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NSF I/UCRC 2009 Annual Meeting


Partnering for Innovation:
Collaborating Across Sectors, Agencies and Institutions

January 7-9, 2009
Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia

Agenda

 


Meeting Objectives

  1. To provide a forum for NSF, I/UCRC Directors, Evaluators, Operations Staff, and other I/UCRC stakeholders to interact and exchange information and ideas about best practices, and common issues and concerns

  2. To afford NSF the opportunity to brief the I/UCRCs on program-related issues and information, including opportunities for supplemental funding and synergies with other government and industry programs

  3. To facilitate peer exchange on technical and management issues and to promote increased collaboration and cooperation among Centers

  4. To illuminate trends in relationships between federal, industry, and academic partners and explore opportunities and implications for Centers

Day 0, Wednesday January 7, 2009

5:00 – 7:00pm

Hospitality Reception

Day 1, Thursday January 8, 2009

8:30 – 9:30am

Optional Pre-Sessions:

Supplemental Funding Options at NSF
Various supplemental funding opportunities at NSF are described, with a spotlight on international funding programs
Mary Poats, EHR/EEC Program Manager
Anne Emig, NSF/OISE Program Manager (download .ppt)

How to Manage a Successful Planning Grant
Two new I/UCRC directors share their unique experiences and tips in an open forum discussion of the dos and don’ts of managing a successful planning grant
Duane Abata,  Director, Center for Biofuels,
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (download .ppt)
Norman Fitz-Coy,  Director, Advanced Space Technologies Research and Engineering Center (ASTREC), University of Florida (download .pdf)

8:30 – 9:30am

NSF I/UCRC Evaluators Meeting (Session 1 of 2)

NSF I/UCRC Evaluation Project: 2007-08 Updates
Eric Sundstrom, NSF I/UCRC Evaluator, University of Tennessee
Denis Gray, NSF I/UCRC Evaluator, North Carolina State University
Update on Evaluation Practice; New Evaluator Protocol; Summary and analysis of results from the 2007-08 Membership Report & Industry Questionnaire and Faculty Questionnaire from all participating I/UCRCs

9:30 – 10:00am

Break

10:00 –11:00am

Plenary 1 – Potomac Ballroom

Welcome and NSF Program Updates
Ann Becker, President, Ann Becker and Associates, Inc.
Mike Reischman, Deputy Assistant Director, ENG/OAD, NSF
Kesh Narayanan, Director, ENG/IIP, NSF
Babu DasGupta, NSF I/UCRC Program Director
Glenn Larsen, NSF Program Director, IIP and EFRI
Rita Rodriquez, NSF Program Director, CISE/CNS

11:00 – 12:00pm

Plenary 2 – Potomac Ballroom

Recruiting Member Companies:  An Inside View of Firm Decision Making
How and why do firms decide to join or not to join a Center?  Hear the findings of a recent I/UCRC-sponsored study at North Carolina State University that asked this question of 50+ U.S. companies. Representatives from two of these companies will provide a retrospective of their decisionmaking process, and insights useful to I/UCRCs in their marketing and recruitment efforts, especially in a challenged economy
Moderator: Denis Gray, Principal Investigator, I/UCRC Evaluation Project

Drew Rivers, Membership Project Manager, I/UCRC Evaluation Project (download .ppt)
Dave Witter, Principal, Anaxtal Inc., Rock Hill, South Carolina
John Sheridan, Advanced Engineering Manager, Solidica, Ann Arbor, Michigan (download .ppt)

12:00 – 1:30pm

Networking Lunch
Assigned seating to achieve a mix of experience levels, informally “hosted” by an I/UCRC Evaluator

Presentation of the Schwarzkopf Award – Capital View Ballroom
Sayfe Kiaei, Chair, I/UCRC Directors Association, and Director, Connection One, Arizona State University

1:30 – 2:00pm

Transition Break

2:00 – 3:15pm

Concurrent Sessions for All

Research Planning and Decision Making
Directors will share how they handle a variety of research-related planning and decision-making activities, including: how to develop short and longer term research agendas; how to manage a center’s research portfolio; how and when to phase out projects and thrust areas; and how to promote effective “team science” across sites.
Facilitator: Bruce Thompson, Director, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), Iowa State University (download .ppt)

Rich Haber, Co-Director, Ceramic and Composite Materials Center (CCMC), Rutgers University
Alan Greenberg, Director, Membrane Applied Science and Technology (MAST) Center, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jay Lee, Director, Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Cincinnati

Meeting the Challenge of Self-sufficiency
Over the past five years, 25+ I/UCRCs have “graduated” from the I/UCRC program andmet the challenge of sustaining and growing without NSF funding. The results of the first comprehensive study of the status of graduated centers will shed light on their measures of success, and Directors from graduated centers will share their highlights and lowlights on their paths to self-sufficiency, even when facing national economic challenges.
Moderator: John Ringo, Director, Center for Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits (CDA/DIC), Washington State University

Lindsey McGowen, I/UCRC Evaluation Project, North Carolina State Univ. (download .ppt)
Wilson McGarel, Director, QUESTOR Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK (download .ppt)
David Matlock, Director, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC), Colorado School of Mines

Promoting I/UCRC Best Practices
Leaders of two I/UCRC projects (A Toolkit for I/UCRC Directors and Expanded I/UCRC Case Study) to document and codify I/UCRC management best practices will highlight the status of these projects and share specific best practices and tools. 
Moderator: Otto Doering, I/UCRC Evaluator, Purdue University

Bill Arbegast, Director, Center for Friction Stir Processing (CFSP), South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (download .ppt)
Janis Terpenny, Director, Center for e-Design, Virginia Tech (download .ppt)



