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About the Division of Engineering Education and Centers

The Division of Engineering Education and Centers (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 in the EEC portfolio spans both the physical and life sciences and engineering, from materials to new device concepts, subsystems and systems. Applications range across a wide spectrum, including energy, health care, telecommunications, nanoelectronics, advanced manufacturing, civil infrastructure, the environment, information networks and others. The Division also supports scholarly studies in engineering education, broadening participation and workforce development. Topics of interest include: understanding how people learn engineering, creating diverse pathways for engineering formation and developing future faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral scholars and K-12 teachers.

The programs in EEC are administratively managed within four clusters.

- The Centers and Networks cluster is comprised primarily of the signature Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program along with Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSECs), the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) and a Science of Learning Center (SLC). These provide the structure for interdisciplinary research and education, development and technology transfer in partnership with academia, industry and government.

- The Engineering Education cluster advances our understanding of the professional formation of engineers, including engineering identity formation in traditional and non-traditional environments.

- The Broadening Participation in Engineering cluster supports research and activities that enhance opportunities for underrepresented groups by addressing structural inequalities and biases within educational and workforce systems.

- The Engineering Workforce Development cluster includes programs such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) and the Veterans Research Supplements.

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