In Memoriam – Lynn Preston

Front Matter


Chapter 1: ERC Program Origins

  1. The Historical Context
  2. NSF Pressed to Address National Needs and Competitiveness of Industry

Chapter 2: ERC Program at Startup

  1. Initial Formulation of Program Goals and Key Features
  2. Staffing Up
  3. Inventing New Processes at NSF
  4. Energizing the Community Inside and Outside NSF
  5. Did the Class of 1985 Succeed in Starting a “Revolution” on their Campuses?
  6. Lessons Learned from Start-up

Chapter 3: ERC Generations -1 to -3: How they Evolved

  1. Gen-1 ERCs and the Evolution of the ERC Construct Through a Strong University/Industry/Government Partnership
  2. Gen-2 ERCs: Honing the ERC Construct and University/Industry/Government Partnership for Productivity Between 1994 and 2006
  3. Gen 3 (Class of 2008–)

Chapter 4: University Perspective: Formulating, Operating, and Sustaining an ERC

  1. Pre-Proposal & Full Proposal Stage
  2. Operating
  3. Sustaining the Center Post-Graduation

Chapter 5: Research

  1. Gen-1 (1985–1990)
  2. Gen-2 (1994–2006)
  3. Gen-3 (2008–)
  4. Special Topics that Span the Generations
  5. Lessons Learned

Chapter 6: Industrial Collaboration and Advancing Technology

  1. NAE and White House Guidelines
  2. Building Sustained Partnerships with Industry
  3. Membership and Involvement: The Early Years – Gen-1 (1985-1990)
  4. Strengthening the Model in Gen-2: 1994–2000
  5. Transforming the Model for the 21st Century (Gen-2 & Gen-3): 2001–2014
  6. Exemplary ILOs
  7. ERC Participants Who Achieved Notable Success in Industry

Chapter 7: Education and Outreach Programs

  1. NAE and White House Guidelines
  2. Start-up: 1985–1990 (Gen-1)
  3. Broadening the Role of Education in ERCs (Gen-2): 1991–2000
  4. Transforming the Model for the 21st Century (Gen-2 & Gen 3): 2001–2014
  5. Sustaining Education and Outreach Post-graduation
  6. Exemplars

Chapter 8: Evolution of the ERC Leadership Teams and Post-ERC Careers

  1. Leadership Team Structure
  2. ERC Leaders Who Achieved Higher-level Academic Administrative Positions
  3. ERC Researchers Who Achieved National High-Level Recognition as Innovators
  4. ERC Leaders Who Attained Success in Industry
  5. ERC Participants Who Achieved Prominent Positions in Government

Chapter 9: NSF Program Management

  1. Overall Program Management System
  2. Program Oversight System
  3. Evolution of Program Announcements, Review, Awards, and Agreements
  4. Post-Award Oversight System
  5. Program Budgets/Center Funding
  6. Center Life Span
  7. Configurations of ERCs Over Time
  8. NSF Staff Leadership and Structure: “The Courage to Change the World”
  9. ERC Program Management vis-à-vis Higher NSF Management
  10. Community-building and Program Communications
  11. External Information Dissemination
  12. Diversity Policy, Strategy, and Results
  13. ERC Program Evaluations/Assessments

Chapter 10: Major Impacts on Academic Engineering

  1. ERCs by the Numbers
  2. Culture Change in Engineering
  3. Impacts on Engineering Education

Chapter 11: Impacts on Engineering Research and Technology

  1. Innovative Systems Platforms and Their Impacts
  2. Technology/Innovation Achievements and Impacts
  3. Industrial/Economic Impacts
  4. Perspective

Chapter 12: Perspectives & Lessons Learned