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NSF (National Science Foundation) Track

Track Chairs:

  • Dr. Siddiq Qidwai, NSF
  • Dr. Caglar Oskay, NSF / Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Marriner Merrill, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

If you have questions about the track events, please contact Dr. Merrill or IMECE

In this forum, National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide various avenues for the IMECE community to interact with program directors from the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division and the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division.

The track includes NSF-sponsored plenaries, a session on proposal development, 1-on-1 meetings with NSF program directors, and a student-centered IMECE-wide poster session for NSF-funded research.

One-on-One appointments can be made beginning October 1st.

Faculty members at U.S. institutions will have an opportunity to discuss one-on-one their research proposals and concerns with program directors (PDs) of their choice. PDs representing various aspects of CMMI and CBET will be available. The meeting time of 20 minutes demand that the PIs come prepared with their talking points. While faculty members may choose to meet with up to three program directors, they should focus on their key area.

The following information will be required at sign-up:

  • Name
  • Official University Email
  • 25-word description of research area
  • A link to the faculty member's university website, ideally their official research page

Sign Up for an Appointment with a Program Director


Available Program Directors for NSF One-on-Ones

  Program Director Area Bio / Program Area Link
CMMI Khershed Cooper / Thomas Keuch Advanced Manufacturing and Future Manufacturing More Information
Jo Culbertson Cybertraining, CDS&I, and CSSI Inititatives More Information
Laurel Kuxhaus Biomechanics and Mechanobiology More Information
Alexis Lewis Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea, AI Institutes, DMREF solicitation, Other data initiatives More Information
Caglar Oskay Engineering for Civil Infrastructure program More Information
Siddiq Qidwai Mechanics of Materials and Structures program and Foundational Research in Robotics program More Information
Andrew Wells Advanced Manufacturing and Future Manufacturing More Information
CBET Ronald Joslin Fluid Dynamics Program More Information
Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh Transport Phenomena Cluster More Information
Ying Sun Thermal Transport Processes Program More Information


Plenary: NSF – CBET Overview
TIME: 11:00-11:45 Eastern (tentative, check final program)

Dr. Richard B. Dickinson, Division Director of the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division (CBET), will provide an overview of current programs with an emphasis on current NSF priorities and funding opportunities. Relevant core programs will also be highlighted. Following the presentation, there will be a live Q&A.

NSF – CMMI Overview and Proposal Development Session
TIME: 12:00-1:30 Eastern (tentative, check final program)

Representatives from the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division (CMMI) will provide an overview of current programs with an emphasis on current NSF priorities and funding opportunities. Relevant core programs will also be highlighted. Following the presentation, there will be a live Q&A.

At 12:35, the NSF representatives will lead a session on successful grant proposal writing for the National Science Foundation. Participants will learn about key topics, including the components of a successful proposal and finding the right home for the research. Critical aspects of the merit review process, funding profiles, and NSF programs, solicitations, and other opportunities will be presented. This session is geared towards young faculty and senior graduate students pursuing academic careers at U.S. institutions, but the information provided will be valuable to principal investigators in any stage of their career seeking to learn more about proposal writing and NSF funding opportunities.

NSF Student Poster Competition


  • Dr. Po-hao Huang
    Competition Organizer
    University Of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • Dr. Zhiting Tian
    Competition Co-Organizer
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY, United States
  • Dr. Trevor Terrill
    Competition Co-Organizer
    Dixie State University
    St. George, Utah

For all questions, contact, do NOT contact the NSF Program Managers, they are not involved in the competition logistics and will not be able to answer any questions.

Students and graduates are invited to present and/or compete with their posters based on work from NSF-funded research. This forum provides the students an opportunity to disseminate their research to their junior, peer, senior, and experts-in-the-field colleagues. IMECE provides the unique environment for students to interact with fellow researchers from single-focus, multidisciplinary, and/or international backgrounds. The track is divided into the topics of (1) NSF-funded research grants/programs and (2) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).

  • 16-1 Poster Session: NSF-funded Research (Grad & Undergrad)
  • 16-2 Poster Session: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Both topics will be held simultaneous at the same venue to encourage networking and sharing of information by the participants. Awards will be presented to recognize and rank the outstanding posters and presenters. Judging of the posters will be made on-site. The Track Organizers will provide additional information after abstract acceptance, including poster format and the availability of limited travel grants.

Competition and Travel Grant Qualifications
All NSF-funded research and REU students are welcomed to present their posters at Track 16, with additional requirements for those wishing to be included in the competition. Qualifications for the competition include lead author, who must also be the presenting author, must be a currently registered student (undergraduate or graduate level) or has recently graduated (within 1 year from graduation date). Work must be primarily based on efforts from the past 2 years and majority funding source sponsored by NSF (such as research, educational, fellowship, or SBIR/STTR program). After abstract acceptance, authors will be provided the information associated with competition entry and limited travel award application for supplementing travel costs.

Forms and Information
Travel grant applications, templates for posters, and all additional forms are available for download here.

In-lieu of Travel Awards as in past years, supplemental funds will be made available to cover (either partial or full, TBD) registration costs and will be termed as Registration Awards. They will be based on an application and selection process with the application deadline of August 14th.

If you are interested to serve as a judge (no students allowed) for the poster session, please contact the Track Organizers at and provide your name, email address, and work affiliation.