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NSF IUCRC 2005 Annual Meeting

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January 12-14, 2005
Key Bridge Marriot, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA




  • To provide a forum for the IUCRC Directors, Evaluators, and Center Operations personnel to interact with one another, NSF, and other IUCRC stakeholders to exchange information and ideas about common issues and concerns;
  • To enable NSF to brief the IUCRC representatives on new activities and policies related to the program; and
  • To illuminate economic, public policy, corporate and related trends, and explore implications for the centers and their success.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 (Optional)

3:00 - 7:00pm Poster display boards available for pick-up in the View Ballroom, 14th floor
5:00 - 7:00pm Hospitality Reception in the View Ballroom

Thursday, January 13, 2005, Day 1

7:30 – 9:45am Continental Breakfast and Registration - Potomac Ballroom Foyer
8:30 - 9:25am

Optional Pre-Session: Supplemental Funding Options at NSF - Potomac CD
Mary Poats, Program Manager, IUCRC Program, EEC/ENG; and Bonnie Thompson, Program Manager, Office of International Science and Engineering, Office of the Director, NSF

Purpose: Brief IUCRC representatives on various funding opportunities within NS
9:30 - 10:30am

Welcome and IUCRC Program Update - Potomac Ballroom

Alex Schwarzkopf and Rita Rodriguez, Program Manager, Division of Computer and Network Systems, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, NSF

Avelino Gonzales, Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Brian Sherwell, Graduate Student and NSF IUCRC Intern, University of Central Florida

Purpose: Provide status report on the IUCRC program and brief IUCRCs on various policy changes and opportunities

Brief overview of meeting agenda and logistical information Ann Becker, President, Ann Becker and Associates, Inc., Chicago, IL

10:30 - 11:00am Break and Poster Session I - Potomac Ballroom Royer Refer to the Poster Session Schedule in your meeting packet
Refer to the Poster Session Layout in your meeting packet

Purpose: Allow directors to share their center research with one another in support of possible project collaborations in the future

11:00am - Noon

Plenary Session I: Defining Challenges for IUCRCs - Potomac Ballroom
Moderator: Denis Gray, NSF IUCRC Evaluator, and Professor of Psychology, North Carolina State University


  • Recruitment and Retention of Members - Dale Niesz, Former Co-Director, Ceramic and Composite Materials Center (CCMC), Rutgers University
  • Managing the Multi-University Center - Sayfe Kiaei, Director, Connection One: Communication Circuits and Systems Research Center
  • Succession Planning and Transition - Ken Swartzel, Former Director, Center for Aseptic Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS), North Carolina State University

Purpose: Experienced and successful directors present examples of significant obstacles or challenges that their centers have had to overcome, stimulating discussion of these and other challenges, and possible solutions, in the afternoon small group discussions.

Noon - 1:30pm Lunch and Presentation by the IUCRC Directors Association - View Ballroom
Introduction: Gary Gabriele, Division Director, EEC/ENG, NSF
Welcome: John Brighton, Assistant Director, ENG/OAD, NSF

Bruce Thompson, Chair, IUCRC Directors Association, and Director, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), Iowa State University

Purpose: Brief participants on the status of the IUCRC Directors Association and present its 2005 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation to the first recipient, Thomas J. Overbye, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1:45 - 2:30pm Coffee, Dessert and Poster Session II- Potomac Ballroom Foyer Refer to the Poster Session Schedule in your meeting packet
2:30 - 4:00pm Small Group Discussions Purpose: Allow attendees to participate in a facilitated small group discussion focused on a specific topic of importance to centers, and to share the outcomes of their discussions with the entire group.

Reportbacks from Small Group Discussions- Potomac Ballroom Eric Sundstrom, NSF IUCRC Evaluator, and Professor of Psychology, The University of Tennessee

2:30 - 4:00pm

Breakout for Operations Management and Staff - Madison Room Jane Laux, Center Coordinator and Manager of Center Administration, Connection One, Arizona State University; and Karen Standley, Program Coordinator, Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Purpose: Provide center Operations personnel an opportunity to discuss and share ideas on meetings considerations (timelines, agenda, funding, poster sessions) that impact the core center administration

2:30 - 4:00pm

Breakout for Evaluators - Adams Room
Updates from Alex; Research Committee report from Eric; database update from Denis, Jennifer and Don; and more ...

4:00 - 4:30pm Soft Drinks and Poster Session III- Potomac Ballroom Foyer Refer to the Poster Session Layout in your meeting packet
4:30 - 5:30pm Plenary Session II: Radical Innovation and Cooperative Research Centers - Potomac Ballroom
Moderator: Dave Tansik, NSF IUCRC Evaluator and Professor, Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona

Richard Leifer, Director of Executive Programs and Professor, Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Co-author, Radical Innovation; and Former NSF IUCRC Evaluator

Purpose: Share insights into why the prospect of radical innovation has captured the imagination of U.S. firms and what role, if any, cooperative research centers can play in a firm's strategy to produce technological breakthroughs.

5:30 - 7:30pm The Social Hour in the View Ballroom
All posters informally on display

Friday, January 14, 2005, Day 2

7:00 - 8:00am Continental Breakfast and Poster Session IV (7:30 - 8:00) - Potomac Ballroom Foyer
Refer to the Poster Session Layout in your meeting packet
8:00 - 9:00am Plenary Session III: New and Emerging Federal Funding Opportunities - Potomac Ballroom
Moderator: Don Price

Kenneth Harwell, Basic Research Directorate, U.S. Dept. of Defense; Mihail Roco, Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology, NSF, and Chair, U.S. National Science, Engineering and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET); and Mary Ellen Hynes, Deputy, Critical Infrastructure Protection R&D, and U.S. Army Engineer Liaison Officer, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Purpose: Representatives of three federal agencies share their respective research activities and interests in order for centers to be aware of potential partnership opportunities.

9:20 - 10:45am Technology Cluster Discussions - to be announced
Facilitators to date: Bruce Thompson; Ed Haug, Director Emeritus, Center for Virtual Proving Ground Simulation, The University of Iowa; and Alan Greenberg, Director, Membrane Applied Science and Technology (MAST) Center

Purpose: Facilitated technology cluster-based breakout sessions help increase awareness of complementary research and stimulate development of externally submitted joint research proposals, including TIE projects

Advanced Electronics (AE)
Materials Fabrication and Manufacturing (MFM)
Information and Computer Systems (ICS)
Infrastructure Systems and Logistics (ISL)
Energy and Environment (EE)
Health, Safety, and Biological Systems (HSBS)

9:20 - 10:45am Breakout for Operations Management and Staff - Madison Room Dan Guido, Operations Manager, Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Purpose: Review of IUCRC portal under development
9:20 - 10:45am Breakout for Evaluators - Adams Room
Dave Tansik

Purpose: Provide Evaluators an opportunity to discuss and prepare a recommendation to Alex on what the semi-annual Evaluators Meetings’ purpose(s) should be and how to affect them.
10:45 - 11:00am Light Break - Potomac Ballroom Foyer
11:00am - Noon Reportbacks and Open Forum - Potomac Ballroom
Eric Sundstrom
Purposes: Share highlights of the Technology Cluster Discussions and the Operations and Evaluators Meetings (both days) that demonstrate the value of these interactions to the IUCRCs; and consider as a group what, if any, ongoing role the IUCRC meeting can play to help foster cross-center technical collaboration.
Noon Adjourn and Box Lunches to Go - Potomac Ballroom Foyer
12:00 - 1:00pm IUCRC Directors Association Meeting - Potomac D
Bruce Thompson