My STEM Spark When I was in elementary school, I opened the World Book Encyclopedia and came upon an illustration of the hydrogen atom. I thought it was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. I asked myself, how do people know this? How do they investigate something so small? Though I spent the rest of my … Continue reading My STEM Spark

Accelerating our Big Ideas

Part of what makes NSF so special is our deep connection to the research community. We don’t just provide funding and support for institutions and researchers – we connect with them, to make sure that our work is effective in stimulating innovation. As often as possible, I try to travel to research institutions and meet … Continue reading Accelerating our Big Ideas

Innovation Challenge

In June, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) hosted the fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). This competition encourages innovative, entrepreneurial students to use science and engineering to propose solutions to real-world challenges, from energy generation to landmine detection.This year, 10 finalist teams were invited to the … Continue reading Innovation Challenge

2017 SciTech Forum and Exposition

Photo credit: AIAAAs part of the SciTech Forum and Exposition, I had the privilege to present a lecture that memorializes William Durand, a pioneer in the field of aeronautics and the first civilian chair of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics — the forerunner of NASA. Thanks to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics … Continue reading 2017 SciTech Forum and Exposition