research often hinges on federal grants such as SBIRs to provide influential companies like Wizdom Systems with the added monetary tools they need to go forward with crucial projects."

“As has been our history, Wizdom expects to carry forward these SBIRs to Phase II implementation,” said Dennis E. Wisnosky, Wizdom founder and President. “The result for RSC will be significant improvement in their ability to increase production quantity. The result for MDA will be lower cost per unit. And, the result for Wizdom will be entry in to a new market segment with advanced controls technology.

About Wizdom Since 1986, Wizdom has been a recognized leader in providing clients with innovative process-based business and software solutions for improving performance. Wizdom’s range of integrated software, training and consulting products enables its clients to communicate, plan and execute a unified corporate strategy. Wizdom helps businesses grow by aggressively pursuing new opportunities and employing the best business practices. Wizdom’s corporate headquarters is located in Naperville, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. In 1986 Wizdom sold Wizdom Controls, Inc to Emerson Electric. The flagship product of Wizdom Controls, Inc. was Paradym-31, the world’s first Softlogic and was a direct result of an earlier Wizdom SBIR.

For information contact Robin Davies at (630) 357-3000 ext. 3084, robind@wizdom.com, or visit Wizdom’s website at http://www.wizdom.com.

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