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NSF IUCRC 2008 Annual Meeting

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Partnering for Innovation:
Collaborating Across Sectors, Agencies and Institutions

January 9-11, 2008
Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia



Meeting Objectives

  • To provide a forum for NSF, IUCRC Directors, Evaluators, Operations Staff and other IUCRC stakeholders to interact and exchange information and ideas about best practices, common issues, and concerns;
  • To afford NSF the opportunity to brief the IUCRCs on program-related issues and information, including opportunities for supplemental funding and synergies with other government and industry programs;
  • To facilitate peer exchange on technical and management issues and to promote increased collaboration and cooperation among Centers;
  • To illuminate trends in federal and industry research priorities, and explore opportunities and implications for Centers

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Informal Hospitality and Registration Check-in - Capital View Ballroom

Thursday, January 10, 2008

7:00am – 9:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast - Potomac Ballroom Foyer

8:00am – 9:00am

Directors Pre-Session: Supplemental Funding Options within NSF
- Potomac B
Timely and detailed information will emphasize supplemental funding opportunities provided by other divisions and directorates within NSF.
John Daniels, AAAS Fellow, NSF

Directors Pre-Session: How to Make the Most of Your Planning Grand Meeting (optional) - Potomac C
A discussion of experiences and best practices for planning and conducting the planning grant meeting.

Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Director, Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC), North Carolina State University, and Larry Gamm, Director, Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), Texas A&M Health Sciences Center
> Download Behnam Pourdeyhimi's Presentation (446 kb PowerPoint)
> Download Larry Gamm's Presentation (972 kb PowerPoint)

8:00am – 9:00am

Evaluators Breakout I Potomac D
Eric Sundstrom, NSF IUCRC Evaluator, University of Tennessee, and
Denis Gray, NSF IUCRC Evaluator, North Carolina State University

* New Evaluator Protocol & Revised Questionnaires
* Summary of 2006-07 IUCRC Structural Data
* Update on Evaluator Calendar

8:00am – 9:00am

Operations Breakout, “What's on your mind?” – Francis Scott Key A
A networking session for brainstorming, sharing, and problemsolving on topics of importance to Center Operations.
Facilitator: Joanne Aller, Administrative Assistant, Center for Dielectric Studies (CDS), The Pennsylvania State University

9:00am – 9:15am

Transition break – Potomac Ballroom Foyer

9:15am – 9:30am

Welcome and Opening Remarks Potomac Ballroom
Michael Reischman
, Deputy Assistant Director, ENG/NSF

9:30am – 10:30am

Plenary I, “An Industrial Perspective on Cooperative Research: Emerging Trends and Issues”Potomac Ballroom
Moderator: Michael Reischman

Wayne Johnson, Vice President, Worldwide University Relations, Hewlett-Packard
> Download Wayne Johnson's Presentation (5mb PowerPoint)

10:30am – 11:00am

Break– Potomac Ballroom Foyer

11:00am – 12:15pm

Plenary Session II, Welcome and NSF Program Updates – Potomac Ballroom

Welcome and Brief Introductory Remarks
Ann Becker
, President, Ann Becker and Associates, Inc.

NSF Welcome and Program Updates

Kesh Narayanan, Director, Office of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), NSF

Alex Schwarzkopf, IUCRC Program Director, NSF

12:15pm – 1:45pm

Lunch – Capital View Ballroom

2008 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation
Bruce Thompson, Chair, IUCRC Directors Association, and Director, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), Iowa State University

1:45pm – 2:00pm

Transition Break– Potomac Ballroom

2:00pm – 3:30pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Open to all)

Forging Effective Multi-University Management– Potomac A

Moderator: David Meyer, NSF IUCRC Evaluator, Boise State University
Directors highlight key challenges and strategies for running their successful multi-university IUCRCs.  Connection One will share their example of a long-established Center integrating a more recent Center.  CHREC will share what they are learning as a young Center and partner site that are “growing up” together.

  • Communications Circuits and Systems (Connection One)
    Sayfe Kiaei, Director, Arizona State University, and John Volakis, Co-Director, Ohio State University
  • Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC)
    Alan George, Director, University of Florida, and Brent Nelson, Co-Director, Brigham Young University

Center Management Innovations: Local Best Practices – Potomac B
Facilitator: Denis Gray, NSF IUCRC Evaluator, North Carolina State University
A facilitated group discussion that focuses on center innovations including IAB member mentoring, undergraduate student research initiatives, and creative approaches to state funding.

  • Magdy Iskander, Co-Director, Connection One, University of Hawaii
  • Alan Greenberg , Executive Director, Membrane Applied Science and Technology (MAST) Center, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Larry Hornak, Co-Director, Center for Identification Technology Research (CiTER), West Virginia University
  • Flaura Winston, Director, Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CCHIPS), The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Developing Effective Center Marketing Strategies and Materials (Attendees are encouraged to bring sample materials to share.) – Potomac C
Moderator: Joanne Aller, Administrative Assistant, Center for Dielectric Studies (CDS), The Pennsylvania State University
Centers invest a great deal of time and resources in developing and deploying marketing information via various media. Center representatives share strategies and materials that have been particularly effective in attracting member and non-member interest.