3:15 - 3:45pm

Break – Potomac Foyer

3:45 – 5:00pm

Plenary 3 – Potomac Ballroom

The Hybrid I/UCRC: Different Models, Different Challenges
As they mature, some I/UCRCs move toward more organizationally complex structures, including “hybrid” centers that receive significant funding from non-industry sources, such as State and Federal agencies. Directors from hybrid Centers will show different extensions of the basic I/UCRC model, how they function, and the unique challenges they pose, with a focus on how these models can thrive in today’s challenging economic climate
Moderator: Arlene Garrison, NSF Program Director, Office of Integrative Activities (OD/OIA), and former I/UCRC Director, Measurement and Control Engineering Center (MCEC), University of Tennessee

Larry Hornak
, Director, Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR), West Virginia University
Sayfe Kiaei, Director, Connection One, Arizona State University
Ian Pepper, Director, Arizona Water Quality Center (WQC), University of Arizona

 5:00 – 5:45pm

I/UCRC Directors Association Meeting – Potomac D

 5:30 – 7:30pm

The Social Hour – Capital View Ballroom


Day 2, Friday January 9, 2009

7:00– 8:00am

Breakfast and Roundtable Sign-up

8:00 – 9:00am

Plenary 4

Federal R&D: A Post-Election Perspective
Congressional representative will provide forecasts about how the results of the November presidential election will change federal funding priorities and allocations. Emphasis will be placed on research funding for universities and cooperative research with industry.
Moderator: James Brown,AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, NSF

John Sargent, Specialist, Science and Technology Policy Resources, Science and Industry Division, Congressional Research Service (CRS), Washington, DC
> Download John Sargent's Presentation (1.5 mb PowerPoint)

9:00 - 9:30am

Coffee break

9:30 – 10:45am

Concurrent Sessions

Roundtables for Directors
Interactive discussions organized by common or complementary technical foci or topical issues. Topics to include mega-Centers, international ties, small business partnerships

Operations Session: The Many Hats We Wear
Presentation and discussion of select areas of responsibility for Operations staff, including communications, meeting planning, marketing, and member recruitment and retention

Evaluator Session: Success Stories, Research Briefs, and June Meeting Plans
  Facilitators: Eric Sundstrom and Denis Gray

Evaluator Success Stories for March 2009 Evaluator Reports
Denis Gray and Eric Sundstrom

Technology Breakthrough Project III Status Report
Craig Scott, NSF I/UCRC Evaluator, University of Washington

I/UCRC Exit Interview Project – Status Report
David Meyer, I/UCRC Evaluator, Boise State University, and Craig Scott

I/UCRC Member Recruiting Study – Status Report
Denis Gray and Drew Rivers

Graduated I/UCRC Study – Follow-up Plans
Lindsey McGowen, I/UCRC Evaluation Program, North Carolina State University

June 2009 Evaluator Meeting Plans: Select topics and presenter teams
Eric Sundstrom

9:30 – 10:45am

Concurrent Sessions

Directors -

Roundtables (Sign up before 8:00am Friday; locations to be announced in preceding Plenary 4)
Directors select from among seven interactive discussions: two general technology areas –  in support of TIE project opportunities –  and five topical issues of timely importance to Centers

Technology Areas

  • Information, Communication, and Computing
  • Energy and Environment - Barry Goldfarb

Topical Issues

  • Multi-site Centers – Russ Meller
  • SBIR Membership / Mechanisms – Babu DasGupta and Glenn Larsen
  • Recruiting: Surviving the Long Term – John Huggins
  • International Ties and Supplemental Funding – George Rozgonyi (and TBD from NSF)
  • Peer exchange on surviving tough economic times – Flaura Winston

Operations -

The Many Hats We Wear
In your Center, are you the event planner?  The office manager?  Web technician, marketing director, or some combination? Center Operations personnel often wear many hats, and this session is designed as an open forum to discuss challenges and strategies in areas that you identified as being important right now: communications, meeting planning and marketing, and member recruitment and retention
Facilitator: Karen Standley, Program Coordinator, Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi), University of Arkansas

Lisa Schabenberger, Program Coordinator, Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS), North Carolina State University - Communications
Parvathy Menon, Program Coordinator, Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia – Meeting Planning and Marketing
Karen Standley  – Member Recruitment and Retention

Evaluators -

Success Stories, Research Briefs, and June Meeting Plans
Update on the I/UCRC Evaluation Project, including reports on supplemental projects. Preview and selection from proposed topics for the June 2009 NSF I/UCRC Evaluators meeting
Facilitators: Eric Sundstrom and Denis Gray

Evaluator Success Stories for March 2009 Evaluator Reports
Denis Gray and Eric Sundstrom

Technology Breakthrough Project III Status Report
Craig Scott, NSF I/UCRC Evaluator, University of Washington

I/UCRC Exit Interview Project – Status Report
David Meyer, I/UCRC Evaluator, Boise State University, and Craig Scott

I/UCRC Member Recruiting Study – Status Report
Denis Gray and Drew Rivers

Graduated I/UCRC Study – Follow-up Plans
Lindsey McGowen, I/UCRC Evaluation Program, North Carolina State University

June 2009 Evaluator Meeting Plans: Select topics and presenter teams
Eric Sundstrom

10:45 - 11:00am

Transition Break

12:00 - 12:00pm

Review and Open Forum

Valuable Takeaways & Surprises
Eric Sundstrom (download .ppt)

Closing Remarks
Babu DasGupta

12:00pm

Adjourn and lunches to go


 

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