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Presented By: Aerospace Engineering

Chairs Distinguished Seminar Series: On Outliers, Convergence, and Equity - Stories from NSF

Nakhiah Goulbourne Nakhiah Goulbourne
Nakhiah Goulbourne
Nakhiah Goulbourne
Associate Professor
Aerospace Engineering
University of Michigan

Dr. Goulbourne served 4 years as an IPA rotator and Program Director for the Mechanics of Materials and Structures program (MoMS) within the Engineering Directorate’s Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation at the National Science Foundation. During this time, she led and participated in a number of agency initiatives stimulating new research directions and equitable research practices. In this talk, she will share her experience and lessons learned during this time focusing on three main initiatives: convergence research at NSF, outliers viz a viz high risk/high reward research, and equity in STEM. She will conclude her talk by highlighting newer and lesser-known funding research opportunities at NSF. The views expressed are her own and do not reflect those of the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Nakhiah Goulbourne is Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her BA degree in Physics from Middlebury College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2008. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2009, she was Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Over the last 15 years, she has built a diverse research portfolio that is reflective of her general interest in mechanics of soft materials. From 2018 – 2022, she served as NSF program director for the Mechanics of Materials and Structures program (MoMS) within the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation. In 2021, she received the National Science Foundation Director’s Award for Superior Accomplishment. She is the foundational lead and primary author of the new Boosting Research Ideas for Transformative and Equitable Advances in Engineering (BRITE) solicitation. She initiated and led the EcoManufacturing thrust of the NSF-wide Future Manufacturing program, and served on several other NSF Working Groups including Emerging Frontiers Research Initiative (EFRI), Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Preparedness (PIPP), Future of Work-Human Technology Frontier Program (FW-HTF). In 2020, she spent a brief stint as Program Director in the Convergence Accelerator Office. She initiated and helped develop the CMMI Game Changers Academy (CGCA), a professional development program-providing faculty with skills to better identify high risk-high reward research ideas and enable a fair and equitable proposal review process. She served as Chair of the Engineering Directorate Broadening Participation and Racial Equity Working Group, which developed recommendations for the Engineering Directorate to create opportunities to enable the broad engineering community to create a culture of equity and inclusion.

Seminar can be viewed in person (Boeing Lecture Hall, 1109 FXB) & Zoom -
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