New FAU Faculty Visit the NSF and ADI in Washington D.C.

New FAU Faculty Visit the NSF and ADI in Washington D.C.

FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science faculty members traveled to Washington D.C. at the end of February 2015 to meet with administrators of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and American Defense International (ADI) to find out what it takes to win competitive grants and advance the frontiers of science and engineering.

Pramod P. Khargonekar, Ph.D., Assistant Director and Head of the Engineering Directorate, NSF discussed various thematic areas of research in engineering, integration of research and education and grant writing techniques with the group. Each faculty member then had an opportunity to meet with their respective program managers.

The ADI visit focused on introducing the new faculty’s expertise to Van D. Hipp, Jr., Chairman, ADI and followed with a discussion on various areas of research with an interest in the Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Members of the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science that attended the events were Hassan Mahfuz, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research; from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, Yan Yong, Ph.D., Interim Chair; assistant professors Sudhagar Nagarajan, Ph.D., Hongbo Su, Ph.D. and Peng Yi, Ph.D.; from the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Nurgun Erdol, Ph.D., Chair; assistant professors Waseem Asghar, Ph.D., Feng-hao Liu, Ph.D., Dingding Wang, Ph.D. and Mehrdad Nojoumian, Ph.D.; from the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, Javad Hashemi, Ph.D., Chair; assistant professors Oscar Curet, Ph.D., Sarah Du, Ph.D., Erik Engeberg, Ph.D., Kevin Kang, Ph.D. and Myeongsub Kim, Ph.D.

The NSF, an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950, is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.  NSF: Citing Source: [http://www.nsf.gov/about/]: para. 1 [March 11, 2015]

ADI is a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations. ADI: Citing Source: [http://www.americandefense.net/about-us/our-leadership/]: para. 2 [March 11, 2015]

March 13, 2015