Below is the program from the 2018 Accelerating Engineering Research Center Preparedness Workshop, held October 2 – 3, 2018 in Arlington, VA.


Tuesday, October 2

8:30 – 9:45 AM Welcome and Overview

Welcome and Introduction
Margaret Palmer, Director, SESYNC and Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland

NSF Priorities for ERC Program [Recording] [Slides]
Don Millard, Acting Division Director, Division of Engineering Education & Centers, NSF

The Promise and Challenges of Convergent Research [Recording] [Slides]
Yannis Yortsos, Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California

10:15 AM – 12:30 PM


Social Innovation and Impact 

Designing Research for Innovation and Social Impact [Recording] [Slides]
Dean Chang, Associate Vice President, Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland

Multi-Level Social Systems and Social Change [Recording] [Slides]
Jennifer Cross, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University

Panel [Recording]
Diversity for Convergence and Capacity Building 
James Moore, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Ohio State University

Anticipating Social Implications to Advance Goals [Slides]
Eleonore Pauwels, Research Fellow—Emerging Cybertechnologies, United Nations University

1:30 – 3:00 PM Team Science and Transdisciplinary Research 

Team Science: Current State of Knowledge [Recording] [Slides]
Kara Hall, Director, Science of Team Science Team, NCI, National Institutes of Health

Panel [Recording]

Transdisciplinary Research: Principles, Processes, and Products [Slides]
Shalini Misra, Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech University

The Role of Bridging Individuals  
Jonathan Kramer, Director for Interdisciplinary Science, SESYNC

3:30 – 5:00 PM Bringing It All Together for Successful Convergence Research [Recording] [Slides]
L. Michelle Bennett, Director, Center for Research Strategy, National Institutes of HealthPI/Co-PI Activity followed by Discussion/Questions 
Each PI team should articulate: 1) their mission statement; 2) its linkage to social innovation/value; 3) disciplinary/sector categories of team composition and multi-level stakeholders; 4) mechanisms to facilitate effective transdisciplinary work.
5:00 – 5:15 PM Day’s Wrap-Up

Junhong Chen, Dana Denick, Deborah Jackson, Kathleen McCloud, and Eduardo Misawa, NSF Program Officers

Wednesday, October 3

8:45 – 9:45 AM Introduction and Goals for the Day
Jonathan Kramer, Director of Interdisciplinary Science, SESYNCThe Birth of Regenerative Engineering
Cato Laurencin, University Professor, University of Connecticut
9:45 – 10:30 AM Center Processes and Organization Theory to Maximize Success

System Mechanisms & Leadership Shape Team Learning, Development & Effectiveness [Recording] [Slides]
Steve Kozlowski, Professor, Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University

10:45 – 11:15 AM Panel 
The Center as Experiment: Adaptation and Evolution of Center Processes [Recording] [Slides]
Margaret Palmer, Director, SESYNCRole of Organizational Design in Solving Complex Problems  [Recording] [Slides]
Guy Lotrecchiano, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Measuring Value

The Problem of Attribution  [Slides]
James Boyd, Director of Social Science & Policy, Resources for the Future and SESYNC

On Measuring Value and Impacts [Recording] [Slides]
Nic Berente, Associate Professor, Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame University

12:15 – 2:00 PM Ending Thoughts and Wrap-up [Recording]

Perspectives on the Future of Engineering Centers 
Sharon Glotzer, John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan

Closing Remarks
Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director for the Engineering Directorate