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“Engineering at NSF: Big Ideas and More”

February 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Three years ago, NSF announced Ten Big Ideas for Future Investments. From Harnessing the Data Revolution, to defining the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier, and Understanding the Rules of Life, all of the Big Ideas require cross-disciplinary, convergent research to make significant progress on these important societal challenges. The talk will present an overview of these ideas and describe some of the funding opportunities. There will also be a summary of the activities of the Engineering Directorate, highlights of new cross-cutting programs at NSF, and time for Q&A.

Dawn Tilbury

Assistant Director, Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation

Dr. Tilbury leads NSF’s Directorate for Engineering in its mission to support engineering research and education critical to the nation’s future and foster innovations to benefit society. The Engineering Directorate provides about 32 percent of the federal funding for fundamental research in engineering at academic institutions, and distributes about 1,600 research awards each year. The Engineering Directorate also helps to advance NSF’s Ten Big Ideas, including the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier, the Quantum Leap, and NSF INCLUDES.
A professor at the University of Michigan since 1995, in both mechanical and electrical engineering, Dr. Tilbury has a background in systems and control engineering. She is the inaugural chair of the Robotics Steering Committee and served as an associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. Dr. Tilbury retains her position with the University of Michigan, and shall return after her term with NSF expires.


February 26, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Wu and Chen Auditorium (Room 101), Levine Hall
3330 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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