Archives for June 2016

NSF loses Pramod Khargonekar

Pramod Khargonekar visited with us on  campus in 2015. He headed the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate since February, 2013 and starts next week as vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Irvine. See the university’s announcement. An electrical and computer engineer, Khargonekar  was dean of engineering at the University of Florida from 2001 to 2009  and subsequently deputy director for technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Several of our early career faculty had consulted with him for mentoring.

graduate student funding program

In light of the new graduate student funding program:

  • The university will now remit all tuition and fees (except for dedicated fees) for all Ph.D. students on appointment 37.5% and greater AND MS students in non-PhD granting departments at 37.5% or greater.
  • The existing policy II-26 will therefore only apply to grant proposals and contracts that budget for MS students (any appointment percentage) and Ph.D. students budgeted for less than 37.5% appointment, unless the PI can document that the Ph.D. student will have additional funding that will take them over the 37.5% limit (i.e. a departmental GTA, another project, etc).
  • Existing grants and contracts MAY NOT be rebudgeted or renegotiated to move existing tuition and fees.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Vice Provost Research Mariesa Crow PhD



Dear Missouri S&T Faculty:

I am very pleased to share with you a new plan that has been developed for the Graduate Student Strategic Initiative Funds starting in the Fall 2016 semester. This plan was developed by a special committee appointed by Faculty Senate in the Spring 2016 semester. The committee shared information with, and sought input from, the Graduate Faculty, Faculty Senate, the Council of Graduate Students, Chancellor Schrader, Mr. Walter Branson (Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration), Ms. Rose Horton (Executive Director for Strategy, Planning, and Assessment), and myself.

The new plan has three components. First, all of the tuition and supplemental fees for PhD students on 37.5% FTE appointments or higher, and MS students in non-PhD granting departments on 37.5% FTE appointments or higher will be remitted starting in the Fall 2016 semester. This applies to all current and new students in these groups.  Please note that the department sponsor and/or student will be responsible for all “dedicated fees.”

Second, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (CDF) program will be modified such that the university will provide new recipients with a $10,000 fellowship each year and remission of their dedicated fees, while the academic departments and/or research investigators will provide each Fellow with a 50% FTE 12 month appointment. This is in addition to the tuition and supplemental fee remission for which they will automatically qualify. Current students holding a previously existing Chancellor’s Fellowship or Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship will continue to receive their existing fellowship. The new CDF program will still only apply to domestic students entering a PhD program. The fellowship will last for four years for students entering the PhD program and holding a Masters degree and five years for students engineering a PhD program and holding a Bachelors degree.

Third, the university will provide up to $50,000 each year in 1:1 matching funds for departments, research centers, and research investigators to fund activities to recruit students into these groups.

These programs will be reviewed periodically to determine if adjustments to any parameter is required in order to help assure maximum effectiveness.

The Graduate Fee Waiver Information form will be used such that graduate students qualifying for the tuition and supplemental fee remission will receive this remission when their department graduate secretary submits this form to the Cashier’s Office. By the end of the Summer 2016 semester the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies will develop policies for implementing the new Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship program and the Graduate Recruitment program.

Speaking for myself and those that developed and reviewed this new plan, we are convinced this will greatly contribute to the recruitment and retention of outstanding graduate students and will substantially enhance and grow the university’s research activities.

Sincerely, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert J. Marley, PhD CPE


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Smart Grid Advisory Committee Meeting

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Advisory Committee (SGAC or Committee), will meet in open session on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time and Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern time.The primary purposes of this meeting are to provide updates on NIST Smart Grid and CyberPhysical Systems Program activities and to discuss resiliency and reliability topics. see notice

INFOPaper for Early Career Faculty

June 23 2016

Here is a list of research early career opportunities. Let OSP know if you want help.

Next Deadline Opportunity Link from PIVOT
12 July 2016 NLM Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

21 Jul 2016 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

National Science Foundation (NSF)

10 Sep 2016 Early Career Research Program

United States Department of Energy (DOE)

15 Sep 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships

Sloan Foundation, Alfred P.

1 Dec 2016 Young Investigator Program (YIP)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
11 March 2017 Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) – Broad Agency Announcement for Basic Scientific Research

US Army

31 March 2017 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Fellowships for Early Career Researchers

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

21 April 2017 Early Career Awards: Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2 May 2017 New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

1 June 2017 Air Force Fiscal Year 2017 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)
Department of the Air Force (USAF)
  ARO Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research for Fiscal Years 2012 Through 2017

Army Research Office (ARO)

Steve Tupper

National Academy of Science ACRP request

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is seeking potential synthesis topics for the Fiscal Year 2017 ACRP Synthesis Program. The closing date for submitting synthesis topics is Friday, September 16, 2016.

 The ACRP is an applied research program with the objective of developing near-term solutions to issues facing airport-operating agencies. The ACRP undertakes research and other technical activities in a variety of airport-related areas, including operations, design, construction, engineering, maintenance, human resources, administration, policy, planning, environment, and safety. The ACRP is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and managed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, acting through the Transportation Research Board (TRB), in coordination with Airport Consultants Council, Airports Council International-North America, American Association of Airport Executives, National Association of State Aviation Officials, and Airlines for America.

