Dr. Guebre X. Tessema
NSF Program Director in the Division of Materials Research, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
As an IPA, I was able to fulfill my NSF responsibilities while still remaining in touch with my research by taking full advantage of NSF's Independent Research and Development (IRD). The Program Director position was flexible enough and provided adequate travel funds for me to travel between Washington, DC and Clemson University every two weeks to conduct research with my team and fulfill my teaching and training responsibilities to my Ph.D. students. A few of my Ph.D. student even graduated while I was a rotator.