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NSF seeks next leader of the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

February 6, 2018

NSF’s Directorate for Engineering announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Division Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI). 

The position provides an unparalleled opportunity to lead the Division to support research at the forefront of advancing fundamental knowledge in engineering; to share in the management responsibility of the Directorate for Engineering to advance NSF’s overall strategic goal "to stimulate innovation and address societal needs through research and education, and to excel as a federal science agency."

The Division Director for CMMI leads a team of professional and administrative staff in managing a broad portfolio of investments in research and education addressing the frontiers of knowledge that advance the Nation’s prosperity, health, and infrastructure. CMMI funds research to enable advances in:

  • manufacturing across scales ranging from nanometers to kilometers;
  • the transformation and use of engineering materials, including the study of biomechanics;
  • the design and use of civil infrastructure systems, including interaction with society and the natural environment;
  • the mathematical and decision-making aspects of engineering, including design and optimization; and
  • the control of dynamic systems (including robotics) and including the interface of systems with people.

The Division Director plays a key role in positioning and advocating for program activities within the context of NSF’s strategic plan, and in managing resources effectively to advance ongoing efforts and nurture emerging opportunities. The Division Director works proactively across NSF and in partnership with other federal and state agencies, industry, private foundations, and the academic community. The position offers a challenging and demanding opportunity to effect change and provide intellectual leadership.

The job opportunity announcement (CMMI-2018-0003) with position requirements and application procedures may be viewed on USA Jobs at 

General inquiries about the Division Director position should be directed to:

Dr. Mihail C. Roco
Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering
Search Committee Chair
(703) 292-7032 

NSF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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