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1 Engineering Education Research (EER) and Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering Engineering Education NSF Awardees Conference February 1-2, 2010 Reston, Virginia Sally Wood, Program Manager Directorate for Engineering, Division of Engineering Education and Centers (ENG/EEC) slwood@nsf.gov 703 292 7107

2 IEECI Program Officers Sally Wood, 585N, telephone: (703)292-7107, fax: (703) 292-9057, email: slwood@nsf.gov Sally Wood, 585N, telephone: (703)292-7107, fax: (703) 292-9057, email: slwood@nsf.govslwood@nsf.gov Susan C. Kemnitzer, telephone: (703) 292-5347, email: skemnitz@nsf.gov Susan C. Kemnitzer, telephone: (703) 292-5347, email: skemnitz@nsf.govskemnitz@nsf.gov

3 NUE in Engineering Program Officers Mary Poats Mary Poats –Program Manager, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Engineering Education and Centers (ENG/EEC), 585 N, telephone: (703) 292-5357, fax: (703) 292-9051, email: mpoats@nsf.gov mpoats@nsf.gov Michael Gorman Michael Gorman –Program Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SBE/SES), 995 N, telephone: (703) 292-7318, fax: (703)292-9068, email: mgorman@nsf.gov mgorman@nsf.gov

4 Outline IEECI Program 2010 IEECI Program 2010 NUE in Engineering Program 2010 NUE in Engineering Program 2010 Reporting requirements for awardees Reporting requirements for awardees Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions Discussion Discussion

5 IEECI

6 EEC seeks proposals in three areas: Area 1. Innovations in Teaching and Learning (deadline 20 January 2010) Area 1. Innovations in Teaching and Learning (deadline 20 January 2010) Area 2. Translation of Engineering Education Research into our Classrooms (deadline: 31 March 2009) Area 2. Translation of Engineering Education Research into our Classrooms (deadline: 31 March 2009) Area 3. Implementation of Programs for Students Supported by the GI Bill (deadline: 31 March 2009) Area 3. Implementation of Programs for Students Supported by the GI Bill (deadline: 31 March 2009)

7 Anticipated Awards $8.5 M for 35 to 40 awards (pending the availability of funds ) $8.5 M for 35 to 40 awards (pending the availability of funds ) –10 Area 1 projects with maximum award amount of $400,000 –25 to 30 projects in Areas 2 and 3 with maximum award amounts of $150,000 or $200,000 for multiple institutions.

8 Area 1. Innovations in Teaching and Learning Projects will be supported that contribute to significant breakthroughs in understanding how students learn engineering so that our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare engineers to meet the needs of the changing economy and society. Projects will be supported that contribute to significant breakthroughs in understanding how students learn engineering so that our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare engineers to meet the needs of the changing economy and society.

9 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Engineering Epistemologies: Engineering Epistemologies: –Research on what constitutes engineering thinking and knowledge within current and future social and economic contexts. Engineering Learning Mechanisms: Engineering Learning Mechanisms: –Research on engineering learners' developing knowledge and competencies in context, with special interest in evolving areas such as service learning, systems level thinking, design, sustainability, and the intersection of biology and engineering. Engineering Learning Systems: Engineering Learning Systems: –Research on the instructional culture, institutional infrastructure, and epistemology of engineering educators. Of special interest is research on effective learning systems for personalized learning, one of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering

10 Innovations in Teaching and Learning, continued Engineering Diversity and Inclusiveness: Engineering Diversity and Inclusiveness: –Research on how diverse human talents contribute solutions to the social and global challenges and relevance of the profession. Engineering Entrepreneurship: Engineering Entrepreneurship: –Research on innovation and the development of entrepreneurial behavior. Engineering topics from previous IEECI exploratory areas: Engineering topics from previous IEECI exploratory areas: –Educational Opportunities Using Cyberinfrastructure and Virtual or Mixed Reality –Integrating Sustainability into Engineering Education –Future Directions for U.S. Doctoral Programs –Strategic Supply-Chain Partnerships for Engineering and Technology Programs –Insights into the Business of Engineering Education

