National Science Foundation Engineering Priorities and Opportunities

Event Date/Time: 
November 8, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event Location: 
3405 Engineering
Professor Deborah J. Goodings, National Science Foundation

Abstract: Prof. Goodings will discuss priorities and opportunities for engineering research at the National Science Foundation, however this will not be an escorted tour through the NSF website.  She will give an overview of current funding opportunities; discuss issues influencing research planning; and provide insights into the proposal and award system.  The focus will be on early career researchers including PhD students with faculty aspirations, and on programs led by the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering, but it will also be relevant to any faculty members wishing to learn more about the mysteries of NSF.

Bio: Deborah J. Goodings is director of the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. The Division uses its $200 million annual budget to support research that advances knowledge to enable manufacturing, design and use of engineering materials, and building technologies across scales from nanometers to kilometers; to improve the resilience and sustainability of the nation's civil infrastructure, including reduction of risk and damage from natural and human-induced disasters; and to expand theory in engineering mathematics, engineering decision-making, and systems control and engineering.

Goodings is on leave from her position as Dewberry Chair Professor of Civil Engineering at George Mason University where she chaired the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. Before joining George Mason, Goodings held a faculty appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland for nearly 30 years. Goodings, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, has held leadership positions in professional societies, and has won many awards including the Fred Burggraf Award from Transportation Research Board, and the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from US Army. Goodings earned her B.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from Cambridge University.

Faculty Host:  Prof. Venkatesh Kodur (