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MEMS Special Seminar: Daniel A. McAdams, PhD

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, 012
6548 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

"How to Get NSF Funding"

This seminar will be an overview of the elements and process that bring a proposal to be recommended for an award by a National Science Foundation program director. Detailed elements of the review and recommendation process are included. Details include steps in the process including examples of instructions given to reviewers and an overview of the panel review process. As well as best practice strategies in proposal targeting and proposal composition are covered to facilitate effective use of PI effort and increase the likelihood of a successful proposal composition and submission effort. The talk is targeted at the individual PI. The talk will be informative to first-time proposers as well as scholars who have not recently been directly engaged with the foundation.

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology



Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Event Contact

Kyla Kordell, kkyla@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Dr. McAdams is currently serving as the Program Director for Convergent Activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF) within the Engineering Directorate (ENG) and Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI). In his program director role, he supports multi-disciplinary and cross cutting research across CMMI, ENG, and all of NSF. He is serving in a rotational capacity from his permanent position at Texas A&M where he holds the Robert H. Fletcher Professorship in Mechanical Engineering in J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. McAdams’s research interests are in the area of design theory and methodology with specific focus on functional modeling; innovation in concept synthesis; biologically inspired design methods; inclusive design; and technology evolution as applied to product design. His research has been supported by various federal and private agencies. Dr. McAdams has been recognized for excellence in research and student engagement through both national and institutional awards.


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