Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Guest Speaker


Navigating Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation


Dr. Robert Landers


National Science Foundation


Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00:00 AM


GTMI Building, Room Auditorium


Dr. Michael Leamy


This presentation will provide an overview of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and funding opportunities offered by the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation within its various disciplinary programs and through NSF crosscutting initiatives. The talk will describe opportunities that are relevant to the robotics, dynamics and controls communities, with focus on the Dynamics, Controls and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD) program. The presentation will also describe programs targeted toward junior investigators and supplemental programs, as well as guidelines for NSF's Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts criteria.


Dr. Robert G. Landers (landersr@mst.edu) is a Curators' Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri Rolla) and served as the department's Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs for eight years. He is currently a program manager at the National Science Foundation. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1997. His research interests are in the areas of modeling, analysis, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes, and in the estimation and control of lithium ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. He has over 200 refereed technical publications and over $6M in research funding. He received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 2004 and the ASME Journal of Manufacturing SciencHe and Engineering Best Paper Award in 2014. He is a Fellow of ASME, and a senior member of IEEE and SME.