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NSF welcomes Linda Blevins as Engineering deputy assistant director

Linda Blevins

Linda Blevins, Engineering deputy assistant director

December 20, 2017

The National Science Foundation has appointed Linda Blevins to serve as deputy assistant director for the Directorate for Engineering, effective December 10, 2017. The Directorate invests in engineering research and education to create critical building blocks for the nation's future health, prosperity and security.

NSF provides more than 40 percent of federal funding for fundamental research in engineering at academic institutions, and several Engineering Directorate programs also foster innovation and technology transfer. Engineering awards spur breakthroughs in advanced manufacturing, health care, sustainable energy and agriculture, resilient infrastructure and more.

For the past 11 years, Blevins has served in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, first as technical and international advisor in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences and then as senior technical advisor in the Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs.

Previously, Blevins was a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories; during 2004–2006, she took leave from Sandia to serve as an NSF Engineering program director in the area of combustion, fire and plasma systems. Before joining Sandia, she spent four years on the staff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Blevins’ research has spanned many areas of combustion, such as chemical kinetic modeling of flames and fire suppression, instrumentation, and biomass and coal combustion and products. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama, her master’s degree at Virginia Tech, and her Ph.D. at Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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