11 Area 2. Translation of Engineering Education Research into our Classrooms Projects will be supported which identify significant barriers to the adoption of demonstrated successful research in engineering education and propose ways to remove or overcome these barriers so that the research results can be more effectively translated into practice. Projects will be supported which identify significant barriers to the adoption of demonstrated successful research in engineering education and propose ways to remove or overcome these barriers so that the research results can be more effectively translated into practice. "Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education: Ensuring U.S. engineering has the right people with the right talent for a global society," Phase 1 Report, Jamieson and Lohman, ASEE, 2009. "Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education: Ensuring U.S. engineering has the right people with the right talent for a global society," Phase 1 Report, Jamieson and Lohman, ASEE, 2009.

12 Translation of Engineering Education Research into our Classrooms Transfer of specific research results to broad application with demonstrated improvement in learning: Transfer of specific research results to broad application with demonstrated improvement in learning: –Projects may take a case study approach to discover the important factors necessary for broad adoption. Impact on different student populations and learning environments should be considered. Identification of characteristics of faculty and their environments which facilitate successful adaptation of new methodologies Identification of characteristics of faculty and their environments which facilitate successful adaptation of new methodologies Improvements in assessments and communication: Improvements in assessments and communication: –A significant barrier may be lack of faculty awareness of and confidence in engineering education innovations. –Focus on assessments based on confirmed learning theory that can be replicated and demonstrate that learning objectives are more effectively met. –Projects may also focus on more effective communication among practitioners about successful implementations.

13 Translation of Engineering Education Research into our Classrooms Effective use of technology: Effective use of technology: –Projects may demonstrate improved learning using communication, networking, and computation technology with low barriers to widespread adoption. Business model of engineering education: Business model of engineering education: –Projects may develop new models that show the relationship between improved student learning, resource allocation, and institutional success. –How will those faculties who adopt and translate contemporary research into their classroom be more successful? Is the prospect of improved faculty success one bridge over the "valley of death"? Innovation and "commercialization" model: Innovation and "commercialization" model: –Projects may explore the basic impediments to crossing the "valley of death" for engineering education research that will advance understanding of what "commercialization" means for engineering education research.

14 Area 3. Implementation of Programs for Students Supported by the GI Bill Research projects will be supported which help Schools of Engineering get ready to serve veterans. Research projects will be supported which help Schools of Engineering get ready to serve veterans. Proposals should include some or all of the features of an exemplary education and career development program for veterans. Proposals should include some or all of the features of an exemplary education and career development program for veterans.

15 Features of Exemplary Education and Career Development Programs for Veterans Providing year-round, start-to-finish program support for veteran students by providing customized curriculum which appropriately credits their military training and community college coursework. Providing year-round, start-to-finish program support for veteran students by providing customized curriculum which appropriately credits their military training and community college coursework. Organizational efforts to supplement the 36 months of academic support provided through the new GI bill with internships provided by industry and research activities provided by the university. Organizational efforts to supplement the 36 months of academic support provided through the new GI bill with internships provided by industry and research activities provided by the university. Encouraging innovative ways to support networking of veterans and the services they will need. Encouraging innovative ways to support networking of veterans and the services they will need. Cultivating external relationships established for the veterans that are intended to directly impact their career opportunities. Cultivating external relationships established for the veterans that are intended to directly impact their career opportunities. Celebrating the special attributes of veterans that recognize their unique attributes as a community of interest. Celebrating the special attributes of veterans that recognize their unique attributes as a community of interest. Institutionalizing the organizational model that is put in place to oversee and direct the integrated program being offered. Institutionalizing the organizational model that is put in place to oversee and direct the integrated program being offered.