  • Websites: Parvathy Menon, Center Coordinator, CCHIPS, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Exhibit/booth at industrial society meetings: Bob Hocken, Director, Center for Precision Metrology (CPM), The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Sponsored workshops in new research areas: Rich Haber, Co-director, Ceramic and Composite Materials Center (CCMC), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Forging Successful Multi-Center Collaborations – Francis Scott Key B
Moderator: Craig Scott, NSF IUCRC Evaluator, University of Washington
A panel of directors involved in different types of multi-center partnering efforts (e.g., TIE grants, targeted partnering with and membership of non-U.S. entities) will describe and discuss strategies for forging successful collaborations and the challenges that must be overcome. Discussion will focus on how to build partnerships that can compete successfully for extramural funding

  • Jay Lee, Director, Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Cincinnati, and Sami Rizkalla, Director, Center for Repair of Buildings and Bridges with Composites, North Carolina State University
  • George Rozgonyi, Director, Silicon Wafer Engineering and Defect Science Center (SiWEDS), North Carolina State University, and Gerd Duscher, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
3:30pm – 4:00pm

Break – Potomac Ballroom Foyer

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Plenary III
Feedback to the National Science Board: How Cost-Sharing Changes Affect the IUCRCs – Potomac Ballroom
About a year ago, the NSB restructured NSF's guidelines about cost-sharing. In this session, NSB representatives invite comment from and dialogue with IUCRC directors on cost-sharing rules and how they affect IUCRCs.

Kelvin Droegemeier
, Chairman, Task Force on Cost-Sharing, NSB

5:00pm – 5:30pm

IUCRC Directors Association Meeting – Potomac D
Bruce Thompson, Chair

5:30pm – 7:00pm

The Social Hour – Capital View Ballroom

Friday, January 11, 2008

7:00am – 8:00am

Continental Breakfast – Potomac Ballroom Foyer

8:00am – 9:15am

Plenary Session IV
A Case Study: Managing the Center Research Portfolio
– Potomac Ballroom

Moderator: Ken Swartzel
In order for a center to be successful, directors must coordinate the planning, start-up and implementation of a large portfolio of center research projects, often across multiple universities.  In this session, representatives from the CFSP describe the strategy and tools they have used to develop and maintain an effective center research program. Attendees will receive a copy of these management tools at the meeting.

Bill Arbegast, Director, Center for Friction Stir Processing (CFSP), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
> Download Bill Arbegast's Presentation (10mb PowerPoint)

9:15am – 9:45am


9:45am – 11:00am

Technical and Topical Roundtables (For Directors and Operations Staff)
Interactive discussions organized by common or complementary technical foci or topical issues
Meeting the Challenges of Self-Sufficiency Francis Scott Key A
Ken Swartzel, Director of graduated Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS), North Carolina State University, and Karl Reid, Director of graduated Web Handling Research Center, Oklahoma State University
Update on CISE Initiatives – Potomac A
Rita Rodriguez, Program Director, CISE/CNS, NSF
International Company Memberships – Georgetown A
Bruce Thompson, Director, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), Iowa State University
New Opportunities in MIPR Funding – Potomac B
Glenn Larsen, Program Director, ENG/IIP and ENG/EFRI, NSF
Small Business Recruitment and SBIR/STTR Initiatives – Potomac C
Babu Dasgupta, Program Director, ENG/IIP, NSF, and John Van Zee, Director, Center for Fuel Cells (CFC), University of South Carolina

Member Recruitment – Georgetown B
Alan Greenberg, Executive Director, MAST Center, University of Colorado at Boulder

Centers with Research Foci in Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment – Georgetown C
Duane Abata, Dean of Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

9:45am – 11:00am

Evaluators Breakout II – Potomac D
Evaluator Research Reports & Business Meeting
Eric Sundstrom and Denis Gray

IUCRC Member Recruiting Study – Denis Gray and Drew Rivers, IUCRC Evaluation Program, North Carolina State University

Graduated IUCRC Study – Lindsey McGowen, IUCRC Evaluation Program, North Carolina State University

Inter-University Partnership Study – Andrea Lloyd, IUCRC Evaluation Program, North Carolina State University

IUCRC Exit Interview Project – Status Report – David Meyer, Boise State University, and Craig Scott, University of Washington

Evaluator Business Meeting: Preview and select from proposed topics and prospective outside speakers for the June 2008 NSF IUCRC Evaluators meeting.

11:00am – 12:15pm

Report Back and Open Forum – Potomac Ballroom
Eric Sundstrom


Adjourn and Box Lunches to go