 Syntheses are state-of-the-practice reports prepared under contract by outside individuals or firms. These reports seek to locate and  assemble information; to learn what practice has been used; to identify ongoing and recently completed research; to learn what problems remain largely unsolved; and to organize, evaluate, and document the useful information acquired. They do not undertake new research, nor do they contain policy recommendations. Syntheses describe and document current practice in a given area. They highlight practices that are viewed as successful by many of the entities surveyed in developing the synthesis, or that are characterized as such in the literature reviewed by the synthesis author. They are most valuable when they are focused on issues common to many organizations.

The ACRP 11-03 project panel oversees the ACRP Synthesis Program. The panel will meet in the fall 2016 to select synthesis topics for the FY2017 synthesis program.  In preparation for this selection process, this industry-wide solicitation for potential synthesis topics is being conducted.  A suggested format for submitting a synthesis topic is attached.  The preferred method for submitting an ACRP synthesis topic is online at:  A synthesis topic may also be submitted via e- mail to The topics received from this solicitation will form the basis for selection of the annual ACRP Synthesis Program.  They are not proposals to conduct the research but ideas, which are used to identify potential synthesis topics only.  Please review current ACRP synthesis topics so as to avoid duplication or overlap at:

Thank you very much for your consideration.  Your willingness to participate in the identification of relevant airport research topics is a key element of a successful, industry-driven ACRP. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at (202) 334-2981 or Gail Staba, ACRP Synthesis Program, at (202) 334-2442.

MinerFLY demonstration Friday June 24

MinerFLY is the campus program that makes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) available for research, education, experimentation and support. They operate out of a lab 2nd floor of Butler-Carlton Hall.

Friday morning – June 24 – they will do demonstration flights for the campus and local officials and interested public. Mark Bookout, Directer of Research Support Services at IT and the boss at MinerFLY invites us all.

“We plan to be ‘open for Q&A’ at 0930 tomorrow, with our first flight scheduled for 10:00 more-or-less (because you never know….).  The morning briefing for the crew will be at 0930.  If you wish to hear that as part of your experience, please plan to arrive a few minutes beforehand.  Questions from beginner to advanced levels are welcome. We’ll have flights completed by 11:30.

Flights for tomorrow will include

  • Demonstrations of a Go Pro camera equipped quad copter for first-person view flight with remote visual observers to obtain specific imagery,
  • Demonstrations of using a hexcopter to fly autonomously and obtain survey imaging (flying a preprogrammed path and gathering images at specific locations), and
  • A large octocopter for non-flying review of onboard systems.

In addition, the MinerFly crew will showcase

  • Benefits of Groundstation Support
  • Various crew roles for safe and effective flight operations
  • Preflight, In-flight, and Post-flight Communication standards

All flights will be at the Lions Club soccer fields.  Bring your friends and questions!”

Mark Bookout and his MinerFLY team demonstrating both their multi-copter and fixed wing drones.

Mark Bookout and his MinerFLY team showcasing both their multi-copter and fixed wing drones.

Congrats ASM Fellow Matt O’Keefe

Congrats to new ASM fellow Matt O’Keefe. See eNews article

Congrats to AEESP Fellow Joel Burken

great article in eNews. Congrats Joel!

Army Science Board Request for Information on Robotic and Autonomous Systems-of-Systems (RAS) Technology Initiatives

see Request For Information Regarding Support To Army RAS Competencies.

Specific information requested from industry on RAS products or technology (including Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV)) that companies are offering, or plan to offer, to government, civil or commercial customers is: Identification of the product and its capabilities; Description of the product or technology, including on-board processing architecture and functionality (e.g.,vehicle guidance, navigation and control, sensor processing); Description of the current autonomous functionality and capabilities (e.g., waypoint navigation, sensor management, perception/reasoning); Description of plans to increase autonomy and changes, if any, to on-board processing architecture/functionality enabling greater autonomy; Description of the Human-RAS collaboration capabilities, or planned capabilities, and changes, if any, to on-board processing architecture/functionality enabling greater human-RAS collaboration; Assessment of utility of current, or planned, products or technologies to Army applications and missions.

Large Scale Networking (LSN)— Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination (MAGIC) Team

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION  AGENCY: The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO), National Science Foundation. ACTION: Notice of meetings. Contact: Dr. Grant Miller at miller@ or (703) 292–4873. Reference the NITRD Web site at: http:// Date/Location: The MAGIC Team meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, 2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m., at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Please note that public seating for these meetings is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. WebEx and/or Teleconference participation is available for each meeting. Please reference the MAGIC Team Web site for updates. MAGIC Web site: The agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials and information can be found on the MAGIC Web site at: https:// index.php?title=Middleware_And_Grid_ Interagency_Coordination_(MAGIC).

SUMMARY: The MAGIC Team, established in 2002, provides a forum for information sharing among Federal agencies and non-Federal participants with interests and responsibility for middleware, Grid, and cloud projects. The MAGIC Team reports to the Large Scale Networking (LSN) Interagency Working Group (IWG). Public Comments: The government seeks individual input; attendees/ participants may provide individual advice only. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments to Please note that under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available to the public via the MAGIC Team Web site.

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