NSF Panel: Funding Opportunities & Update

Wed May 27, 2020 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm (CT)

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Don Millard
Deputy Division Director
National Science Foundation

Dr. Millard is currently serving as the Deputy Division Director of th Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) Division, within the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, he has served in a number of roles, as an acting Division Director, a Deputy Division Director and a Program Director -- involved with the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program, the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program, and the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (TUES) program (as the program lead). 

He also served as a founder of both the EHR Core Research (ECR) and the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) programs. Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Millard spent 27 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he served as a faculty member of the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Department and directed a number of research centers; including the Center for Integrated Electronics and the Academy of Electronic Media. Dr. Millard's research interests include electronics design and manufacturing, electrical testing/evaluation methodologies, semiconductor fabrication, electronic media development, information technology, and engineering education. He is the creator of the Mobile Studio project, which enables students to perform experiments that use an oscilloscope, function generator, digital control, and some form of power supply (in a portable package) - and learn at anytime, anyplace. He holds a patent for the development of a laser-induced, plasma-based Non-Contact Electrical Pathway and has received such awards as the Best Paper Award of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware. Dr. Millard has been voted Professor of the Year on three occasions, selected as RHA Professor of the Month and was chosen as the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Professor. 

Kishan Baheti
Program Director
National Science Foundation

Kishan Baheti handles the areas of Control and Sensor Networks in the Power, Controls and Adaptive Networks (PCAN) Program in ECS. Dr. Baheti received the B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in India from VRCE Nagpur, and from BITS Pilani, respectively. In 1970, he came to USA and received M.S. in Information and Computer Science from University of Oklahoma and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University. In 1976, Dr. Baheti joined the Control Engineering Laboratory of GE Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, NY. His work focused on advanced multivariable control for jet engines, signal and image processing systems, computer- aided control system design, vision-based robots for precision welding, model-based fault identification and parallel implementation of Kalman filters. Dr. Baheti and his colleagues received IR-100 award for robotic welding vision system. He has organized a series of educational workshops for GE engineers that resulted in innovative product developments and contributed to enhance university collaborations with GE business divisions. In 1989, Dr.Baheti joined NSF as a Program Director in the Division of Electrical and Communications Systems. His contributions include the development of NSF initiatives on "Combined Research and Curriculum Development", "Semiconductor Manufacturing", and NSF/EPRI Initiative on "Intelligent Control". He was instrumental in the development of NSF Initiative on "Research Experience for Teachers" to involve middle and high school teachers in engineering research that can be transferred to pre-college classrooms. Recently he is involved in networked control systems, sensor and actuator networks, imaging and computational video, micro and nano systems, medical robotics, science of learning, and dynamics and control of biological and medical systems. He has served as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, member of the Control Systems Board of Governors, chair for Public Information Committee, and awards chair for the American Automatic Control Council (AACC). He received "Distinguished Member Award" from the IEEE Control Systems Society. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow of IEEE.


Tony Kuh
Program Director
National Science Foundation

Anthony Kuh received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California , Berkeley in 1979, M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1980, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1987. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1979 to 1982 and has been with the University of Hawaiʻi since 1986. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Hawaiʻi . From 1999 to 2002 he served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department . He also helped to form the Hawaiʻi Center for Advanced Communications (HCAC) and served as interim director from 2000 to 2001. During the 2003-2004 academic year he was a visiting faculty member at Imperial College, London where he received a distinguished Fulbright scholar's award Dr. Kuh's research interests are in the areas of machine learning and neural networks, adaptive signal processing, sensor networks, and communication networks. Dr. Kuh was a recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1988. He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1998 for his contributions to analysis of neural network models and their applications to signal processing. He has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, from 1990 - 1991, 1995 -1997, 2002-2004, and 2005-2007. From 1990-1995 he served on the IEEE Neural Network Council Administrative Committee representing the Information Theory Society. He served as a member of the Neural Networks for Signal Processing Committee in the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 1998 - 2001. He also co-chaired the 1993 International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications held in Honolulu . He has served as local arrangements chair for the 1997 NOLTA Symposium, 1999 NOLTA Symposium, 2000 ISPACS Symposium, and the 2002 World Congress on Computational Intelligence all held in Hawaiʻi . He is also serving as the technical co-chair for the 2007 ICASSP to be held in Honolulu . His research interests are in machine learning (learning theory, kernel machines, reinforcement learning), adaptive signal processing, and sensor networks.


Paige Smith
Program Director
National Science Foundation

Paige Smith is the program director for broadening participation in engineering in the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the Engineering Directorate at NSF.

Tony Maciejewski
Professor and Head, Dept. of ECE
Colorado State University

Anthony A. Maciejewski was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 19, 1960. He received the B.S.E.E (summa cum laude), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively, all from The Ohio State University under the support of a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellowship. From October of 1985 to September of 1986 he was an American Electronics Association Japan Research Fellow at the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan where he performed work on the development of parallel processing algorithms for computer graphic imaging and simulation. 
In 1988, Prof. Maciejewski joined the faculty of Purdue University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and Full Professor in 1998. In August of 2001 he joined Colorado State University where he is currently a Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). In 2018-2019 he served as President of the ECE Department Head's Association. His research and teaching interests center on the analysis, simulation, and control of kinematically redundant robotic systems. His current work focuses on how kinematic redundancy can be utilized to design failure tolerant robotic systems for remote operations. He has over 300 publications, directs a research laboratory and has developed graduate courses in these areas. His commitment to education resulted in his receiving four undergraduate teaching awards. 
His research has been supported by NSF, Sandia Nat'l Lab, Oak Ridge Nat'l Lab, DARPA, NASA, Nat'l Imagery and Mapping Agency, Missile Defense Agency, Non-lethal Technology Innovation Center, the NEC Corporation, Caterpillar, AT&T, H-P, Intel, Chrysler, Wolf Robotics, and the TRW Foundation.
Prof. Maciejewski is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to the design and control of kinematically redundant robots," and has received the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the society as VP for Financial Activities and AdCom member as well as other roles. He has served on the editorial boards of nine different journals and as Editor in Chief of the Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) Conference Paper Review Board. He also was Program Chair for the 2002 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and has served on over 100 other conference program committees. He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.





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