Information Request to Center Directors for NRC MRSEC Impact Assessment Committee

Please address these questions first and return this form to the National Research Council by Friday, February 24, 2006. *If you would, please send any evaluations as requested in number 2 below as soon as possible.

Name of Center: _________________________________________________________________

  1. For the following, please indicate what you believe to be your MRSEC’s top 5:

    1. scientific questions currently addressed.

    2. lifetime accomplishments.

    3. most highly-cited papers. Please list full citation information.

    4. most important contributions to materials research science and engineering.

    5. most successful students who have gone on to careers in academe or industrial research. Please also indicate their key contributions.

  1. If your center has engaged in or commissioned any evaluations of the education and public outreach component, please briefly describe them and attach a copy of the evaluation report. (*Please see above—the committee is quite eager to learn from you!)

  2. What Shared Experimental Facilities have been established at your center? What research have they enabled for the MRSEC and beyond?

  3. What are the goals of your industrial collaborations?

  4. What do you feel would be the optimal outcome of your MRSEC’s industrial collaboration effort if the interaction were as successful as possible?

  5. What are the education/outreach goals of your MRSEC? How were the education/outreach goals of your MRSEC determined?

  6. How does materials research conducted at your center differ from that typical of single investigators at your institution? What is your impression of the reason for this difference?

  7. If you could propose one change to improve the NSF MRSEC program, what would it be and why?

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