eCAT Kickoff Meeting

September 15th, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan

Registration (closed)

The NSF eCAT kickoff meeting will be held on September 15th, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. This one-day meeting is to bring companies,  government agencies, NSF, and academic researchers together, discuss and select research projects, offer insights on the center's operation, get feedback, and network. To register for the event, please click on the RSVP and complete your registration. We will be sending more information as we get close to the meeting date, stay tuned!

Kickoff Meeting Agenda (Tentative)

September 15, 2023

8:00 - 8:45 am                                              Registration, breakfast, and networking

8:45 - 9:00 am                                            Opening remarks 

  Ali Abolmaali       Dean, College of Engineering, Wayne State University

9:00 - 9:30 am                                               Insights of the eCAT Center

                                                                                Mission of the center 

                                                                                Vision and value proposition including a brief description of Thrust Areas Capabilities of academic sites

9:30 - 10:00 am                                             IAB Members introduce themselves and provide short info about their company & Prospective members' introduction

10:00 - 10:30 am                                NSF IUCRC program (Mohan Kumar, Program Director,  NSF/CNS) 

  NSF IUCRC project guidance Role of IAB

10:30 - 10:45 am Break

10:45 - 11:00 am AirTable Introduction

11:00 - 12:00 pm                                     Project proposal presentations

12:00 - 1:00 pm                                    Lunch & Posters

1:00 - 2:00 pm                                        Project proposal presentations (continued)

2:00 - 2:30 pm                                         Introduction to the center bylaws

2:30 - 2:45 pm                                         Break

2:45 - 4:15 pm                                        IAB meeting (IAB members, Friedman Conference Room)

                                                                                Project discussion and feedback

                                                               Bylaws discussion approval

                                                               IAB voting for the projects to be funded

4:15 - 4:45 pm Next steps and action items (Industry members and site)

4:45 - 5:00 pm                                        Closing remarks

5:00 - 7:00 pm                                        Reception & Posters

7:00 pm Adjourn

Conference Venue

The eCAT kickoff meeting will be held at the Auditorium and Friedman Conference Room (5050 Anthony Wayne Dr, Detroit, MI 48202) in the College of Engineering - Wayne State University.

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Parking Instructions

Directions and Parking - College of Engineering.pdf