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NSF CAREER Program Workshop 2020

NSF CAREER Program Workshop for UVA Faculty 2020

The Office of the Vice President for Research, in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Curry School of Education and Human Development, is organizing a half-day workshop for all UVA faculty and staff who are interested in the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. 

Date: March 9, 2020

Time: 9:00-1:00

Location: The Research Collaboration Corner, 1400 University Ave. Charlottesville, VA


Workshop Agenda:



8:45 - 9:00 Coffee and Light Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome and Introductions
9:10 - 10:10 Lightning Talks from UVA CAREER Awardees
10:10 - 10:55 NSF Program Officer Presentation (Slides)
10:55 - 11:05 Break
11:05 - 11:50 Panel Discussion with Workshop Speakers
11:50 - 12:00 Briefing on Pre-Award Administration (Neal Grandy and Jeffrey Fox)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch, Discussion, and Networking

Workshop Resources:

Additional workshop materials and resources are available on the NSF CAREER Program Workshop Resources page.

Workshop Speakers: UVA NSF CAREER Awardees



Bryan Berger Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Jennifer Chiu Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Kevin Grise Environmental Sciences
Michael Hilinski Chemistry
Ken Hsu Chemistry
Sara Maloni Mathematics
Dan Meliza Psychology
Sara Riggs Engineering Systems and Environment
Mona Zebarjadi Electrical and Computer Engineering

Guest Speaker: NSF Program Officer Carole J. Read

Bio for Dr. Carole J. Read

Dr. Read is a program officer in the Chemical, Environmental, Bioengineering, and Transport Systems (CBET) division of the directorate for Engineering of NSF. She has been at NSF for about 8 years (5 in CBET). Dr. Read has been recently named chair of NSF’s CAREER program Coordinating Committee across the Foundation. Prior to CBET, Dr. Read was a program officer in the Engineering Research Center Program of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC).

Prior to NSF, Dr. Read served as a technology development manager in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells program (now the Fuel Cell Technologies Office). In this program, she managed applied research and development in hydrogen storage technologies for transportation applications, ran the education program, managed market transformation projects, and led the U.S. participation in the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement on the Executive Committee of that research collaboration. Dr. Read also has industrial experience at then Arthur D. Little, Cambridge MA in chemical and energy industry consulting with expertise in technology assessment. Dr. Read also has experience in the petrochemical industry in then ARCO Chemical in process development.

Dr. Read holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a business management certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Workshop Participants



Ilse Cleeves Astronomy
Jennifer Guler Biology
Amanda Gibson Biology
Alan Bergland Biology
Sepideh Dolatshahi Biomedical Engineering
Donald Griffin Biomedical Engineering
Steven Caliari Chemical Engineering
Gaurav Giri Chemical Engineering
Rachel Letteri Chemical Engineering
Sen Zhang Chemistry
Yixin Sun Computer Science
Ashish Venkat Computer Science
Yonghwi Kwon Computer Science
Yangfeng Ji Computer Science
Seongkook Heo Computer Science
Sarah Fick Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Cong Shen ECE
Nikhil Shukla ECE
Homa Alemzadeh ECE
Shan Aman-Rana  Economics
Jamie Jirout EDLF - Curry School of Education and Human Development 
Ajay Limaye Environmental Sciences
Max Castorani Environmental Sciences
Lauren Simkins Environmental Sciences
Sally Pusede Environmental Sciences
Xi Yang Environmental Sciences
Donna Chen ESE
mehdi boukhechba ESE
Tariq Iqbal ESE
Afsaneh Doryab ESE
Julianne Quinn ESE
Nicola Bezzo ESE/ECE
Prasanna Balachandran Materials Science and Engineering
Bi-Cheng Zhou Materials Science and Engineering
Evangelia Gazaki Mathematics
You Qi Mathematics
Kevin Driscoll Media Studies
David Nichols Physics
Kent Yagi Physics
Peter Schauss Physics
Victoria Shen Politics
Adrienne Wood Psychology
Adema Ribic Psychology
Seanna Leath Psychology
Fiona Greenland Sociology
Jordan Rodu Statistics