The National Science Foundation has selected Dr. Deborah J. Goodings as director of the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation of the Directorate for Engineering. George Mason University has granted a leave to Dr. Goodings for the duration of the NSF appointment, and Volgenau Dean Kenneth Ball has appointed Dr. Liza Durant to lead the CEIE Department in the interim.
The Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation, with an annual portfolio of over $200M, is one of the four research divisions in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Its mission is to fund fundamental research and education in support of the Foundation’s strategic goals directed at advances in the disciplines of civil, mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and materials design. In addition, the Division has a focus on the reduction of risks and damage resulting from earthquakes and other natural and technological hazards. The Division encourages cross-disciplinary research partnerships at the intersections of traditional disciplines to promote transformative advances in civil, mechanical and industrial systems and manufacturing technologies. It also encourages discovery enabled by the use of cross-cutting technologies such as adaptive systems, nanotechnology, and simulation. The integration of research and education is supported across all programs of the Division. These investments lead to advances that promote the global competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturing sector and enhance the sustainability and resiliency of the nation’s civil infrastructure.