David Mendonca, RPI, Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering


David Mendonca, RPI, Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Sage 4101

November 15, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This talk is a personal reflection on the research funding enterprise based on two years recently spent as a program officer in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The objective of this talk is to convey one set of opinions (my own) on the circumstances and content that tend to be associated with successful (or at least highly competitive) proposals. A brief, functional overview of NSF serves as a prelude to three main themes: the genealogy and lifecycle of NSF programs and NSF Divisions as important circumstantial factors in determining the fit of your idea to a given program; the intermediary role of panels and other forms of review in the funding process; and, lastly, how study design can make or break a proposal. The talk concludes with a summary of factors to consider in deciding on the content, timing and target program for your research proposals.

 David Mendonca is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Until recently, he directed the National Science Foundation’s program in Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment (formerly IMEE), while participating in the creation and/or administration of a number of cross-cutting initiatives. His research focuses on the development and application of systems engineering methods in the domain of disaster response.

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