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PREM Workshop

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 22:00 to Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 22:00
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When: April 17-18, 2007 Where: Holiday Inn Arlington, 4610 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, 22203, (703)-243-9800 Why: The purpose of the workshop is to evaluate the strength and weakness of the PREM program, outline its future, and formulate the recommendation of the community to the NSF.

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Idalia Ramos (UPRH), Prof. Frank Gomez (CSULA), Prof. Mikhail Noginov (NSU)

NSF PREM Program Directors

Dr. Maija M. Kukla and Dr. Thomas Rieker


April 17, 2007

7:30-8:00 Breakfast and Coffee 8:00-8:30 Lance Haworth, DMR Division Director, NSF 8:30-8:45 Maija Kukla and organizing committee: General instructions and charge to the panel 8:45-9:00 Tom Rieker and Maija Kukla, NSF PREM Program 9:00-12:00 Presentations 2004 PREM Awardees 9:00-9:30 Idalia Ramos, Crafting a Successful Partnership through two Cultures: The UPRH- Penn PREM, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao 9:30-9:45 Discussion 9:45-10:15 Oscar Su??rez, PREM: Paradigm and Realization of Excellence in Materials, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Download this presentation (.pdf) 10:15-10:30 Discussion 10:30-11:00 Peter Kalu, Comprehensive Integration of Research and Education in Materials Science, Florida A& M Download this presentation (.pdf) 11:00-11:15 Discussion 11:15-11:45 Frank Gomez, Empowering Students via Interdisciplinary Research, California State University, Los Angeles Download this presentation (.pdf) 11:45-12:00 Discussion 12:00-1:00 Lunch 1:00-1:30 Cora Marrett, EHR Assistant Director, NSF 1:30-1:45 Split in Groups 1:45-4:30 Working Groups Discussions 4:30-4:45 Break 4:45-6:15 Working Groups Reports & Discussions 4:45 Report Group A 4:55 Discussion 5:15 Report Group B 5:25 Discussion 5:45 Report Group C 5:55 Discussion 6:15-6:30 Break 6:30-8:30 Writing report/more discussions

April 18, 2007

7:30-8:30 Breakfast and Coffee 8:30-9:00 NSF Presentation and Remarks 9:00- 2:45 Presentations 2006 PREM Awardees 9:00-9:30 Paresh Ray, Research and Education in Organic NLO and Nanostructure Biological Materials, Jackson State University Download this presentation (.pdf) 9:30-9:45 Discussion 9:45-10:15 Mikhail Noginov, Nurturing a new-born PhD program in the PREM environment, Norfolk State University Download this presentation (.pdf) 10:15-10:30 Discussion 10:30-10:45 Break 10:45-11:15 Gabriel L??pez, UNM-Harvard PREM: Success Stories and Lessons Learned, University of New Mexico Download this presentation (.pdf) 11:15-11:30 Discussion 11:30-12:00 Joshua Halpern, Building a pipeline for materials careers, Howard University Download this presentation (.pdf) 12:00-12:15 Discussion 12:15-1:15 Lunch 1:15-1:45 Nicholas Kioussis, Multidisciplinary Research and Education in Computational Materials, California State University at Northridge Download this presentation (.pdf) 1:45-2:00 Discussion 2:00-2:30 Shaik Jeelani, Tuskegee-Cornell PREM-A Partnership for Research and Education in Materials Science and Engineering, Tuskegee University 2:30-2:45 Discussion 2:45-3:00 Break 2:45-3:30 NSF PD short presentations
  • C. Bouldin (IMR/MRI)
  • G. Tessema (NAF)
  • C. Huber (IMI/MWN)
  • U. Venkateswaran (REU)
  • L. Madsen (CER)
3:30-3:45 Break 4:00-5:00 Draft Report of working groups and final discussions Concluding Remarks, Maija Kukla, NSF



  • James W. Mitchell, Howard University
  • Dolores Miller, IBM-Almaden
  • Odessa Petzold, Corning Inc.
  • Laurence Henry, Southern University and A&M University
  • Sarah Young, Montana State, American Indian Research Opportunities
  • Theodore Hodapp, American Physcical Society
  • Martin Moskovits, UC Santa Barbara
  • Frank W. Snowden, UMN Twin Cities
  • Jagannathan Sankar, NCAT, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Mark Lundstrom, NCN Purdue University
  • Graciela Blanchet, Dupont
  • Branislav Vlahovic, North Carolina Central University
  • David Zubia U. of Texas, El Paso
  • Keith H. Jackson, Florida A&M University
  • Carlos Vargas-Aburto, Kutztown University

PREM teams

  • Frank A. Gomez (CSULA)
  • Yong Ba (CSULA)
  • Julie Kornfield (CIT)
  • Marcelo Suarez (UPRM)
  • Oscar Perales (UPRM)
  • Carlos Rinaldi (UPRM)
  • Eric Hellstrom (UWM)
California State University Northridge-Princeton
  • Nicholas Kioussis (California State University Northridge)
  • Gang Lu (California State University Northridge)
  • Emily Carter (Princeton University)
University of Puerto Rico at Humacao - University of Pennsylvania
  • Idalia Ramos, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
  • Andrew McGhie, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jorge J. Santiago-Avil??б©s, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Paresh C Ray (JSU)
  • Dr. Hongtao Yu (JSU)
  • Prof. Craig Hawker (UCSB)
  • Mikhail A. Noginov (NSU)
  • Carl E. Bonner (NSU)
  • Christopher Umbach (Cornell)
  • Julia Fulghum (UNM),
  • Gabriel Lopez (Univ. of New Mexico),
  • Kathryn Hollar (Harvard)
  • Shaik Jeelani, Tuskegee University
  • Pradosh K. Ray, Tuskegee University
  • Lynden Archer, Cornell University
  • Joshua Halpern, Howard
  • Gary Harris, Howard
  • Scott Sinex, PGCC
  • Scott Johnson, PGCC
  • Dan Reich, JHU
  • Peter N. Kalu (FAMU-FSU)
  • Justin Schwartz (FAMU-FSU)
  • Greg Rohrer (CMU)

Topics of group discussions

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Group A: Impact of PREM
  • Effect of PREM on performing research
  • Student training and Career paths
  • Visibility of PREM on campus and/or surrounding community.
  • Does the PREM address the needs of the community in a best way?
  • Effect of PREM on education in terms of teaching and learning.
  • Other
Group B: Building Partnerships
  • Effect of PREM on performing research.
  • Cyber-science and cyber-learning and how is it used in PREM.
  • Effect of PREM on education in terms of teaching and learning.
  • Other
Group C: Future of PREM
  • What should be the future of the PREM program to maximize the impact?
  • How to make PREM more visible?
  • PREM and American Competitiveness
  • Other