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NSF proposal writing workshop

Effective proposal writing is important for both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and principal investigators. To aid researchers in communicating clear research objectives and improving proposal quality, an NSF proposal writing workshop will be hosted at the NAMRC/MSEC Conference 2016, on Monday, June 27, from 12 - 6 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. The workshop will include presentations by NSF program managers, breakout sessions to discuss example research objectives, a working lunch (boxed lunches will be provided), and a question/answer period.

Interested researchers may register by emailing Dr. Tony Schmitz at with the email subject "NSF workshop".

Please list:

  1. Your full name;
  2. university;
  3. current rank, i.e., assistant, associate, or full professor; and
  4. vegetarian lunch option, if applicable.

Registration requests must be received by Monday, May 2, 2016. Space is limited to 75 attendees so please be sure to register early

Monday, June 27th from 1 - 4pm
GENEDGE - Reduce Product Development Time and Cost through "Lean Product Development"

Do development projects in your organization miss critical milestones? Are you developing product or market targeted technology?  Is there a known application for your technology?  Does your technology fit with known or projected trends?

Are you missing product launch dates? Is there confusion about critical customer requirements and specifications...both in the beginning (and throughout) your product development efforts? Once products are launched, do they meet sales expectations?  

If not, can your company "pivot" quickly to meet changing customer expectations?

If your organization struggles with these questions, this workshop is for you.  GENEDGE has answers!

We will show you a proven process that clarifies customer problems; identifies critical customer requirements to help solve those problems; and embraces a rapid product development methodology that optimizes in-house resources while guaranteeing your product meets customer needs. Lean Product  Development provides a structured approach to eliminate waste and reduce development time....all while addressing the emerging needs of your customers.

Paul Bolesta -  Paul has over 30 years of industrial product development, marketing and project management experience.  He has worked for companies such as Square D, Honeywell, and Weidmuller where he was the Vice President of Marketing.  Paul has a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  Most recently, Paul has been successfully working with DOD companies to diversify their business into adjacent markets.

Roy Luebke -  Roy has over 30 years of industrial experience with software development, marketing, and innovation.  He has worked for companies such as Kraft, Kimberly Clark, Church and Dwight, and Seagate Software among others.  Roy has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, an MBA, and a Master's degree in Design Methods and Structured Innovation.  Most recently, Roy has been successfully working with the US Navy and with DOD companies to diversify their business into adjacent commercial markets.

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