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Joan M. Frye

Joan M. Frye
Phone: (703) 292-5046
Room: 935.01 S
Organization:   (OIA)
Title:  Senior Staff Associate



  • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Ph.D., Chemistry, 1985
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    B.A., Chemistry, 1978

Employment History:

January 2008 - present
Senior Staff Associate
Project Lead for NSF 2026; Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships Program (STC) cohort FY 2008-2010

August 2015 - June 2017 (on detail)
Acting Deputy Office Head
Office of the Director/Office of Integrative Activities (OD/OIA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

July - October 2014 (on detail)
Acting Deputy Division Director
Human Resource Development Division
Education and Human Resources Directorate

July 2012 - July 2013 (on detail)
Senior Policy Analyst
White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP)

October 2011 - July 2012 (on detail)
Program Director
OD/Office of International Science & Engineering
Responsible for the Partnerships for International Research & Education (PIRE) Program

January 2006 - December 2007
Staff Associate
Responsible for the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, FY 2006-2007; Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships Program (STC) competition, FY 2008-2010
Office of the Director's Liaison to the Office of the Inspector General

August 1997 - December 2005
Program Director
August 1995 - July 1997
Visiting Scientist
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences/Division of Chemistry

Program manager for the Experimental Physical Chemistry Program (8/95-3/97) and Chemical Instrumentation Program (3/97-12/05). CHE representative for numerous NSF-wide programs, including MRI, Biocomplexity in the Environment, Plasma Science and Engineering, Nanoscale Science and Engineering, IGERT, and the Science and Technology Center Programs. Member of MPS Infrastructure Working Group and MPS-EHR Working Group on Diversity. Participated in numerous outreach activities to inform chemistry community regarding funding opportunities in program, including NSF Grants Workshops and MRI Grants Workshops.

August 1994 - August 1997
Associate Professor, with tenure
August 1989 - August 1994
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Howard University, Washington, DC
Taught General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Molecular Structure courses. Conducted NASA- and AFOSR-funded research on high resolution infrared laser spectroscopy with graduate and advanced undergraduate students. As a member of the NSF-funded Materials Science Research Center of Excellence, participated in interdisciplinary research involving thin film growth of III-V materials and the use of infrared laser spectroscopy as an in situ probe of chemical vapor deposition processes.

Professional Activities:

Member of the American Physical Society (APS), National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Past-chair of the Committee on Minorities of the APS. Current member of the Committee on Minority Affairs of the ACS.