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Title: Research Forward Michael Steer Chair-Elect, University Research Committee Lampe Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Research ForwardMichael SteerChair-Elect,
University Research CommitteeLampe Professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Adelaide Residents
Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide Dam
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Adelaide Residents
Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide Dam
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Research Forward
Research Infrastructure
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Outline
  • Research Forward
  • What can we do that does not cost money?
  • A Center example.
  • What can we do with the zero-sum game?

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Research OrganizationOrganizing Ourselves
Organized Research
330 to 530 pm December 18, 2006 Organizer
Michael Steer, mbs_at_ncsu.edu
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Rationale
  • Enhance our research enterprise.
  • Discuss what we can do to be more competitive in
    bidding for large centers and facilities.
  • Initiate the development of a supportive
    structure
  • short term
  • long term

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Agenda
  • 331 Introduction and Objectives, Michael Steer
  • 340 David Bird, Chair, University Research
    Committee
  • 350 Linda Hanley-Bowdoin, Faculty Senator
  • 400 Steve Lommel, Assist. VC for Research
  • 410 Greg Parsons, Chemical Engineering
  • 420 Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center
  • Steve Michielsen / Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Textiles
  • 430 to 500 45 second elevator pitches (web
    page)
  • 500 Open Discussion, Chaired by Michael Steer
  • What do we want to do, and how do we do it.
  • 525 Adjourn.

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Outcome
  • We desperately need (more) funded center-level
    efforts
  • NSF Engineering Research Center
  • Homeland Security Center of Excellence
  • NSF Science and Technology Center
  • Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives
    (MURI)
  • Discussions amongst faculty
  • Research Infrastructure
  • Cross-college research opportunities
  • Faculty governance
  • Engagement between CALS and COE
  • Engineering the Life Sciences

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Research Forward 1
  • Invest in strong programs on campus
  • Growing what is successful
  • Use these as catalysts
  • Too often we have hired from outside with
    disappointing results
  • Support our People that can lead large efforts
  • The faculty most likely to lead the next big
    thing are those who already have big programs
  • Nurture and train the people who can do it
  • Do not forget the scholarship, single-investigator
    activities are valuable

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Research Forward 2
  • Leadership development
  • Who will be competing for major funding in 5 yr,
    10yr?
  • Learning from current NCSU research leaders
  • Retreat with selected center directors,
    consistent interdisciplinary grant winners,
    selected rising stars
  • Learning from Leadership Programs
  • Current URC topic using FRPD funds for
    leadership development

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Cross-College Research 1
  • Need to foster Centers of Excellence
  • ERC, STC, DoD, etc.
  • Build Centers (unfunded) to serve as a focus of
    interests
  • Too late to build a team sometimes, you go to
    submission with the team you have rather than the
    one youd like
  • Do not build one-person centers
  • Share facilities

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Cross-College Research 2
  • Future lies in identifying new ways to integrate
    Research with Development
  • For example
  • COE strong in D (systems building) CALS
    strong in R
  • integrate Systems Biology with Systems
    Engineering
  • A Center for Systems of Systems?
  • Cross-College Take what is best in one college
    and merge it with what is very good in another?
  • An NCSU research strategy?

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BIOLOGICAL SYSTEM
ENGINEERED SYSTEM
MUTATION NATURAL SELECTION
ORGANISM
HOMEOSTATIC PROCESSES
SUBSYSTEM
GENE REGULATION
PROTEIN/ MOLECULE
PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
TECHNOLOGY CAPABILITY
STRESS
ADAPTION
Homeostatic nervous, insulin, endocrine,
systems
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Cross-College Research 3
  • How can we best identify what we are truly good
    at?
  • Bring NCSU faculty together across disciplines
  • Research Night wine and cheese
  • Contrast with pre-Christmas Research Forward
    meeting

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Faculty Governance
  • CRCs (College Research Committees) need to be
    composed of existing and developing research
    leaders.

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The Need for Security Clearances
Call for Proposals February 27, 2007 White
Paper Due February 28, 2007 Response
March 27 Full Proposal April 30
Adding to the adrenalin rush ? grants.gov
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Evaluation Criteria 2.b
Mission-Related Significance the degree to
which the proposed research focus can yield
results that overcome existing and difficult
technical limitations ability of the applicants
to consult with Federal, state, local and private
stakeholders to refine research questions the
following questions may be considered during the
evaluation Can the applicants communicate their
results in formats accessible to and
understandable by Federal, state and local end
users?
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Evaluation Criteria 2.j
Results Transition The effectiveness and
soundness of a strategy to transition research
results to end users and mechanisms to accomplish
this transition, and demonstration of a clear and
effective plan for transitioning research results
for each project or research area ultimately to
homeland security mission agencies.
An institution cannot compete unless the PI (at
least) has a clearance!
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Should We do it?
  • As an institution are we pacifist?
  • No, we have grants with Department of Defense
  • We have contracts with defense companies
  • Do we do contract work?
  • Yes, and service work too. And proud of it.
  • Does a security clearance mean that we would be
    doing classified work on campus?
  • No
  • A security clearance is an NDA with the
    government (more-or-less)
  • Key is being able to read classified documents
    and to attend classified meetings
  • Other universities are going down this route
  • Often through non-profit subsidiary, sometimes
    directly
  • UNC Charlotte, Ohio State, MIT, Purdue, Georgia
    Tech
  • We must move on this and move quickly.

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Conclusions
  • Foster centers for networking
  • Re-build infrastructure support
  • Zero sum game
  • Reduce non research-related use of FA
  • Do not purchase equipment that could be obtained
    through competitive bid.
  • Zero sum game
  • Matching ? good
  • Supporting work that is not competitive ? bad
  • Hold security clearances for faculty
  • Create a non profit? Dont delay.
  • Big bet Engineering the Life Sciences
  • Other possibilities
  • Endowment of innovative research and graduate
    education
  • Campaign for Domestic PhDs

Research Forward!
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