16 IEECI Statistics YearNumber proposals submitted Number of Awards Total $M% Awards Area 1 % Funding Area 1 2008 NSF 08- 542 99348.238%72% 2009 NSF 08- 610 1874912.041%63% 2010 NSF 10- 502 ???Expect 40Expect 8.5Expect 25% Expect 47%

17 IEECI 2008 Awards by Area 13 Innovations in Teaching and Learning expansion projects 13 Innovations in Teaching and Learning expansion projects 12 Strategic Supply-Chain Partnerships for Engineering and Technology Programs exploratory projects 12 Strategic Supply-Chain Partnerships for Engineering and Technology Programs exploratory projects 9 Insights into the Business of Engineering Education exploratory projects 9 Insights into the Business of Engineering Education exploratory projects

18 IEECI 2009 Awards by Area 18 Innovations in Teaching and Learning expansion projects 18 Innovations in Teaching and Learning expansion projects 10 Educational Opportunities Using Cyberinfrastructure and Virtual or Mixed Reality exploratory projects 10 Educational Opportunities Using Cyberinfrastructure and Virtual or Mixed Reality exploratory projects 16 Integrating Sustainability into Engineering Education exploratory projects 16 Integrating Sustainability into Engineering Education exploratory projects 5 Future Directions for U.S. Doctoral Programs exploratory projects 5 Future Directions for U.S. Doctoral Programs exploratory projects

19 Changes from IEECI 2009 – NSF 08-610 Two deadlines: Two deadlines: –Deadline was 20 January for Area 1 –Deadline is 31 March for Areas 2 and 3 Area 1 Projects on Innovations in Teaching and Laerning: Area 1 Projects on Innovations in Teaching and Laerning: –Project description is basically the same Area 2 and 3 Projects: Area 2 and 3 Projects: –New project areas

20 NUE – New Announcement Coming Soon

21 Anticipated Awards 2010 Deadline for new competition will be in April or early May of 2010 Deadline for new competition will be in April or early May of 2010 $1.9 M (pending the availability of funds ) for 10 awards $1.9 M (pending the availability of funds ) for 10 awards –Maximum award amount: $200,000 –Maximum duration: 2 years ENG, EHR, SBE participating Directorates ENG, EHR, SBE participating Directorates

22 NUE Program Statistics ProposalsAwards Success Rate Total NUE $M* FY 03 803341%3.3 FY 04 703448%3.3 FY 05 871416%2.7 FY 06 11411 9% 9%2.1 FY 07 7512 16% 16%2.3 FY 08 6712 18% 18%2.3 FY 09 9615 16% 16%3.0 Totals589131 23% (average) 19.0 *MPS, EHR, SBE, CISE, BIO, EPSCoR, ARRA

23 Web links for NUE in Engineering Complete list of NUE awards: www.nano.gov Web-based Communications Portal http://www.nuecommunity.com http://www.nuecommunity.com

24 Web-based Communications Portal Web-based Communications Portal

25 Web-based Communications Portal

26 Reporting Requirements for Awardees

27 Awardee Reporting Annual project Report Annual project Report Final Project Report Final Project Report Proposals can not be processed if ANY PI or co-PI has ANY delinquent report. Program Nuggets/Highlights – now required Program Nuggets/Highlights – now required –Can be submitted anytime e.g. after a poster or paper presentation has been prepared

28 Frequently Asked Questions

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30 Common Weaknesses Good idea but not set in context of results already reported in the literature Good idea but not set in context of results already reported in the literature No research question No research question Curriculum development proposal with no proposed advance in understanding of how students learn Curriculum development proposal with no proposed advance in understanding of how students learn Too vague – methodology, research plan, evaluation not detailed Too vague – methodology, research plan, evaluation not detailed Limited scope, limited potential for broad impact Limited scope, limited potential for broad impact

31 More Frequently Asked Questions Does my proposal have to focus on one area or can it include two or more areas? Does my proposal have to focus on one area or can it include two or more areas? –The IEECI areas do have overlap, but the proposal should clearly focus on one area. It will be reviewed by a panel focusing on a single area. Can I submit more than one proposal? Can I submit more than one proposal? –Yes. There is no limit on proposals per PI or institution in the announcement. But be careful about competing with yourself too heavily.

32 Discussion

33 Your Questions Here Q: Q: –A:


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