- EEC - About EEC
EEC integrates disciplinary basic research and education conducted in other divisions of ENG and across NSF, into strategic frameworks critical to addressing societal grand challenges and to promoting innovation. Research included in the EEC portfolio spans both the physical and life sciences and engineering, from materials to new device concepts, subsystems, and system. Applications range across a wide spectrum, including energy, health care, telecommunications, nanoelectronics, advanced manufacturing, civil infrastructure, the environment, information networks, and others. Also included are formal scholarly studies in engineering education and on how people learn, and investments in faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and K12 teachers.
The programs in EEC are administratively managed within three categories: (1) Centers and Networks; (2) Engineering Education Research EER; and (3) Engineering Workforce Development. The Centers and Networks category is comprised primarily of the signature Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program along with Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSECs) and a Science of Learning Center (SLC). They provide the structure for interdisciplinary research and education, development, and technology transfer in partnership with academia, industry and government. The Engineering Education Research category advances engineering pedagogy and learning strategies in traditional and non-traditional environments. The Engineering Workforce Development category includes programs such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), and the Veterans Research Supplements.