Reaching a TIP-ping Point

The College of Letters & Science hosts the assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Directorate.

Each year, hundreds of UW-Madison researchers in STEM disciplines are making important discoveries, and they’re anxious and excited to see their work make a tangible impact.

Those scientists now have an additional ally at the federal level to help that happen. On March 23, the College of Letters & Science hosted a fireside chat with Dr. Erwin Gianchandani, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) assistant director of the agency’s new Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate, established in May of last year.

TIP is the eighth directorate to be established by the NSF. It’s the first new directorate in 30 years, and one of only two to be codified into law by Congress. Its charge is to advance emerging technologies and accelerate the translation of research to the marketplace and society. But while the focus has typically been on research discovered on the East and West Coasts, Gianchandani wants TIP’s focus to include and highlight the Midwest, as well.

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